Who We Are

United Way Halifax is a donor-funded, community building organization and your local leader in poverty solutions. We create opportunities for you to benefit from an act of local love, and make it easy for you to learn about, connect with, support and help solve local issues you care about. 

We currently provide funding to 34 programs that are addressing the issues of poverty, housing and isolation in neighbourhoods across HRM. We’re also part of two partnerships that work on solutions to poverty that no one organization could do alone, and we invest in several projects that help make our  community stronger, healthier and more prosperous. In 2018, donor dollars were used to impact more than 20,000 local lives.

United Way has a long history in Halifax and we are part of a national movement that is tackling social issues by harnessing Canadians’ love for their communities.


Our History

The history of United Way Halifax is rooted in the Halifax Explosion – an event that devastated the city in 1917. From this tragic event, the citizens of Halifax responded with a strong sense of compassion to help one another, and resiliency to rebuild their community. Community leaders in the city also began the work of creating a community chest fund which marks the beginnings of United Way’s Community Fund.

The purpose of the community chest was to conduct a single community campaign to raise money for local agencies meeting needs on the ground. As the needs of our community have changed over the years, so have we. Today, we are advocates, partners, facilitators, funders, continuous learners and experts in poverty solutions. We believe everyone has a right to belong, have a home and live a good life.