United Way Halifax wins Not-For-Profit of the Year at Halifax Business Awards

On March 25, 2021, the Halifax Business Awards recognized United Way Halifax as Not-For-Profit of the Year. This was the first time the not-for-profit sector was recognized at these awards.

We are delighted and humbled to receive this award, especially among finalists in which we hold in such high regard for their vision and impact in our community. Thanks to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce for hosting the Halifax Business Awards, and to the judges who took the time to go through this year’s nominees and make some tough decisions. We also owe huge thanks to Medavie, the sponsor of the first-ever Not-For-Profit of the Year Award and a proud United Way Halifax partner.

Our CEO, Sara Napier, accepted this award on behalf of the United Way Halifax team. This achievement just wouldn’t be possible without our staff, Board members, donors, volunteers, and partners and their continued commitment to and passion for community. Thank you for your belief in our vision for a Halifax united by compassion, rich in opportunity, and free of poverty.

The work of the not-for-profit sector is critically important. As a collective, the sector provides basic needs, inclusion, compassion, equity, and connection. We give voice to inspire a reimagined society. It is meaningful and important to see the sector recognized alongside the businesses that also bring strength and prosperity to Halifax.

This last year was like none other for all of us. Although it was difficult, United Way’s purpose was put to important use by doing what we do best. We brought donors, volunteers, and partners together to invest in critical needs, and support positive change in HRM, and across Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.

We’re proud of the trust donors, businesses, and government have in United Way, all of which paved the way for a strong COVID-19 response. In addition to our regularly funded programs, we provided emergency relief funding to 74 HRM charities to meet immediate needs of those most marginalized. In total, nearly 24,000 people benefitted from that funding.

Looking forward, we remain grateful, hopeful, and focused. We will do all we can to support the needs that were amplified during the early months of the pandemic, and still persist in our community. Thank you for joining us on this journey ahead.