20 Carlton St, Suite 126
Toronto, ON M5B 2H5
Executive Director: Rebecca Harrison
Board Chair: Adam Silver

Charitable Reg. #:85735 9012 RR0001


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

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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) 74 cents are available for programs.

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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 over 250,000 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. In F2018, Unity Charity reports that over 160 bookings were made in Ontario for workshops, conferences and corporate bookings. In addition, the charity reports that Unity Day alone, reached over 40,000 students.

Engage is Unity’s after-school and community hip-hop dance program where participants are given structured lesson plans and goals. In F2018, Unity Charity held 8 after-school, 8 community weekly Engage programs and 4 community arts and culture programs.

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Results and Impact

Unity Charity surveys its participants and found that 78% of after-school program participants agreed the program helped them develop leadership skills, 75% learned new ways to express stress, 74% became more understanding of other people’s feelings, and 55% felt safer at a Unity program than other places.

Unity Charity also conducted research that found that after participating in its Engage programs, youth developed an average of 7 close friendships within the year.

Charity Intelligence has given Unity Charity a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Unity Charity is a medium-sized charity with donations of $1.2m in F2018. Its administrative costs are 14% of revenues (excluding investment income), and its fundraising costs are 13% of donations. For every dollar donated, 74 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range.

The charity has funding reserves of $509k, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 48%. This means that the charity can cover nearly 6 months of its annual program costs using its existing reserves.

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

Updated August 21, 2019 by Parker Thomlinson.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.0%15.4%12.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.5%11.9%11.1%
Total overhead spending 26.5%27.3%23.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 47.5%50.4%77.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,178,5201,010,8571,078,185
Fees for service 192,506198,160120,614
Business activities (net) 4,02610,44513,936
Investment income 1,3295981,260
Total revenues 1,376,3811,220,0601,213,995
Program costs 1,071,664885,273774,968
Administrative costs 191,985187,908151,894
Fundraising costs 147,580120,456119,341
Total spending 1,411,2291,193,6371,046,203
Cash flow from operations (34,848)26,423167,792
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 508,896446,250597,778

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 14

Avg. Compensation: $46,617

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 F2017

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Website: www.unitycharity.com
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