1280 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3N9
CEO: Brenda Kumar
Board Chair: Allan Seckel

Charitable Reg. #:89767 5625 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) 80 cents are available for programs.

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About Covenant House Vancouver:

Covenant House Vancouver is a 2-star charity due to its low demonstrated impact. The charity is financially transparent and has an average results reporting grade. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence’s report.

Founded in 1997, Covenant House Vancouver (CHV) supports homeless youth in Vancouver by serving their basic needs and helping them build a strong future. Covenant House Vancouver has three main programs: Shelter and Crisis Care, Rights of Passage, and Outreach/Community Support Services. In F2022, it served an average of 121 youths per day. Its head office is in Vancouver, BC.

Shelter and Crisis Care – 51% of program spending ($7.0m): CHV’s Crisis Program runs a 60-bed shelter for youth aged 16 to 24. When youth arrive at the shelter, they receive medical attention, nutritious food and a safe place to sleep. They can stay for as many nights as they want. There are 30 beds for female-identified youth and 30 beds for male-identified youth. In F2022, a total of 258 youths stayed in the Crisis program. CHV reported that it served 96,720 meals in F2022. Some of these meals were served as part of Community Support Services.

Outreach/Community Support Services - 22% of program spending ($3.1m): This program provides “as-needed” services to street youth aged 16 to 24. There are two components of this program: Outreach and Drop-In Centre. The Outreach team travels on foot to find youth and offers food, counseling, minor medical attention, and friendship. In F2022, the Outreach team connected with 631 youths, including 196 indigenous individuals. Youth are then invited to Covenant House’s Drop-In Centre to access a wider range of services and resources.

Rights of Passage - 21% of program spending ($2.9m): This program gives young people safe, affordable housing and 24/7 support as they transition to living alone. Youth must commit to the program, which includes following curfews, attending classes, and putting aside part of their income for the program fee. Participants will receive a furnished apartment until their 25th birthday. Supports include life skills (cooking, money management, self-care, etc.) and education or employment plan development. In F2022, 25 youths aged 16-24 stayed in the Rights of Passage program for an average of almost 20 months.

The remaining 5% of the program costs ($751k) were allocated to public education about youth homelessness.

Recent news: CHV is launching the Sanctuary program, providing low-barrier housing for youth in active addiction.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, under the Rights of Passage programs, 91% of the participants improved or maintained their housing.

In F2022, across all Covenant House Vancouver’s programs, 85% of youth maintained or improved their mental health, and 80% felt more confident about their future. 154 youth successfully found and maintained independent housing in F2022. While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Covenant House’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Covenant House Vancouver a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.


Impact Rating: Low

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Covenant House Vancouver received total donations and special events revenues of $32.7m in F2022. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues (excluding investment income). Fundraising costs are 15% of donations. This results in overhead costs of 20%. For every dollar donated, 80 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CHV has $19.2m in reserve funds. The charity can cover over 16 months of its annual program costs with its reserves.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Covenant House Vancouver for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 06, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.2%7.6%5.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 14.6%22.9%15.6%
Total overhead spending 19.9%30.5%21.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 139.5%153.6%246.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 32,39521,67027,920
International donations 5300
Government funding 1,369892992
Special events 287159135
Investment income 162323541
Other income 251151267
Total revenues 34,51523,19429,854
Program costs 13,78012,42511,715
Administrative costs 1,7971,7401,694
Fundraising costs 4,7854,9904,367
Total spending 20,36119,15517,775
Cash flow from operations 14,1544,03912,079
Capital spending 13,21514,7845,317
Funding reserves 19,22019,08828,829

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred contributions of youth education funding and Human Trafficking grants, affecting revenues by $82k in F2022, $23k in F2021, and $50k in F2020. Ci adjusted for deferred contributions of the Sanctuary program, increasing revenues by $1.0m in F2022. Ci adjusted for deferred contributions related to property and equipment, decreasing revenues by the same amount of $102k in F2022, F2021 and F2020. Ci adjusted for deferred contributions related to the Expansion project, increasing revenues by $11.7m in F2022, $1.6m in F2021, and $9.1m in F2020. Ci removed amortization on a pro-rata basis from administrative and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 198

Avg. compensation: $77,460

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

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Charity Contact

Website: www.covenanthousebc.org
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