52 West Beaver Creek Rd., Unit 4
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1L9
CEO: Lorris Herenda
Board President: Stephanie Kremer

Charitable Reg. #:11910 5187 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 Yellow Brick House:

Yellow Brick House is a 3-star charity. It has reasonable overhead costs but is not financially transparent. It also has a below average results reporting grade, meaning it does not report the results of its programs well.

Founded in 1978, Yellow Brick House (YBH), formally known as Project Hostel, offers free and confidential services to women and children in York Region who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. YBH’s main programs include Shelters, Crisis & Support Line, Counselling & Support Services for women and children, and Public Education. Yellow Brick House notes that compared to previous years the number of confirmed murders of women has increased by more than 50% in Ontario. Due to covid-19 restrictions, there has been a 30% increase in domestic violence. Yellow Brick House served 5,847 women and children in F2022.

YBH operates two shelters that have a total of 51 beds and cribs. In F2022, 233 women and children stayed in the emergency shelters. It also has a Crisis & Support Line that has counsellors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In F2022, YBH provided 26,331 hours of counselling and support to women and children. YBH runs programs such as a 10-week When Love Hurts group to help women understand patterns of abuse, a 10-week Let’s Talk Child Witness Program that helps children learn to cope with witnessing abuse, and a 10-week parenting program Mothers in Mind.

Yellow Brick House also runs public education programs that help teach the public the warning signs of abuse, how to support peers experiencing violence, and how to have healthy relationships. In F2022, YBH reached 2,162 youth through its public education programs.

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Results and Impact

Yellow Brick House only admits women and children who are in crisis due to violence and abuse in their intimate relationship into its shelter. In F2022, 233 women and children stayed in its emergency shelters. In response to covid-19, YBH ran a limited-time housing support program, the Liberty Project, in F2022. The project helped 51 families impacted by violence find transitional housing.

While Ci highlights these results, this may not be a complete representation of Yellow Brick House’s results and impact.

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Yellow Brick House received $2.6m in donations in F2021. Government funding of $3.8m made up 59% of total revenues in F2021. Fundraising costs were 6% of donations and administrative costs were 2% of revenues. For each dollar donated, 92 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $6.2m can cover program costs for 1 year and 8 months at the F2021 level.

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

 Updated on August 4, 2022 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.6%1.5%1.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.0%5.1%7.8%
Total overhead spending 7.6%6.6%9.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 167.0%136.1%58.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,5781,243972
Government funding 3,7902,6472,680
Other income 9995129
Total revenues 6,4673,9853,782
Program costs 3,7093,3903,239
Administrative costs 1035861
Fundraising costs 1546476
Total spending 3,9663,5133,376
Cash flow from operations 2,501472405
Capital spending 706(1,654)0
Funding reserves 6,1934,6151,881

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred capital contributions, affecting total revenues by $382k in F2021, ($126k) in F2020, and ($173k) in F2019. Ci categorized $690k in covid-19 revenues reported in F2021 as government funding. Ci reported program costs, administrative costs, and fundraising costs as reported on Yellow Brick House’s T3010 filings with the CRA. Ci backed out amortization pro-rata from program, administrative, and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 35

Avg. compensation: $65,738

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.yellowbrickhouse.org
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001