United Way BC president says organization still focused on local nonprofits post-merger
“We were able to bring talent, money and expertise to respond to a very difficult and tragic situation for the citizens of our province,” McKnight said. CFJC Today. “The merger allowed us to do that in a more responsive, and probably holistic and efficient way.”
Kristi Rintoul has been part of the United Way in Kamloops for several years. In the Thompson-Nicola-Cariboo office, she was the only team member focused on monitoring the impact of the funds United Way puts back into the community.
“Now I have a team of managers who manage community impact and investment, all looking at how we can best serve the communities where we live, work and play,” says Rintoul. “But we’re also looking to combine our efforts and leverage our expertise and knowledge to find innovative ways to present ourselves in the community.”
Chelsea Ingram began her position as Resource Development Associate with the position when United Way BC was formed last summer. During this time, she has seen the impact the funds raised can have on people in need across the region.
“Being able to be there and support them when they need us the most has been so wonderful and profound to see,” Ingram says. “Being able to put a million dollars that we raised last year back into the community – which needs this support now, more than ever – is such an amazing thing to be a part of.”
And of course, the Centraide Foundation has always made sure that all the money raised stays within the community that donated.
“Funds raised locally stay local,” says McKnight. “It was part of the basic principle of the fusion. We know that people identify with their local United Way. When they donate to our organization, they expect to help vulnerable people in their own community.