Campaign talks about lives it changes; Agency wants donors to know their money makes a difference
"...In recent years, the United Way has moved away from being simply a money collector and distributor for other agencies to becoming a facilitator for community-wide programs, changing its funding criteria to reflect fewer, more focused goals and leading its own initiatives...." (Louisa Taylor, Ottawa Citizen, 27 September 2012)
United Way, local agencies mend fences; Groups clear air over funding process
"Last year's annual general meeting of the United Way of Ottawa was a tense evening of motions and counter-motions, with the mood so combative that one participant described the agency's relationship with the organizations it funds as a marriage in need of counselling. On Tuesday night, almost exactly a year later, it seems the marriage is intact, the counsellor's report is in and - while serious differences remain - there are signs of hope for a lasting union..."
(Louisa Taylor, Ottawa Citizen, 20 June 2012)
Direction of United Way Ottawa cause for concern, critics say "Critics of United Way Ottawa continue to question the "strategic direction" of the organization despite a new re-port that recommends various ways in which UWO could - and should - do better by charitable groups in the region..."
(Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen, 15 June 2012)
The Divided Way
"This year's United Way campaign kicked off with a huge party and a record goal, but not everyone is lauding the organization's ambitions. As the United Way looks to transform itself from a simple fundraiser into an 'agent of change,' some social service agencies say it is leaving them behind..." (Louisa Taylor, Ottawa Citizen, 22 October 2011)
The United Way's Allocation Conundrum
"As the 2011 campaign kicks off, Ottawa’s charity of charities strives to explain its new funding directions — and win over a legion of vocal doubters..." (Rob Thomas, Ottawa Magazine, October 2011)
Ottawa's United Way changes funding process; Agencies now to compete for dollars
"United Way Ottawa took a big step toward a major cultural shift in the social sector Wednesday with the announcement of $6 million in funding to local agencies based on an open competition for dollars..."
(Zev Singer and Louisa Taylor, The Ottawa Citizen, 9 June 2011)