Unity Charity

2300 Yonge St Suite 1602
Toronto, ON M4P 1E4
Founder: Michael Prosserman
Board Chair: Azim Alibhai

Website: www.unitycharity.com
Charitable Reg. #: 85735 9012 RR0001
Sector: Arts & Culture
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

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

Full-time staff #12

Avg. Compensation $40,147

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

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

About Unity Charity:

Founded in 2008, Unity Charity’s mission is to use hip-hop to improve young people’s lives and create healthier communities. Unity offers its programming free of charge to youth in underserved neighborhoods in Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Northern Alberta, and British Columbia. Its two main programs, Inspire and Engage, are provided at schools and community spaces and have reached 41,420 youth across Canada. Unity’s goal is to reach 150,000 youth by 2019.

The Inspire programs include the Unity Day Assembly, Unity Day Festival, Unity Bookings, and its Alumni Program. At these programs, Unity artists perform and share personal stories about how art triggered a positive change in their lives to increase awareness of the importance of community, stress management, and mental health.

Engage is Unity’s after school and community hip-hop dance program where participants are given structured lesson plans and goals. In F2016, Unity held 10 after school and 13 community weekly Engage programs with 332 total participants.

Unity Charity surveys its participants and found that 78.3% of after school program participants agreed the program helped them develop leadership skills, 74.7% learned new ways to express stress, 73.5% became more understanding of other people’s feelings, and 55.4% felt safest at a Unity program than anywhere else.

Financial Review:

Unity Charity is a medium-sized charity with donations of $1m in F2016. Its administrative costs are 15% of revenues, and its fundraising costs are 12% of donations. For every dollar donated, 73 cents go towards Unity’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has funding reserves of $446k, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 50%. This means that the charity can cover 6 months of its annual program costs using its existing reserves, showing a need for funding.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Unity Charity. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated June 28, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
201620152014
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.4%12.5%10.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.9%11.1%16.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 50.4%77.1%62.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
201620152014
Donations 1,010,8571,078,185763,207
Fees for service 198,160120,614161,421
Business activities (net) 10,44513,93631,674
Investment income 5981,2600
Total revenues 1,220,0601,213,995956,302
Program costs 885,273774,968686,679
Administrative costs 187,908151,894102,773
Fundraising costs 120,456119,341125,827
Cash flow from operations 26,423167,79241,023
Funding reserves 446,250597,778426,225

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