Amici Children's Camp Charity

150 Eglinton Ave E. Suite 403
Toronto, ON M4P 1E8
Executive Director: Judy MacGowan
Board Chair: Kyle Magee

Charitable Reg. #:13205 7050 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 61 cents are available for programs.

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About Amici Children's Camp Charity:

Amici Children's Camp Charity is a 2-star charity due to its low demonstrated impact. The charity is financially transparent and has a high results reporting grade but overhead costs outside of Ci's reasonable range. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence’s report.

Founded in 1966, Amici Children's Camp Charity (Amici) provides funding for kids from low-income families to go to summer camp. Amici sees camp as an opportunity for kids to make new friends, access role models, and develop leadership skills. Campers spend about 2 weeks at one of 45 partner camps, and over 70% of Amici campers return to camp each summer.

In F2022, Amici supported 251 campers at 45 partner camps for a total of 566.5 weeks. Of those 251 campers, 14 were leadership campers, and 27 stayed at the camp for longer than planned. Based on total costs, Amici spent an average of $5,252 per camper in F2022, down 34% from $7,939 in F2021 but up 22% from pre-pandemic levels.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, Amici surveyed campers to measure the quality of their camp experience. Of those who responded, 87% felt happy at camp, 84% felt they could be themselves at camp, 77% felt they belonged there, 93% had a greater desire to spend time outdoors, and 88% had an increased connection to nature.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Amici Children's Camp Charity’s results and impact.

Due to the high cost per camper and low demonstrated impact, Charity Intelligence rates Amici Children's Camp Charity as Low impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: Low

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In F2022, Amici Children's Camp Charity received $872k in donations and special events revenues. Administrative costs are 12% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 27% of donations. This results in overhead costs of 39%. For every dollar donated, 61 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Amici has $1.7m in reserve funds. The charity can cover 286% or 34 months of its annual program costs with its reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Amici Children's Camp Charity for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 2, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.0%9.1%12.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.6%23.2%23.9%
Total overhead spending 38.6%32.3%36.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 286.1%399.0%449.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 564,506588,574511,098
Government funding 6,54597,90347,713
Special events 307,233284,814260,315
Investment income (68,330)78,48134,215
Total revenues 809,9541,049,772853,341
Program costs 578,776458,855350,109
Administrative costs 147,941105,173104,713
Fundraising costs 232,263202,995184,443
Total spending 958,980767,023639,265
Cash flow from operations (149,026)282,749214,076
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 1,655,9421,831,0531,572,687

Note: Ci included investment income in revenues, affecting total revenues by ($68k) in F2022, $77k in F2021, and $34k in F2020. Ci included donated camp fees as donated goods in kind, backing out this amount in donations and program spending.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 4

Avg. compensation: $97,013

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Amici Children's Camp Charity added the following comment to the 2023 profile:

In Fiscal Year 2022 and 2023, Amici Children's Camp Charity made two significant investments in the future of the organization that contributed to a lower cents to the cause, then what has been seen in previous years. The first investment was working with a consulting group to engage in an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, leading to the development of Amici’s EDI Strategic Roadmap and Charter. Amici acknowledged that while our program participants come from diverse backgrounds, this diversity was not reflected in all of Amici’s operations. Further, Amici recognized that, in general, campers at Ontario summer camps do not, traditionally, reflect the diversity found in Ontario’s population and that Amici has a unique opportunity and role to work with our partner camps to create inclusive and safe spaces at camp for all campers. 

The second investment was the undertaking of a new visual identity that better communicates the essence of what Amici is all about. To accomplish this we employed a creative design agency to develop our updated branding and a new communication strategy. Both projects came with one-time investments, split between fiscal year 2022 and 2023. Amici’s Board of Directors are confident that these strategic investments will have a positive impact first and foremost on the campers and families in Amici’s program, but also on the long-term fundraising capacity of our organization.

We know that the summer camp experience positively impacts Amici camper’s confidence, optimism, resilience and leadership skills. At the end of summer 2022, 97% of Amici parents and guardians reported that they noticed a positive change in their child since returning home from camp. We believe that life skills learned at camp extend beyond our campers to have a positive impact on their family and broader community.

To learn more about the impact of summer camp on our campers, please visit Our Impact page here.

Charity Contact

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001