Toronto, ON M5R 2T1
Executive Director: Deborah Berlin
Board Chair: Susan Walker
Charitable Reg. #: 10811 4158 RR0001
Grade: B-The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Full-time staff #6
Avg. Compensation $74,589
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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About Sheena's Place:
Founded in 1994, Sheena’s Place (formally known as the Hospice for Eating Disorders of Toronto) offers support to people, families and friends 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 affected by eating disorders, at all stages of recovery. Sheena’s Place reports that as many as one million Canadians live with an eating disorder, up to 95% of which have at least one co-occurring disorder like depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and PTSD.
Sheena's Place runs a non-residential center in downtown Toronto that runs programs in a community-based and non-medical setting. Its clients are self-referred and do not require a diagnosis. Sheena's Place has four major programs: Support Groups, Body Image Groups, Skill Building Groups, and Expressive Arts Groups. These programs are available at no cost for people 17 and older with an eating disorder, as well as family, friends, and partners. The charity also offers information sessions and interviews for people who are considering taking part in a group but are still unsure of the decision. In 2016, Sheena’s Place served 1,258 unique clients, of which 42% were new and 50% cannot afford private therapy.
Support Groups are guided by a professional and offer people with eating disorders, as well as families, friends, and partners, the chance to help each other in an informal setting. The charity runs this program with the philosophy that people are the experts of their own experience. 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. Skill Building Groups educate participants about techniques to cope with feelings, modify behaviors, and change circumstances that affect healthy living. 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. Sheena’s Place ran 1,590 hours of group sessions with 36 group facilitators in 2018.
In Fall 2018, Sheena’s Place launched the Trans, Non-Binary, & Gender-Questioning Support Group. A recent survey by the National Eating Disorders Association reported that 75% of LGBTQ youth surveyed had been diagnosed with or suspected they had an eating disorder. Trans youth are at an even higher risk. The support group provides a supportive environment to discuss the intersection of gender identity and body image and share strategies for coping and recovering.
Results and Impact:
Based on an annual client survey, in 2018: 96% of clients said they learned a new coping strategy, skill or insight; 92% felt connection and support from group members; 91% said that the groups meet their needs; and 80% say the group they attended increased their motivation for change toward recovery.
Sheena’s Place is a small-sized charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $668k in F2018. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 14% of donations and special events. For every dollar donated to the charity, 80 cents go toward its programs, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Net funding reserves total $3.4m, of which $2.5m are held in an externally-restricted endowment fund. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover annual program costs for almost 2 years.
Ci excluded donations from the Board of Directors when calculating the charity’s fundraising cost ratio. Sheena’s Place does not provide a breakdown for personnel costs for F2018 and F2017. Therefore, program costs may be overestimated and administrative and fundraising costs may be underestimated.
This report is an update that was sent to Sheena’s Place for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on July 2, 2019 by Caroline McKenna.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending December
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||6.6%||4.8%||16.7%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||13.5%||15.5%||50.9%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||547.2%||535.8%||615.6%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $s
|Cash flow from operations||(223,269)||159,783||(203,256)|