U nited Way of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo 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 is of Wood Buffalo being a healthy and strong community where social issues are solved.

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 55 programs and services in our community that are offered by 27 local social profit agencies.

Our History


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


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


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


The goal is set for $1 million


The Redpoll Centre opens as a nonprofit shared space


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


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


The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place officially opened on June 1


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.


The organization was renamed ‘United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo’ to reflect the mandate of the organization and its impact on, and commitment to, the entire region.