Ernestine's Women's Shelter

P.O. Box 131, Stn. B
Etobicoke, ON M9W 5K9
Executive Director: Sharlene Tygesen
Board Chair: Siloni Waraich

Charitable Reg. #:10167 8969 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 3/5]


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 84 cents are available for programs.

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About Ernestine's Women's Shelter:

Founded in 1983, Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter (Ernestine’s) helps women and their children escape violence and rebuild their lives after abuse. According to the charity, 6,000 women and children in Canada sleep in shelters each night because they are unsafe at home. Ernestine’s believes in early intervention to end cycles of violence in families. The charity reports that it has supported over 15,000 women and children in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) since it opened.

Ernestine’s runs six primary programs: Women’s Program, Child and Youth, Housing and Legal, Transitional Housing and Outreach, Settlement, and Food Support. The charity does not provide a breakdown of spending on its programs.

Ernestine’s operates a 32-bed emergency shelter with 14 private bedrooms for women and their children. Clients stay at the shelter anywhere from six months to over a year until Ernestine’s finds them permanent housing. Women at the shelter have access to any items they need including bedding, clothes, school supplies, toiletries, baby supplies, prescriptions, money for transportation, and more. Ernestine’s also offers services to help women and children get back on their feet, like counselling, training programs, and legal and immigration support. The charity reports that the shelter was at capacity or over capacity for the duration of 2020. Throughout the year, Ernestine’s provided 244 counselling sessions for women and 149 counselling sessions for children. The charity also runs an on-site food bank and donation room. In F2020, Ernestine’s served 139 unique families at its food bank.

In addition to the shelter, Ernestine’s helps women and children facing abuse at home through its Outreach Program. The charity understands that it may be dangerous or scary for a woman to escape her abusive partner. As a result, Ernestine’s supports women at home through a 24-hour crisis line and similar services offered to shelter residents, including housing, legal, and settlement support. In F2020, Ernestine’s supported 189 women and 277 children staying in-house.

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Results and Impact

In F2020, Ernestine’s Women's Shelter housed 44 women and 47 children facing violence.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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In F2020, Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter had total donations of $1.0m. The charity also received $1.5m in government funding, representing 60% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 8% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 16%. For every dollar donated, 84 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Ernestine’s has $940k in funding reserves, which could cover 46% or almost six months of annual program costs.

Charity Intelligence sent an update of this report to Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 5, 2021 by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.2%8.1%9.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.4%8.8%8.6%
Total overhead spending 15.6%16.8%17.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 45.5%43.9%47.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,026,757989,771932,109
Government funding 1,515,8751,484,0321,383,118
Investment income (33,425)33,43128,785
Other income 1,4014,937352
Total revenues 2,510,6082,512,1712,344,364
Program costs 2,066,0972,123,9371,948,455
Administrative costs 183,599199,950208,799
Fundraising costs 86,22086,78779,770
Total spending 2,335,9162,410,6742,237,024
Cash flow from operations 174,692101,497107,340
Capital spending 18,629118,06931,684
Funding reserves 940,056933,351930,753

Note: Ci did not include CMHC debt forgiveness in revenues, decreasing total revenues by $37k in F2020, $37k in F2019, and $37k in F2018. Ci reported administrative costs from the charity's T3010 filings with the CRA. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 26

Avg. compensation: $55,137

Top 10 staff salary range:

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$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001