Why United Way

Over 135,000 people live in poverty right here in the Edmonton region. Many people across our university, government, and multiple community organizations and agencies are working to understand and solve this problem. The United Way stands at the heart of many of those efforts by supporting the delivery of over 100 programs and services — all dedicated to creating pathways out of poverty partnering with 50 other organizations in the Edmonton area.

University of Alberta Connections

Many of the 50 member organizations partnered with the United Way also partner with the U of A. They open their doors to our students through internships and co-ops. They assist researchers through joint research projects. Most importantly, they help people on our campuses directly through the services they provide.


2019 Campaign Launch

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
SUB Stage | Students' Union Building


Plasma Car Derby

Friday, October 25, 2019
12 – 1 p.m.
Social Street | Van Vliet Complex

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Making a difference for the community

The United Way is an effective fundraiser for charities in our community, but it also creates collaboration among community partners who are focused on solving the underlying causes of poverty. The U of A and United Way work together in that effort and the results affect people throughout the university community.

How Nicola Found Her Strength

With her friendly smile, U of A education student Nicola Dakers radiates warmth and empathy — she’s someone you feel you could confide in, share your troubles with. But that generosity of spirit was hard fought for. After experiencing early sexual trauma and decades of depression, Nicola found a light with help from the Sexual Assault Centre, a partner funded by the United Way.

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How To Help

You can help improve the lives for more than 135,000 people in the Edmonton area who live in poverty by donating to the U of A’s United Way fundraising campaign. Last year the U of A raised $658,071 to help those supported by the United Way Capital Region.

The University of Alberta United Way campaign is recruiting staff for experiential learning opportunities as campus ambassadors and event planning support. Gain leadership experience, build new skills, and meet people across campus while supporting people in need in your community.


Poverty isolates people from their community. Let those in need know that they aren’t alone by showing your support and sharing their stories of survival and triumph. Spread the word about the campaign and the work being done to address poverty.


For more information, please contact

Darlene Bryant

Donation Matching Program 2019

For 2019, the Edmonton Community Foundation has pledged to match donations between $365 and $1,199 as follows:

  • New donors giving at this level are eligible to have their entire gift matched
  • Existing donors who increase to this level can expect to see the increase over their past donation(s) matched

To be eligible for the matching program, all donors must consent to receive more information about the United Way.

Augustana Campus

United Way – Central Alberta is running a Leadership Matching Challenge this year. Learn more here.