About Us

Mission, Vision & Values

2017 Annual Report


To build and strengthen our community by bringing people and resources together to facilitate change.


We see a future where people are self-sufficient in a community where individuals live with hope, dignity and a sense of belonging.


We will be known as an organization that:

  • Operates with integrity, transparency and accountability to the highest ethical standards to ensure public trust
  • Provides leadership in driving social change, partnerships and collaborative innovation
  • Respects community wisdom by considering diverse viewpoints
  • Harnesses and engages the talents and resources in our community to enhance a philanthropic culture
  • Promotes volunteerism through creating awareness and engagement

Message from the CEO & Board Chair

The 2017 year was a busy and productive one for the United Way. We continued to build on strengths and areas of growth, while addressing the ongoing challenges that face charities in disruptive times. This past year, the Board of Directors reviewed and developed the strategic direction for the organization. The process included seeking input from key stakeholders and staff. It builds on the success of the previous strategic direction.

The annual campaign was another success! Thank you to the efforts of the Campaign Cabinet and to thousands of volunteers. A special note of appreciation goes to Pat Murphy, 2017 Campaign Chair, for his high energy, enthusiasm and his reminder that #EveryDollarCounts.

Planned Giving is an area the Board and staff will be focusing on in the coming years, letting our supporters know how they can continue their tradition of giving. The United Way received our largest bequest from Mr. & Mrs. Scholes with a $1.5 million gift that was invested in our endowment fund. The Board made a decision that all income from the endowment fund will be invested in programs that support people moving from poverty to possibility.

Youth in our region face many challenges and research identified a high rate of homelessness, addictions and mental health. Our United Way has spent the last five years working on the issue of youth homelessness and we are beginning to see positive impact in this area. Today, there are fewer youth who are homeless in shelters, fewer youth homeless on the streets of downtown Kingston and more youth engaged and enrolled in programs delivered by our agencies. A full report can be found on our website at www.unitedwaykfla.ca/youth/.

This year, United Way staff, agency staff and local volunteers developed a new Community Investment Strategy that provides clarity around funding criteria and evaluation processes. This strategy articulates the Board’s focus on prevention and addressing root causes, while recognizing the continued need to support some programs that provide intervention and support.

As we look back on another successful year, we would like to thank the thousands of donors, volunteers and funded agencies who made this happen. Your support helps so many people in our community live with hope, dignity and a sense of belonging.

For this we thank you.

Jody DiRocco

2017 Chair, Board of Directors

Bhavana Varma

President & CEO

2018 Board of Directors

United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington is governed by its Board of Directors, a diverse group of community leaders and key decision makers who provide vision, strategic leadership, advocacy, accountability, and stewardship.


Mike Ryan

Past Chair

Jody DiRocco

Vice Chair

Daren Dougall


Matthew Van Nest


Richard Allen


Peter Clarke


Fred Godbille


Joan Jardin


Patrick Legresley


Patrick Murphy


Leanne O'Mara


Stephen Peck


Allen Prowse


Michelle Wilson

President & CEO

Bhavana Varma

Staff Team: United Way KFLA Staff Team: www.unitedwaykfla.ca/about-us/united-way-team/

Campaign Cabinet & Committees

Fred Godbille

2018 Campaign Chair

E.I DuPont Canada

The United Way campaign is led by community volunteers. Thanks to their efforts, and the hard work and dedication of over 2,500 volunteers, funds are raised to support our families, friends and neighbours right here in KFL&A.

Cabinet Members

Pat Murphy

Past Campaign Chair

Secura Financial Group

Shawn Armstrong

Government Leadership Chair

Kingston Fire & Rescue

Elizabeth Bardon

Healthcare & Agencies

Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Ryan Boehme

Municipal Government Division Chair

Utilities Kingston

Rejean Bruneau

Labour Liaison

Kingston & District Labour Council

Nancy Bradshaw


Postmedia Network Inc.

