Sheena's Place

87 Spadina Road
Toronto, ON M5R 2T1
Executive Director: John Choi
Board Co-Chair: Adam Jesin

Charitable Reg. #:10811 4158 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 90 cents are available for programs.

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About Sheena's Place:

Founded in 1994, Sheena’s Place (formally known as the Hospice for Eating Disorders of Toronto) helps people affected by eating disorders through professionally-run support groups. Sheena’s Place works to inspire hope, reduce stigma, raise awareness, and offer help and information to people over the age of 17 affected by eating disorders, during all stages of recovery. Sheena’s Place reports that an estimated 2.7 million Canadians (9% of the population) live with an eating disorder. Eating disorders are the second most fatal mental illness, falling just behind opioid overdose.

Sheena's Place runs a non-residential center in downtown Toronto that hosts programs in a community-based, non-medical setting. Its clients are self-referred and do not require a formal diagnosis to participate in programs. Sheena's Place has five major programs offered at no cost to participants, including: Support Groups; Expressive Arts Groups; Skill-Building Groups; Body Image and Movement Groups; and Nutrition Groups. In F2020, Sheena’s Place had a total of 879 group participants, and provided 1,214 hours of therapeutic services. 

Support Groups: Sheena's Place reported that Support Groups comprised 46% of programs offered in F2020. These groups are guided by a professional and offer people with eating disorders, as well as their families, friends, and partners, the chance to share their stories and help each other in an informal setting. In F2020, Sheena's Place added three new support groups, including a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) group, a recovery group, and a disabled and chronically ill group. Sheena's Place also notes shifting to online support groups to accommodate the covid-19 pandemic. During the peak of the pandemic, 19 weekly support groups were held online.

Expressive Arts Groups: In F2020, Expressive Arts Groups accounted for 16% of support services offered at Sheena's Place. Expressive Arts Groups help participants express their feelings and release difficult emotions through painting/drawing, writing, and musical activities such as singing or playing an instrument.

Skill-Building Groups: These groups made up 15% of programs offered in F2020. Skill-Building Groups educate participants about techniques to cope with feelings, reduce self-harm, and change circumstances that affect healthy living.

Body Image and Movement; and Nutrition Groups: These two categories of support services composed 14% and 9% of programs offered respectively. Body Image Groups use techniques such as gentle physical movement and exploration of feelings and perceptions to heighten awareness about the connection between mind and body, and help clients better manage stresses of daily life. Nutrition Groups focus on increasing participants' comfort in the kitchen, as well as teaching cooking and food preparation skills.

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Results and Impact

Based on an annual client survey, in 2020: 93% of participants said that they felt connection and support from group members (up from 88% in 2019); 95% said that they believed that their participation was supportive of their recovery journey (up from 78%); and 97% found their group/workshop to be helpful and would recommend it to others (up from 96%).

Sheena's Place also runs outreach initiatives to increase awareness and reduce stigmas associated with eating disorders. The charity reports that its community and education outreach videos and audio interviews received a total of 142,286 views in F2020.

Charity Intelligence highlights these key results. They may not be a complete representation of Sheena's Place's results. Charity Intelligence has not assessed impact on Sheena's Place. This shows as n/r, meaning not rated.

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Sheena’s Place had total donations and special events revenues of $2.7m in F2020. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 4% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, 90 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Net funding reserves total $5.7m in F2020 (up from $3.6m in F2019), of which $2.7m are held in an externally-restricted endowment fund. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover annual program costs for about 8.6 years.  

This report is an update that was sent to Sheena’s Place for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on July 6, 2021 by Rachel Leteta.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.2%17.6%13.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.8%21.5%20.4%
Total overhead spending 10.0%39.1%34.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 856.7%258.6%243.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,642,263479,835392,570
Government funding 70,59200
Special events 67,958252,618275,819
Investment income 121,834409,553(26,991)
Other income 2,3903,4752,450
Total revenues 2,905,0371,145,481643,848
Program costs 492,323493,901513,545
Administrative costs 173,093129,32692,784
Fundraising costs 102,912157,498136,128
Total spending 768,328780,725742,458
Cash flow from operations 2,136,709364,756(98,610)
Capital spending 7,341124,56958,000
Funding reserves 5,739,5083,611,7853,405,216

Note: Ci removed the line item "preservation of capital recognized as direct increase (decrease) to externally-restricted endowments" from investment income, affecting revenues by ($19k) in F2020, $226k in F2019, and ($98k) in F2018. Government revenue of $71k in F2020 was part of the federal government's covid-19 relief funding. Ci used the charity's T3010a filing with the CRA to allocate program, administrative and fundraising costs. The charity's total expenditures in its F2018 T3010a filing did not reconcile with its audited financial statements, thus the difference of ($6k) was removed from program costs. In F2018, amortization was removed from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis. Sheena's place noted in its 2020 Annual Report that an anonymous donor significantly boosted its endowment fund at the end of the year, thus explaining the notable increase in its program cost coverage ratio in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 7

Avg. compensation: $69,613

Top 10 staff salary range:

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< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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