10 Milner Court, Suite 404
Toronto, ON M1B 3C6
Executive Director: Shelly Jaigobin
Board Chair: Joe Bettencourt

Charitable Reg. #:10280 7245 RR0001


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

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Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 89 cents are available for programs.

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About Kennedy House:

Founded in 1971, Kennedy House (KH) works with youth who are involved with the criminal justice system, struggling in school, homeless, or have an intellectual disability. The charity was formerly known as Kennedy House Youth Services. KH primarily works with clients in the Greater Toronto Area but will travel further north for its bailiff service.

In F2018, Kennedy House allocated 46% of program spending to residential services. It operates five group homes in the Toronto area which house youth over 12 years old. Clients learn about topics that are critical for independence, including time management, hygiene, transportation, nutrition, education, employment, personal finances, and finding a place to live. In F2018, 56 youth stayed at KH residences. The charity also provides private rooms for youth with intellectual disabilities, working with 13 of these clients in F2018.

KH allocated 32% of program spending to youth centre & bailiff services in F2018. The charity works with youth who are involved with the criminal justice system, housing up to 12 boys who have either been sentenced or have cases still progressing through the justice process. Aiming to reduce the chances of clients reoffending, they are connected with positive role models, receive counselling, and are encouraged to build healthy relationships. The bailiff service transports youth in police custody. For youth who are struggling in school but do not require residential placement, KH provides day treatment. It aims to give clients the necessary skills to re-enter and succeed in a traditional school setting.

In F2018, KH allocated 20% of program spending to operating the Kennedy House Youth Shelter. Up to 40 youth 16-24 years old can stay at the shelter and access toiletries, clean clothes, showers, and hot meals. Classes teach topics including cooking, financial literacy, employment skills, addiction recovery, sex education, food and nutrition, and art.

The remaining 2% of program spending was allocated to outreach and after school programs. For two hours once or twice a week, KH organizes free programs that encourage physical activity as well as providing homework help and healthy snacks. The program is open to children aged 4-13 from low-income families.

During F2018, Kennedy House reached legal settlements in two separate cases. Costs of the settlements was covered by insurance. The alleged incidents were a severe accident in 2009 caused by an individual in the charity's care and a 2001 sexual assault. These settlements are mentioned in Note 20 of KH's financial statements.

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Results and Impact

Kennedy House reports that in F2018, 47 homeless youth clients were able to find permanent housing.

Of the day treatment clients in F2018, two transitioned to attending a mainstream school full-time. This is a reduction from the three students transitioned in F2017.

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Charity Intelligence has scored Kennedy House as a zero in financial transparency because the charity failed to provide full financial statements when requested. The financial analysis completed by Charity Intelligence uses the most recent financial statements available to Ci, through a request to the CRA, at the time of writing this report.

Kennedy House is a medium-sized charity with donations of $3.7m in F2018. The charity received $4.1m in government funding, representing 52% of total revenue. In F2018, government funding more than covered the cost of operating the residential and youth centre & bailiff programs. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues less investment income and the charity reports having zero fundraising costs. For every dollar donated, 89 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. KH has $3.0m in funding reserves which could cover five months of program costs.

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

Updated on July 18, 2019 by Madison Kerr. Revised by Katie Khodawandi on July 7, 2020.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.0%10.9%10.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 44.7%41.7%34.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,6553,8203,536
Government funding 4,1014,0503,798
Business activities (net) 363636
Investment income 2422919
Other income 151
Total revenues 7,8188,1397,390
Program costs 6,7976,9736,607
Administrative costs 857861746
Fundraising costs 000
Other costs (50)(75)(55)
Cash flow from operations 21338192
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 3,0392,9102,262

Note: Ci has adjusted to include rental, investment, and other income, affecting revenues by $62k in F2018, $270k in F2017, and $63k in F2016. Business activities (rental income) is as presented on the charity’s financial statements, however it is not clear whether this number is gross or net of related expenses. Ci has removed repayment of surplus to Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services, affecting revenues by ($65k) in F2018, ($48k) in F2017, and ($52k) in F2016. Other costs consist of miscellaneous costs as reported on the charity’s financial statements and recovery of harmonized sales tax. Ci has adjusted for amortization of tangible assets, affecting expenses by $276k in F2018, $278k in F2017, and $278k in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 72

Avg. Compensation: $57,843

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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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Kennedy House Youth Services recently changed its official name to Kennedy House, a name reflective if our growth and reach. When we opened our doors in 1971, we started as an agency in place to support children and youth aged 12-18. Today, we provide support for children & youth up to age 24 through not only program but also through the cultivation of lasting relationships that exist even after youth age out of care. 

Our mission statement remains the same: to work with youth to enable them to grow as individuals to contribute as members of the community through residential and community based programs, customized support and trusting relationships. 

Please visit our website, www.kennedyhouse.org, for more information. 

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