Chris Doucet



Col. K.A. Gallinger


CFB Kingston

Daren Dougall

Provincial Government Division

Ministry of Children & Youth Services, Youth Justice Services

Bill Durnford

Chair, Business Development

Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre

Scott Harris


Correctional Service Canada

Prof. Thomas J. Harris


Queen's University

Sergiy Kolosov

Provincial Government Division

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Dennis McAllister



Antje McNeely


Deputy Chief, Kingston Police

Liza Nelson


Postmedia Network Inc

Debra Rantz


Limestone District School Board

Don Seymour

Healthcare & Agencies Sector Chair

Michelle Wilson

Finance Sector

TD Bank Group

John Sheridan

Major Individual Gifts

Retired CEO Ballard Power Systems & Corporate Director

Affinity Groups

Elizabeth Brown

Women United

Desiree Kennedy

Women United

City of Kingston

Jennifer Lemieux

Women United


Cathy Wilson

Women United


Michelle Wilson

Women United


Dr. Jim Parker

Retiree Task Force Chair

Parsons (Retired)

Arlene Aish

Retiree Task Force

Lana Foulds

Retiree Task Force

Marina Lee

Retiree Task Force

Tim Salmon

Retiree Task Force

Nancy Taylor

Retiree Task Force

Mitch Purcell

Next Gen Co-Chair


Gillian Moren

Next Gen Co-Chair

Marc Varin

Tech United Chair


Ben Bowen

Tech United

Open Door Media

Jeff Bumstead

Tech United

City of Kingston

Financial Report

Commitment to Community

United Way raises funds and invests them locally for maximum impact. We are able to accomplish this thanks to generous donors, partners, and supporters.

We take our accountability to the community very seriously. We strive to make our reports to the community transparent and easily understood.

We have been recognized for accountability, and transparency in financial reporting having received a 4-star rating by Charity Intelligence Canada.

Effective, Efficient and Accountable

  • We comply with United Way of Canada’s Transparency, Accountability and Financial Reporting standards.
  • We actively solicit in-kind donations, sponsorships, pro-bono services and the support of volunteers to keep expenses as low as possible. This ensures that as much as possible of every dollar goes directly to the community.
  • Every year, thousands of volunteers come together to raise funds for services that benefit their family, friends and neighbours.

Annual Registered Charity Disclosure and CEO Salary

  • Our latest Canada Revenue Agency annual T3010 registered charity disclosure is available at the link below.
  • The Compensation Committee periodically benchmarks CEO salaries of not-for-profit organizations within the region. We regularly review the compensation levels of our staff to ensure they are within reasonable rates for the level of skill, knowledge and experience required for the role.
  • Compensation levels of the 10 highest paid staff for all charities are available at the CRA website, under Charities Listings. For a quick view of our compensation levels please visit http://bit.ly/CRA-quickview-2017

Financial Highlights

Total Revenue


Total Expenses



Liabilities & net Assets

In 2017, disbursements to the community were as follows:

A full copy of our audited financial statements is available at:

Reports: Treasurer & Labour

Matthew Van Nest


As Treasurer of the United Way, I am pleased to share a few of the significant financial highlights of 2017. We received the largest single bequest in our history in the amount of $1.5M, allowing the establishment of the Audrey & Peter Scholes Memorial Fund.

The Kingston Penitentiary Tours had another successful year resulting in the contribution of $800,000 towards programs to reduce youth homelessness. We would like to extend our thanks to Correctional Services Canada, St. Lawrence Parks Commission, and the City of Kingston for their support and generosity.

An Investment Committee was formed to provide oversight of our growing endowment fund and general operational investments. The Investment Policy was finalized with valuable input from committee members, staff and our advisors at CIBC Wood Gundy.

As a result of significant investments and some advance payments on multi-year commitments our United Way had a higher than usual cash position at the end of 2017 and plans to invest these funds in early 2018.

Our United Way continues to operate efficiently keeping the fundraising and related administrative ratio as low as 13%. I’d like to thank the Finance and Investment Committees and the staff of the United Way for their guidance and support this past year.

Matthew Van Nest

Joan Jardin

Board Labour Liaison

It has been a pleasure to work with the other United Way Board Directors. We have dealt with many issues that positively affect our community and the direction of our United Way. I continue to be impressed by how each Director collaborates to prioritize the needs and dignity of people.

Yours in solidarity,
Joan Jardin
District Officer, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’
Federation (OSSTF) Limestone District 27
Second Vice President, Kingston & District
Labour Council
United Way Board Member

For a full copy of the 2017 Labour Report:

Click for more information on the partnership between the United Way KFL&A and Labour.