Kennedy House Youth Services

10 Milner Business Court, Suite 404
Toronto, ON M1B 3C6
Executive Director: Shelly Jaigobin
Board Chair: Cindy Bruce-Barrett

Charitable Reg. #:10280 7245 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 1/5]


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) 90 cents are available for programs.

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About Kennedy House Youth Services:

Kennedy House is a 1-star charity. It has an average results reporting grade and it is not financially transparent. The charity's funding reserves can cover 9 months of annual program costs. 

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 F2021, Kennedy House allocated 47% of program spending to residential services. It operates 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 F2021, Kennedy House helped 194 young people experiencing homelessness find a warm bed in a safe place. 

KH allocated 27% of program spending to youth justice in F2021. 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 F2021, 14 youth in custody received supportive care. 223 clients in custody or detained under the Youth Criminal Justice Act received a ride and a supportive companion for court dates and virtual appearances.  

The remaining 26% of program spending went to youth programs. Kennedy House reports that it has delivered over 18,250 days worth of essential services and programing to at-risk youth. In F2021, 52 clients entered job training and 13 youth started education.  

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Results and Impact

In F2021, Kennedy House helped 34 young people in its care settle into a place of their own. It also helped 53 shelter clients find employment.  

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Kennedy House’s results.  



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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 received $4.0m in donations in F2021. It also received $5.4m (55% of total revenues) in government funding. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (less investment income) and the charity reports having zero fundraising costs. For every dollar donated, 90 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

KH has $5.9m in funding reserves which can cover annual program costs for just under 9 months.  

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

Updated on August 26, 2022 by Emma Saganowich.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.6%10.5%11.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 9.6%10.5%11.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 74.3%62.6%56.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,9624,6064,226
Government funding 5,4144,1473,991
Business activities (net) 364436
Investment income 486(88)244
Total revenues 9,8988,7098,497
Program costs 7,9767,1896,940
Administrative costs 905927950
Fundraising costs 000
Total spending 8,8828,1167,890
Cash flow from operations 1,016594607
Capital spending 72137148
Funding reserves 5,9264,4983,912

Note: Ci has adjusted revenues to include rental and other income, affecting revenues by $36k in F2021, $44k in F2020, and $36k in F2019. Ci has removed repayment of surplus to Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services, affecting revenues by ($25k) in F2021, ($62k) in F2020, and ($71k) in F2019. Other costs consist of miscellaneous costs as reported on the charity’s financial statements and recovery of harmonized sales tax.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 76

Avg. compensation: $59,948

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

Comments added by the Charity:

Kennedy House Youth Services recently changed its official name to Kennedy House, a name reflective of 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,, for more information. 

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001