Published by: rabble.ca Date: Nov 26, 2011
United Way in Canada began almost a century ago as a "federated funding" movement. Federated funding is an agreement between different community agencies and groups. These groups reasoned that it would be better to, as Sesame Street admonishes us, "co-op-er-ate" rather than compete for pieces of that charitable donations pie. So they created one collaborative fundraising body that consults everybody working on the frontlines to identify pressing community needs. Then they distribute the funds they raise accordingly.