52 West Beaver Creek Rd., Unit 4
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1L9
Executive Director: Lorris Herenda
Board Chair: Rehana Doobay

Charitable Reg. #:11910 5187 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 94 cents are available for programs.

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About Yellow Brick House:

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, Community Counselling & Support Services, Transitional Housing, and Public Education. Yellow Brick House reports serving 4,847 women and 409 children in F2018.

In F2018, Yellow Brick House’s Shelters made up 54% of total program spending. YBH operates two emergency shelters that offer 41 beds and 10 cribs. In these shelters, women and children receive various services to help them recover from trauma and transition back into the community. In F2018, YBH reports that 234 women and 132 children stayed in its shelters.

Yellow Brick House’s Community Counselling & Support Services program made up 30% of total program spending in F2018. These services include individual and group counselling sessions to help women rebuild their lives, legal information, community service referrals, and more. Counsellors are available 24/7 to take calls from women in crisis to assess the level of danger and take appropriate action. In F2018, YBH reports that 1,384 women received individual counselling and legal court support.

In F2018, Yellow Brick House’s Transitional Housing program made up 11% of total program spending. YBH owns and operates Reta’s Place, an eight-unit apartment building. Women and children can stay at Reta’s for up to 6 months after leaving YBH’s shelters and continue to access community counselling and support services. In F2018, YBH reports that 497 women received transitional housing supports such as help with housing, budgeting, and more.

Public Education programs made up 4% of Yellow Brick House’s total program spending in F2018. YBH aims to facilitate discussions in schools and communities about the harmful effects of domestic violence. It provides workshops, online tools, and training for schools and universities. YBH reports reaching 4,095 students in York Region through its Public Education program in F2018.

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Yellow Brick House is a ­­­­medium-sized charity, with total donations of $1.4m in F2018. YBH receives a significant amount of government funding, totalling $3.2m in F2018. Administrative costs are 1% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 5% of donations. For every dollar donated, 94 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $1.4m can cover five months of annual program costs.

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

Updated on June 24, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.3%2.4%3.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.1%10.8%13.1%
Total overhead spending 6.4%13.2%16.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 38.6%23.2%21.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,387,572955,5541,076,260
Government funding 3,176,3072,553,7342,522,690
Other income 100,00163,73553,983
Total revenues 4,663,8803,573,0233,652,933
Program costs 3,582,3373,224,5513,588,511
Grants 1500135
Administrative costs 61,32384,522113,343
Fundraising costs 70,376103,411141,138
Other costs 08,4600
Total spending 3,714,1863,420,9443,843,127
Cash flow from operations 949,694152,079(190,194)
Capital spending 318,341158,929176,565
Funding reserves 1,381,613747,841763,116

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred donations/funding to report on a cash basis. This affected revenues by $146k in F2018, $24k in F2017, and $108k in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 35

Avg. Compensation: $66,879

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 F2018

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