401 Richmond St. W, Suite 245
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
Executive Director: Jocelyn Helland
Board President: Graeme Young

Charitable Reg. #:13223 9013 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 70 cents are available for programs.

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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 services, youth programs, and transitional housing for youth aged 16-24. 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 2020 Top 10 Canadian Impact Charity

In F2019, 54% of spending was allocated to programs giving youth the skills and tools to avoid homelessness. In F2019, 344 youth and family members participated in the Family Reconnect Program. Youth also received 4,681 life skills training sessions on living independently, financial literacy, and healthy living. Eva’s also offers various employment training and education programs.

In F2019, Eva’s allocated 35% of program spending to shelter services. 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 for youth with substance abuse issues. The program provides counselling, education on safer drug use, and access to safe drug supplies. In F2019, 469 youth stayed at Eva’s Satellite.

In F2019, Eva’s allocated 11% of program spending to inter-dependent living at Eva’s Phoenix transitional housing. 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. In F2019, 529 youth stayed at Eva's Phoenix.

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Results and Impact

In F2019, 145 youth assisted by Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth graduated high school. 121 youth succeeded in the 17-week full-time employment program, which helps youth gain perspective on their chosen career path.

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

Charity Intelligence has found Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth to have High impact, based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent. Charity Intelligence has analysed Eva's since 2010 and found it consistently to be a Top Rated and high-impact charity.

A Charity Intelligence 2020 Top 10 Canadian Impact Charity

Impact Rating: High

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Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth is a Large charity, with donations of $8.1m in F2019. The charity received $3.3m in government funding, principally from the City of Toronto for per diem shelter. This government funding represents 28% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 21% of donations. This means overhead costs are 30%. For every dollar donated, 70 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Eva’s has $2.7m in funding reserves which could cover program costs for four months. This indicates a need for funding.

Charity Intelligence has sourced Eva's government funding from its T3010 filing as this financial information is not disclosed separately in Eva's audited financial statements. 

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 June 29, 2020 by Eric Jose.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.4%11.2%8.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.7%24.3%32.6%
Total overhead spending 30.0%35.5%41.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 36.8%45.3%28.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,3054,3942,986
Government funding 6,1024,1136,088
Business activities (net) 284271245
Investment income 53215
Other income 3815281
Total revenues 11,7838,9519,405
Program costs 8,2966,0534,947
Administrative costs 1,0981,001803
Fundraising costs 1,0971,067975
Other costs 000
Total spending 10,4918,1216,749
Cash flow from operations 1,2938302,655
Capital spending 68663
Funding reserves 3,0522,7411,406

Note: Ci adjusted government funding to reconcile with the charity’s CRA T3010 filing. Ci recognizes deferred donations and grants in the year received. This provides donors with consistent information and provides a fair basis for comparison. This adjustment increased Eva's donations by $1.2m in F2019, $301k in F2018, and $1.6m in F2017. Ci has removed Eva's non-cash depreciation expense and interest cost from program costs. Depreciation and interest expense are not reported as a separate line item on Eva's income statement. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 90

Avg. Compensation: $56,974

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 F2018

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Comments & Contact

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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.

Charity Contact

Website: www.evas.ca
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