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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Audited financial statements available only upon request.



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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) 81 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 F2017, volunteers with BBBST mentored 2,838 children and youth through One-to-One Mentoring, Group Mentoring, and Youth Mentoring programs.

In F2017, BBBST allocated 43% of program spending to 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. This group mentoring program was run more often during F2017 in response to the increase in refugees from Syria. The Pumped for Post-Secondary group program provides high school students with guidance as they plan for transitioning to higher education. In F2017 there were 1,212 youth participants in BBBST Group Mentoring.

Youth Mentoring received 32% of program spending in F2017. 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 F2017, 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 F2017, 717 youth mentees participated in On-on-One programming. 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 Average demonstrated social impact per dollar spent. 

Impact Rating: Average

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto is a medium-sized charity with donations, goods-in-kind donations, and special events revenue of $3.0m in F2017. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 13% of donations. As reported on the charity’s financial statements, 81 cents go to the cause out of every $1 donated.

BBST’s audited financial statements are missing cost allocations to fundraising and admin. This important information comes from BBST’s annual filing with the Charities Directorate, its T3010. The F2017 annual filing was not yet posted when this report was updated. Ideally, BBST's auditors, MacGillivray, would report this information in the audited financial statements. Without this additional and important information, donors must note that BBBST’s F2017 overhead spending may be significantly understated.

BBBST has $955k in funding reserves which could cover program costs for four months. This indicates a need for funding.

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 August 14, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.8%16.4%11.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.9%33.7%29.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 36.0%42.5%70.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,263,9691,257,5561,244,478
Goods in kind 108,494130,89576,823
Government funding 20,606170,29513,833
Special events 1,627,9011,657,5881,593,190
Investment income 51,05374,5464,001
Other income 193,222206,677225,864
Total revenues 3,265,2453,497,5573,158,189
Program costs 2,657,5701,968,3731,768,175
Donor-designated donations 73,21585,70989,087
Administrative costs 184,732562,264372,201
Fundraising costs 371,986981,452839,264
Cash flow from operations (22,258)(100,241)89,462
Funding reserves 955,440837,2441,239,123

Note: Ci has included unrealized investment gains (loss) in revenue, affecting revenues by $27k in F2017 and $35k in F2016. Ci has adjusted for donated materials and services, increasing revenues and expenses by $108k in F2017, $131k in F2016, and $77k in F2015.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 34

Avg. Compensation $64,649

Top 10 staff salary range

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

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