Ways to Give

Making a gift to United Way is easy! Simply choose the best option for you. We value your generosity, and we go to great lengths to protect your privacy and to ensure that the donation process is safe and secure.

In person

Visit our office at 62 Swayne Street in Cobourg.

Over the phone

Call Northumberland United Way at (905) 372-6955 or toll-free (800) 833-0002.

By mail

Send a cheque to 62 Swayne Street, Cobourg, ON, Canada K9A 1K5


Make an online gift! It’s quick and easy.

More ways to give

Monthly Giving

Every fingerprint is unique and meant to leave an imprint that no one else can. Our monthly giving program, Imprint creates a lasting impression in our community.

As a member of our monthly giving program, you demonstrate your commitment to creating a better community, by providing regular income to sustain programs for the future.

Monthly giving is flexible. Donations can be made in affordable monthly payments and can be increased, decreased, stopped or paused at any point.

  • $10 per month can teach students about violence prevention and how to build healthy relationships, while also promoting self-awareness and confidence-building
  • $30 per month can offer two individuals the opportunity to attend counselling sessions that will help them work through personal issues and get back on track in their daily lives
  • $50 per month can provide two youth with one-on-one mentorship, participation in group activities, and relationships building exercises designed to increase self-esteem
  • $80 per month can give two residents access to local housing programs, financial support, education, literacy, employment and income tax programs

Join Imprint today. 

To learn more about monthly giving, contact Dianne Turk.

Leadership Giving

Improving lives begins with your leadership. As a member of our Leading the Way circle, your annual donation of $1,200 or more provides significant resources to improve the lives of those in need in our community.  More than that, you’ll make an even bigger impact on the lives of many people across our city.

This is what your leadership gift can do:

  • 1,300 students were taught how to build self-esteem, recognize the signs of bullying and improve their mental health
  • 2,300+ income tax returns completed for low-income individuals and families
  • 400 individuals and families received counselling sessions to increase coping skills when dealing with life issues
  • $21,787 was raised to support Day of Caring, an annual program that completes jobs for individuals and organizations where health or monetary restrictions keep them from getting done
  • 7,000 individuals accessed local housing programs, financial supports, literacy, low-income energy program and outreach

You can make real change possible in your community, for people like:

  • Joan, a young mom with 2 kids struggling to manage her finances was able to receive the support she needed
  • Peter, who received support to get back on his feet after he was laid off and evicted from his apartment
  • Julia, whose outlook on school improved after receiving one-on-one mentoring.

Join our Leading the Way circle and become a leader in our community, and contact Dianne Turk for more information.

Stocks & Securities

Donating Securities to United Way – it’s fast, it’s easy, and both you and your community benefit.

Recent changes to the Federal Budget now state that you are no longer subject to capital gains tax when you donate publicly traded securities to qualified charities. You are also still entitled to receive a charitable tax receipt for the fair market value of the securities donated. As a result, donating securities to Northumberland United Way may produce a greater tax benefit than selling the shares first, and then donating the cash.

Click to download transfer form.

How does it work

The securities must be transferred to United Way Northumberland and not be sold by the donor. The gift will not qualify for the reduced capital gains tax if the securities are sold and the cash then gifted. A charitable tax receipt is issued for the fair market value of the security on the date of transfer.

Here is a simplified example to illustrate the benefits. In the first option, you transfer the shares directly to United Way Northumberland. The second option involves selling the shares and then giving the cash to United Way Northumberland.

  • Tax Advantages: By donating your appreciated securities or mutual funds directly to United Way you can eliminate your capital gains tax bill.
  • Simple and Convenient: Securities are easy to transfer. Your broker transfers the shares from your account to United Way Northumberland brokerage account.
  • Opportunity: An opportunity to make a greater difference in your community.
  • Recognition: Your gift will be honoured during your lifetime.

If you are thinking about transferring assets that have appreciated in value, please seek expert advice from a tax specialist or your broker to ensure that your financial goals are considered, your tax situation reviewed and that your gift is tailored to your circumstances.

If you would like to know more about making a gift to United Way, please contact Dianne Turk.

Corporate Workplace

Join other business and organizational leaders that are helping to build a better future for individuals, families and neighbourhoods in our community. There are many ways to get involved:

Run a United Way workplace campaign

Running a United Way Campaign is an exciting way for companies and organizations to partner with us to support their community. it helps build strong teams and provides employees with meaningful opportunities to give back to the community. Your company’s partnership with United Way will lead to an increase in employee morale, build teamwork and enhance your corporate image as a community builder.

We make it easy to become involved with the United Way and can tailor a workplace campaign to your needs by providing:

  • Information and Engagement: A speaker can visit your workplace to share information surrounding workplace campaigns and how the United Way helps in your community.
  • Training: An Employee Campaign Chair (the lead of a workplace campaign) can receive training to run a workplace campaign effectively and efficiently. To learn more about becoming an employee campaign chair contact us.
  • Materials: Posters, brochures and other campaign tools are provided to support and market your campaign. Contact Maggie Darling, Fundraising and Communications Associate for campaign materials.

Give a corporate gift

Help build a strong and thriving environment in which to attract business and recruit and retain top talent. Instil employee pride in your organization by demonstrating your commitment to our community.

Make a referral

Introduce us to other business leaders who may be interested in supporting United Way.

Become a United Way sponsor

There are several sponsorship opportunities available, including publications, events, and programs. Sponsorship helps keep our costs low while providing your organization with a unique opportunity for exposure.

Participate in our annual Day of Caring

This eye-opening experience gives employees from organizations in our community the opportunity to help out at a United Way funded agency for a day. There are also many other opportunities to volunteer at United Way.

To learn more about how to get involved and make a difference in your community, please contact Dianne Turk or call (905) 372-6955.


You can use Memoriam or Tribute donations to mark a milestone or a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, to honour a speaker or presenter, or to honour someone’s memory with a gift.

All donors receive a tax receipt (for donations more than $20) and a note of thanks for their generosity. As well, those being honoured with a tribute gift receive a card.

Sponsorship & In-Kind

There are several sponsorship opportunities available, including publications, events, and programs. Sponsorship helps keep our costs low while providing your organization with a unique opportunity for exposure.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of one of our upcoming events or donating an item in-kind, please contact Dianne Turk.

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Every year, I do a little bit to help; I learn a little more; I connect with the cause, the staff, other volunteers, and the result is that my community benefits. Twenty years later, my knowledge of the cause I support and relationship with United Way is still increasing. What I witness is an organization that keeps adapting to help as many people in as many social scenarios as it can.” Anne Burnham

Monthly Donor

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