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Pine River Institute

2 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, ON M4T 2T5
CEO: Vaughan Dowie
Board Chair: Jonathan Guss

Charitable Reg. #: 87462 7516 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - At-Risk Youth
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

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 available only through official request for information from Canada Revenue Agency [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Fair

Full-time staff #37

Avg. Compensation $62,811

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 3
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Pine River Institute:

Pine River Institute (PRI) is a co-ed, residential treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for youth aged 13 to 19 with mental health issues, specifically related to substance abuse. PRI addresses the issues of chemical dependency, mental health problems, family stress, addiction, and promotes all-round development. Most youth are from Ontario, with about half from the Greater Toronto Area. PRI serves 35 clients each year, with a waiting list of nearly 200 youth. In 2015, it received inquiries from 395 youths.

PRI’s model has four phases of care: Outdoor Leadership Experience, Residence, Transition, and Aftercare. The staff-to-student ratio is 1:4. Staff is comprised of experienced professionals including psychologists, physicians, addiction specialists, therapists, researchers and educators. Parents can participate in parent and family group programs.

Pine River Institute reports that youths stayed at the institute for an average of 428 days, with 43% completing the transition phase of the program. The institute reports that before the program, 2/3 of clients had been involved with the police. After the program, police contact was under 14% for youth completing the program. It also reports that before the program, 2/3 of youth had run away from home. This figure drops to less than 9% for those who completed the program.

The Ontario Ministries of Health and Education cover most costs of treatment for Ontario students for up to 29 beds at any time. These Ontario families must pay a fee of $650/month to cover costs not funded by the government. PRI also welcomes families from outside of Ontario and Canada. For these families, the fee is $460/night. The Pine River Foundation raises funds on behalf of PRI.

Financial Review:

The financial analysis consolidates the financials of Pine River Institute and Pine River Foundation. Pine River Institute is considered a small-cap charity with donations of $599k in F2016. Administrative costs are 18% of revenues and fundraising costs are 36% of donations. For every dollar donated, 46 cents goes to the cause, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has funding reserves of $1.8m, this can cover program costs for 5 months.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Pine River Institute for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated August 9, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 17.9%21.9%20.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 36.0%20.7%0.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 41.6%44.0%68.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5996691,203
Government funding 4,5064,3754,374
Fees for service 928622630
Investment income 51824
Other income 2370
Total revenues 6,0625,6916,231
Program costs 4,2954,0094,123
Administrative costs 1,0831,2401,282
Fundraising costs 21513910
Other costs 000
Cash flow from operations 469304816
Funding reserves 1,7861,7642,828
Note: Ci used the charity's T3010 CRA filing for the breakdown of administrative and fundraising costs. No fundraising costs were reported on the T3010 for F2014.

Comments added by the Charity:

[Charity Intelligence note: This profile has recently been updated. The comments that follow apply to an earlier version and may be revised.]

Pine River is a community initiative that was created entirely by private donations, in response to the urgent and overwhelming need for intensive treatment for teens in crisis in Canada.  It was the first, and is still the only treatment program of its kind in the country. We offer a family-centered, comprehensive, and individualized program based on best practices for adolescent development and addiction treatment.  At Pine River, we address the self-destructive behaviour. We teach math skills and life skills side-by-side. We take all the time it takes to rebuild a life. And we remain supportive of our families long after the program ends.

After almost a decade of research and planning we opened our doors in June 2006, and have since helped over 200 students and their families.  Our students have a tremendous success rate, as shown through research and outcome evaluation, and the program has received awards and recognition nationally, internationally, and from various disciplines.

In addition to the tremendous and growing community support, Pine River has substantial government support from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, the Ministry of the Attorney General, and the Ministry of Education.  Professionals in the field recognize Pine River as a program that works, and we receive referrals from organizations such as the Hospital for Sick Children, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, community agencies from across the province, and from professionals and families across the country.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality care to our participants so they can regain their lives, their families, and their futures.  We are also committed to advancing the field of adolescent development and addiction treatment.  Our vision is to transform the way that adolescents and families struggling with mental health issues, and specifically addictive behaviour are treated in Canada and beyond.

The generous support of our donors sustains everything we do to ensure that youth in crisis, and their families, have access to the best possible care and services.

“To all of you who played a part in helping and supporting and teaching and showing our daughter that she is worthy of so much more, we, my husband and family and sister, thank you beyond words.  I can never say how amazed and grateful and thankful we all are. She has gone from the saddest of places to hope and light.”

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