T he United Way of Fort McMurray believes in Community Impact, a movement towards creating meaningful, long-term improvements to the quality of life in Wood Buffalo. Our goal is to improve lives through education, social innovation, and by engaging our community, giving our agencies the tools to succeed.

Our vision of Fort McMurray being a community where it is possible and easier to solve issues involves a strong network of social profit (nonprofit) organizations, engaged leaders, and people committed to change.

We operate out of a shared social profit space called The Redpoll Centre, organize an annual fundraising campaign, and collaborate with multiple stakeholders to increase capacity in the sector and in the region.

The funds we raise in our annual fundraising campaign are invested back into the community in four areas:

  • Strong Communities
  • All That Kids Can Be
  • From Poverty to Possibility
  • Capacity Building

Currently we fund over 65 programs and services in our community that are offered by 31 local social profit agencies.

Our History

1978

The United Way of Fort McMurray was established by Mary-Anne Warren

1979

The first United Way campaign kicked off with a breakfast at Syncrude Canada Ltd. announcing a goal of $125,000

1985

The Community Campaign target surpasses $500,000 for the first time

1999

The goal is set for $1 million

2008

The Redpoll Centre opens as a nonprofit shared space

2010

The campaign total is announced as part of the Northern Classic, an historic outdoor junior hockey game on MacDonald Island

2014

The United Way was announced as the anchor tenant for the new social profit shared space at Shell Place

2015

The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place officially opened on June 1 Place

2016

The Fort McMurray wildfire caused the evacuation of the entire city on May 3rd. It became the costliest disaster in Canadian history.

Diane Shannon retired as Executive Director on December 1st, replaced by Cecilia Mutch.