Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto

501 - 2345 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4P 2E5
President & CEO: Leanne Nicolle
Board Chair: Paul Henry

Charitable Reg. #:10679 3771 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 55 cents are available for programs.

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto:

Founded in 1913, Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto (BBBST) works to connect children and youth with adult mentors. Children who struggle socially, academically, or developmentally are referred to BBBST by a guardian or social service provider. In 2018, volunteers with BBBST mentored 2,072 children and youth through Group Mentoring and One-to-One Mentoring programs.

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In 2018, BBBST's largest program (43% of spending) is Group Mentoring. Groups of girls and boys aged 10-13 meet weekly for Go Girls! and Game On! respectively. Two trained mentors present curriculum designed to increase self-esteem, relationship skills, and conflict resolution. Young immigrants to Canada can join a Newcomer Connections Club where they are supported in adjusting to life in a different country. The Pumped for Post-Secondary group program provides high school students with guidance as they plan for transitioning to higher education. In 2018 there were 1,310 youth participants in BBBST Group Mentoring, an 8% increase over 2017.

Youth Mentoring received 32% of program spending in 2018. High school students are trained and matched with a child in elementary school. Pairs meet once a week after school, learning about honesty, responsibility, and integrity through art and reading activities. BBBST aims to have the program positively impact both the high school mentor and the mentee.

In 2018, One-on-One Mentoring received 25% of program spending. An adult mentor is matched with a mentee based on shared interests. The pair meets for eight hours per month for cultural, recreational, and artistic activities such as cooking, hearing a symphony, or going to a zoo, museum, or science centre. Variations of the traditional one-on-one model involve a romantic couple mentoring a single child, in-school mentoring based on reading and games, or a mentee who needs transportation to and from organized sports. In 2018, 762 youth mentees participated in On-on-One programming. BBBST's annual report states 141 new One:One matches in 2018. BBBST requires more volunteers in the areas of Rexdale, Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough.


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Results and Impact

In 2013, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) completed a study on the economic impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ One-to-One Mentorship, comparing the future success of participants to adults who had not been a mentee. Similar results should be seen from the activities of Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto. Past mentees had better outcomes with respect to work, where 63% have post-secondary education, they are 17% more likely to be employed, and earn an additional $315,000 over their lifetime. In everyday life, 81% report financial literacy, 80% pursue healthy lifestyles, 92% feel confident, and 96% say they’re happy. 87% of past mentees have strong social networks. They have higher community involvement, being 50% more likely to volunteer and donating 20% more money to charity.

BCG reports that for every $1 used in BBBS programming, $18-$23 is returned to society. As the mentee ages, their increased income means they spend more money and pay more through taxes.

Charity Intelligence has evaluated Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto and found the charity to have Good demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

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Impact Rating: Good

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto is a medium-sized charity with donations, goods-in-kind support, and special events revenue of $2.5m. It reports that volunteers gave over 54,800 hours in 2017. The value of these volunteer hours is not monetized or included, and would affect BBBST’s financial ratios. Its administrative costs not including volunteered value is 20% and its fundraising costs are 25%. BBBST spends 45% on administration and fundraising which is outside Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range.

BBBST has funding reserves of $823k which include a donated scholarship fund of $284k. These funding reserves cover 48% of its annual program costs. Including the donated scholarship fund, BBBST’s funding reserves cover 32% of its annual program costs.

Donors wishing to receive BBBST’s audited financial statements need to contact the charity as these are not publicly posted on its website. Charity Intelligence provides these in the link above in Financial Transparency. If BBBST attained best practices in financial transparency, and post these audited statements, its rating would increase by one star.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on December 2, 2019 by Kate Bahen.

This report is generously funded by the E.W. Bickle Foundation.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 20.1%30.1%16.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.2%17.1%33.7%
Total overhead spending 45.3%47.2%50.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 31.5%35.7%42.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,136,2481,263,9691,257,556
Goods in kind 111,000108,494130,895
Government funding 126,24720,606170,295
Special events 1,391,1191,627,9011,657,588
Investment income 78,970(2,131)74,546
Other income 198,092193,222206,677
Total revenues 3,041,6763,212,0613,497,557
Program costs 1,607,1561,753,1821,968,373
Grants 114,61973,21585,709
Donated goods exp 111,000108,49476,823
Administrative costs 594,819967,060562,264
Fundraising costs 636,549494,046981,452
Total spending 3,064,1403,395,9973,728,690
Cash flow from operations (22,467)(183,936)(100,241)
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 822,549955,440837,244

Note: Ci has included unrealized investment gains (loss) in revenue, affecting revenues by $45k in F2018, $27k in F2017 and $35k in F2016. Ci has adjusted for donated materials and services, increasing revenues and expenses by $111k in F2018, $108k in F2017, and $131k in F2016.  . Charity Intelligence has used the fundraising and administrative cost allocations from BBBST's annual T3010 filing with the CRA Charities Directorate as this information is not presented in its audited financial statements. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 25

Avg. Compensation: $72,677

Top 10 staff salary range:

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< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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