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Social Services - At-Risk Youth
Toronto, ON


180 Shaw Street, Suite 201
Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
Executive Director: Rudy Ruttimann
Board Chair: Jamey Hubbs

Charitable Reg. #: 85912 8332 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - At-Risk Youth
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B+

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Most recent audited financial statements available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Low

Full-time staff #23

Avg. Compensation $49,210

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 7
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016


Founded in 1996, SKETCH allows homeless and at-risk youth in Toronto to engage in the arts. Of the 35,000 Canadian youth who experience homelessness each year, 54% are chronically homeless, 29% identify as LGBTQ, and 31% are First Nations, Metis, or Inuit. Almost a third of Canada’s homeless youth are located in Toronto, with 10,000 youth experiencing homelessness in the city each year. In F2017, 1,318 youth (aged 16-29) visited SKETCH 10,405 times to participate in over 50 activities.

SKETCH offers free, 10-week, drop-in activities with a meal before each session. Activities involve a variety of art types including: visual, fabric, digital, dance, music and recording, culinary, and spoken word. Studio space, materials, and instruction are available to all youth who participate in programming.

SKETCH partners with art groups and other charities working with homeless youth to provide inclusive opportunities. A new partnership this year, with CUE, displayed art by 35 SKETCH youth in a gallery dedicated to struggling artists. Every week, a representative from Central Toronto Youth Services is available to offer counselling referrals and guidance in accessing other community resources.

Results and Impact: SKETCH presents art as an emotional outlet for youth, and a way to avoid violence. One aspect of SKETCH’s mission is to encourage self-sufficiency in the arts. In F2017, $32,696 was generated through art sales, commissions, and showcases.

Financial Review:

SKETCH is a medium-sized charity, with donations and special events revenue of $1.5m in F2017. The charity received $1.4m in government funding, representing 43% of total revenue. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 1% of donations. For every $1 donated, 90 cents go to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. SKETCH has $560k in funding reserves, which could cover program costs for less than 3 months. This indicates a need for funding.

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

Updated on June 14, 2018 by Madison Kerr

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.5%7.8%6.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.1%1.0%1.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 21.3%13.3%18.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,407,1861,137,247949,028
Goods in kind 3,11186,59312,219
Government funding 1,394,643870,091865,990
Business activities (net) 212,982159,33380,916
Special events 130,90657,07359,952
Investment income 3,0753,1575,908
Other income 54,43329,40768,139
Total revenues 3,206,3362,342,9012,042,152
Program costs 2,623,5332,118,5301,814,574
Administrative costs 273,708182,215127,157
Fundraising costs 16,95712,33614,992
Cash flow from operations 292,13829,82085,429
Funding reserves 559,788282,561334,760
Note: Ci has adjusted for amortization of deferred capital contributions, affecting revenue by ($119k) in F2017, F2016, and F2015. Adjustment for deferred donations affects revenue by $284k in F2017, $11k in F2016, and $46k in F2015. Ci has included occupancy costs within program costs, rather than under administration as is done with the charity’s T3010.