P.O. Box 333
Dartmouth, NS B3A 2N8
Executive Director: Heather Byrne
Board Chair: Donna Gallant

Charitable Reg. #:11929 8693 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]


Audited financial statements available only upon request.



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) 92 cents are available for programs.

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About Alice House:

Alice House is an average 3-star charity with low overhead spending but no financial transparency. The charity has a slightly below-average results reporting grade due to the lack of reported program outcomes. 


Founded in 1983, Alice House provides safe housing, counselling, and support services for women and their children who have experienced intimate partner violence. According to the charity, women are four times as likely as men to be victims of intimate partner homicide. Alice House estimates that up to 362,000 children experience family violence in Canada annually. The charity has four main programs: Safe Housing, Counselling and Programs for Women, Counselling and Programs for Children and Youth, and Education and Prevention. The charity has not provided a breakdown of expenses among its programs.


In its Safe Housing program, Alice House operates 18 housing units across Halifax. It rents these units to women at 60% below the market rate. In F2021, the charity housed 25 women and 28 children. Due to covid-19, Alice House pivoted its operations to offer food bank access and essential supplies to its clients. In F2021, The charity delivered over 160 food boxes through food security initiatives.


Counselling and Programs for Women and Youth are the charity's on-site support services for women and children. Alice House operates a trauma-informed counselling program that helps women and children heal from experiencing and witnessing intimate partner violence. In F2021, Alice House delivered over 600 counselling sessions for 35 women and 345 counselling sessions for 29 children. In addition to counselling programs, Alice House delivered 103 play kits to children and youth.


Education and Prevention is Alice House's final main program. The charity operates a prevention and education program called Alice on the Go. Participants learn how to identify abusive behaviours, disrupt cycles of violence, and create healthy relationships. In F2021, 55 women participated in Alice on the Go. In addition, the charity made 13 educational videos distributed to schools in the Halifax Regional Municipality on topics including consent and diversity.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence did not find any quantified outcomes on the Alice House website. This may not be a complete representation of Alice House’s results and impact.

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Alice House is a small charity in term of donations, with $542k in donations in F2021. The charity also received $293k in government funding, representing 30% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 1% of donations. This means that total overhead spending is 8%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 92 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. Alice House has funding reserves of $784k which can cover just over 1 year of annual program costs.

Alice House only posts summarized financial statements on its website and full audited financial statements are only available upon request. As such, Charity Intelligence has not scored Alice House as fully transparent.

This report is an update that has been sent to Alice House for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated May 31, 2022 by Ann Lei.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.5%8.9%6.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.7%5.4%2.7%
Total overhead spending 8.2%14.2%9.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 105.6%118.9%101.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 541,902294,275314,702
Government funding 293,221285,592307,543
Fees for service 112,547117,90187,713
Investment income 40,186(8,522)12,474
Other income 05004,098
Total revenues 987,856689,746726,530
Program costs 742,161559,433585,872
Administrative costs 70,75762,03747,589
Fundraising costs 3,82015,7888,599
Total spending 816,738637,258642,060
Cash flow from operations 171,11852,48884,470
Capital spending 7,86823,2628,454
Funding reserves 783,636665,200591,932

Note: Ci adjusted program costs to account for amortization, affecting total expenses by ($12k) in F2021, ($13k) in F2020, and ($13k) in F2019. Ci reported government funding from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA and removed the revenue from donations in F2020. The charity’s audited financials do not allocate salaries and wages expense to program, administrative, or fundraising costs. Ci allocated total salaries and wages of $540k in F2021, $406k in F2020, and $433k in F2019 to program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 8

Avg. compensation: $64,628

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 F2021

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.alicehouse.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001