Eva's Initiatives

401 Richmond Street West, Suite 245
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
Executive Director: Jocelyn Helland
Board President: Adrian Ishak

Website: www.evas.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 13223 9013 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - At-Risk Youth
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: A

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

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Good

Full-time staff #96

Avg. Compensation $48,841

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 2
$40k - $80k 6
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Eva's Initiatives:

Founded in 1989, Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth (Eva’s) works to address and prevent youth homelessness through providing shelter and support services. By fulfilling short-term needs and working to address the root causes of homelessness, Eva’s hopes that eventually all youth will have a place to sleep.

A Charity Intelligence 2018 Top 10 Canadian Impact Charity

In F2017, 53% of spending was allocated to programs giving youth the skills and tools to avoid homelessness. In F2017, 306 youth and family members participated in the Family Connect counselling program, working to build healthier relationships. Eva’s operates the Harm Reduction program for youth with substance abuse issues, providing counselling, education on safer drug use, and access to safe drug supplies. In F2017, Youth received over 5,000 training sessions on living independently, financial literacy, and healthy living. Eva’s also offers employment training and education programs.

In F2017, Eva’s allocated 47% of program spending to operating its three shelters. During the year, 948 youth were housed in Eva’s shelters. Eva’s Place is an emergency shelter with 40 beds. This location houses the Family Reconnect program and works with psychiatrists to address residents’ mental health needs. Eva’s Satellite is the second emergency shelter. This location has 33 beds and operates the Harm Reduction program. The third location, Eva’s Phoenix, houses 50 youth for up to one year. The longer-term housing works to transition youth from homelessness to independence and successful housing. Youth at Eva’s Phoenix are prepared for employment in graphics or printing through working at Eva’s Print Shop, a full-service digital printer.  

Results and Impact: Charity Intelligence has found Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth to have Good impact, based on low cost relative to impact (see image in lower right). Eva’s reports that it spends $3,670 per month to provide a young person with shelter, food, and support.

Eva's follows up with youth who have left its shelters to track whether they return to homelessness. The charity has found that youth who participated in the Family Reconnect program are more likely to remain successfully housed than youth who did not. In F2017, 39 youth moved home from a shelter, 27 youth at risk of homelessness remained housed with family, and 12 homeless youth moved into transitional or independent housing with family involvement.

Eva’s reports that over 70% of students who complete training through the print shop find full-time work.

Financial Review:

Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth is medium-sized, with donations of $3.0m in F2017. Eva's received significantly higher donations of $8.2m in F2015 through a campaign to raise money for a renovation to Eva's Phoenix. The renovation was completed in F2016. 

The charity received $6.1m in government funding, representing 65% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 33% of donations. For every $1 donated, 59 cents go to the cause, falling below Ci’s reasonable range. Eva’s has $1.6m in funding reserves which could cover program costs for just over 3 months. This indicates a need for funding.

F2016 figures reflect a nine-month period ending September 30, 2016 as Eva’s moved its year-end date from December to September.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 25, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.5%10.5%6.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 32.6%27.6%9.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 27.9%15.3%53.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,9862,5618,172
Government funding 6,0883,0594,268
Business activities (net) 245129233
Investment income 523
Other income 815217
Total revenues 9,4055,80412,693
Program costs 5,5833,8805,933
Administrative costs 803608882
Fundraising costs 975706786
Cash flow from operations 2,0446105,092
Funding reserves 1,5595943,192
Note: Ci adjusted government funding to reconcile with the charity’s CRA T3010 filing. Ci recognized deferred donations and grants in the year received, increasing donations by $1.6m in F2017, $510k in F2016, and $5.2m in F2015. Depreciation was removed from programming, administrative, and fundraising costs pro-rata.

Comments added by the Charity:

As a charity that prides itself on excellence in addressing the challenge of youth homelessness, Eva’s is pleased to be one of the charities evaluated by Charity Intelligence for generating results.

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