816 20th Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 4W6
Executive Director: Sarah Stewart
Board Chair: Megan Halprin

Charitable Reg. #:12304 1683 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 74 cents are available for programs.

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About Aunt Leah's:

Aunt Leah's is a top-rated 5-star charity with Good demonstrated impact. This charity has a high results reporting grade and low funding reserves, indicating a need for funding.

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

Founded in 1988, Aunt Leah’s helps those previously in foster care live independently. It also helps women avoid losing custody of their children. The 2020 Vancouver Homeless Count Report indicates 32% of those surveyed were connected to foster care. In 2024, the age at which youth age out of care rose from 19 to 27 years of age. The charity states that while this increases support, it does not yet address the unique needs of youth. Aunt Leah’s runs four major programs: Housing, Employment, Education and Life Skills. Charity Intelligence calculates it spent $4.6m on its programs in F2023.

The Housing program received 67% of program spending. The charity runs five housing programs that provide housing to youth and families at risk. In F2023, Aunt Leah’s provided 170 individuals with stable housing. Included in that 170 were 14 young mothers and their 18 children. The charity reduces the number of children entering the foster care system by giving housing and guidance to young mothers. In F2023, it supported 11 foster youth who aged out of foster care in Lale House. Three of those young adults are now pursuing post-secondary education. Three more have moved to stable long-term housing.

The Employment program received 13% of program spending. Aunt Leah’s employment training program guides youth to define goals, improve skills and pursue their career paths. Employment workers help youth develop individualized employment plans. 66 people participated in the training program. Aunt Leah’s thrift offers work experiences to foster youth in its thrift donation center and store. In F2023 the charity began working with The Refill Shop. This gives youth experience working in the retail sector. 

The Education program received 11% of program spending. The charity states only 45% of youth in care graduated high school in 2020. This is much lower than the 84% graduation rates of those not in care. The Education program focuses on helping clients graduate High School. It also provides support for achieving other educational goals. In F2023, 175 youth participated in the program.

The Life Skills program received 9% of total program spending. The Life Skills program provides expert one-to-one coaching, and in-person workshops. It focuses on building the skills needed for foster youth to live independently. In F2023, Aunt Leah’s provided 1,233 counseling sessions. In F2023, the charity gave 1,516 bags of groceries and meals to 207 youth. Alongside building life skills, the charity connected 90 youth to basic government income support.


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Results and Impact

In F2023, of those who finished an Aunt Leah’s program, 95% maintained housing 12 months later. 

In F2023, 39% of participants in the employment program found employment. The Bootstraps program works with youth to advance skills and places them with employers in their chosen career path. In F2023, 32 youth received Bootstraps placements.

In F2023, 24 high need youth received financial support. These funds support living expenses and allow youth to focus on their education. 53% of participants in the Education program graduated high school.

For the past 20 years, Aunt Leah’s has advocated to extend the age at which youth age out of care. In 2024, the Ministry of Children and Family Development extended its services from 19 to 27 years of age in BC.

This may not be a complete representation of Aunt Leah’s results.

Charity Intelligence has given Aunt Leah’s a Good impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Good

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Charity Intelligence has consolidated Aunt Leah’s and Aunt Leah’s Properties (associated foundation) in the following financial analysis. 

In F2023 Aunt Leah’s received $3.8m in cash donations and special events fundraising. The charity received $2.4m in government funding, representing 37% of total revenues.

Administrative costs are 13% of revenues (excluding investment income). Fundraising costs are 13% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 26%. For every dollar donated, 74 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

In F2023 Aunt Leah’s spent $4.6m on its programs, which is 72% of its revenue. In F2023 it had a surplus of $416k.

Aunt Leah’s has $2.1m in gross funding reserves and $912k in interest-bearing debt. This results in net funding reserves of $1.1m. Excluding $50k in donor-endowed funds, the net funding reserves can cover 24%, or three months of program costs. 

Aunt Leah’s materially restated its financial statements in 2023.

This charity report is an update that has been sent for review to Aunt Leah’s. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on May 31, 2024, by Grady Simpson.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.7%8.5%4.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.2%14.0%22.1%
Total overhead spending 25.9%22.5%26.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 23.9%22.0%17.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,0382,8021,476
Government funding 2,4442,3102,955
Business activities (net) (72)16314
Special events 7368901,078
Investment income 100
Other income 217192228
Total revenues 6,3646,3565,752
Program costs 4,5694,5514,738
Administrative costs 809537262
Fundraising costs 498517564
Total spending 5,8755,6055,564
Cash flow from operations 489751188
Capital spending 85333172
Funding reserves 1,1431,051878

Note: DEFERRED ADJUSTMENT: Aunt Leah’s uses deferred accounting. To show donors information on a consistent basis, Ci adjusted for these deferred revenues. This affected non-government revenues by ($250k) in F2023, $165k in F2022, and ($511k) in F2021. Deferred adjustments affected government revenues by $26k in F2023, ($121k) in  F2022, and $44k in F2021.  BUSINESS ACTIVITIES: Business activities represent sales net of social enterprise expenses. This affected revenues and expenses by ($945k) in F2023, ($811k) in F2022, and ($655k) in F2021. AMORTIZATION: Ci removed amortization for the operating charity on a pro rata basis from program, administrative and fundraising costs in F2023, F2022 and F2021. Ci removed amortization from the administrative costs for the foundation.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 55

Avg. compensation: $55,365

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 F2023

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

This comment was added on January 2, 2024:

Our primary focus in this past year post-pandemic has been the rejuvenation of our services and a transition back to in-person operations. Our program priority is to address the housing crisis in Metro Vancouver. We move forward in partnership with Aunt Leah’s Properties in building, and buying more affordable housing stock, and centralizing and streamlining our housing services to meet the needs of foster youth and vulnerable young moms.



Learn more: 

Aunt Leah's 2023 Annual Report

Charity Contact

Website: www.auntleahs.org
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