Switching to Sumac has been one of the best decisions we have made as an organization. It has allowed us to gain better control of our information and do a much better job of connecting with our donors and volunteers. We love how easy it is to use and how quickly new staff members and administrative volunteers are able to learn to use Sumac effectively. This means a huge savings in the time and money related to training compared to other donor databases we have used. We loved Sumac when we started using and it just keeps getting better with every release. We can’t say enough about how much we appreciate the responsiveness of the Sumac development team. – Jeff McLarty, Executive Director
As one of the 119 member organizations of United Way of Canada-Centraide since 1941, the United Way of Lethbridge and South Western Alberta accepts donations on behalf of all registered charities and distributes key local funding through their donor supported Community Fund. In 2012 their community fund was able to provide over $300,000 dollars to community groups across South Western Alberta.
The United Way was born from the idea that we can do more together than we can apart. The United Way concept in Lethbridge & South Western Alberta has roots dating back to as early as 1941 when it began as the Community Chest.
All those years ago, Southern Albertans opened their hearts and reached out with love and compassion. They recognized the fundamental human need to care about one another. The same need is at the core of the United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta’s mission statement:
“To build a better community, by organizing the capacity of people to care for one another”.
Our purpose is to help our community gather the resources it needs to thrive. We work with direct donors and we also run workplace campaigns and special events throughout the year.
Non-profit organizations in South Western Alberta apply for funding grants annually and the support we collect is divided and distributed among them.