A statement on the allegations against United Way Worldwide

Feb. 6, 2021

Reported allegations of misconduct at United Way Worldwide are deeply concerning. They are not aligned with what we at United Way Elgin Middlesex stand for: Creating a safe space for everyone, especially women and girls.

In Canada, our national organization is United Way Centraide Canada. We are a member of the international network of United Ways but operate independently as a registered Canadian charity with our own governance, policies and practices. The recently reported allegations and financial issues at United Way Worldwide do not affect or involve United Way Elgin Middlesex. We remain financially strong and independent.

As a member of United Way Centraide Canada, United Way Elgin Middlesex is deeply committed to maintaining a safe and inclusive work environment that is free from harassment and violence and that enables all our employees to thrive. We value our employees and have in place the internal policies and procedures to protect them. Maintaining a safe work environment and facilitating a positive and inclusive culture are core values of our organization.

We have a long history of working to advance gender equality, including investing in programs and services that help move women and girls out of violence and poverty, and advocating for systems-level change so we can address root causes of inequality.

That said, we know that there is continued room for change, growth and learning. A lot more work needs to be done to eliminate inequities and oppression of women everywhere. We will continue to push forward tirelessly with this work.

United Way Centraide Canada has been in contact with the Chair of the United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees and the Chair of the United Way USA Board of Trustees to express significant concern over these allegations.

Read United Way Centraide Canada’s message to donors, supporters and partners:


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