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 overhead spending within Ci’s reasonable range, although it does not report any fundraising costs. It has an average results reporting grade but is not financially transparent.

Founded in 1971, Kennedy House (KH), formerly known as Kennedy House Youth Services, works with youth who are involved with the criminal justice system, struggling in school, homeless, or have an intellectual disability. KH primarily works with clients in the Greater Toronto Area but will travel further north for its bailiff service. It runs three main programs: residential services, youth programs and youth justice.

In F2022, Kennedy House allocated 39% 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 F2022, Kennedy House offered 266 young people experiencing homelessness a warm bed in a safe place. The charity also reported helping five clients transition to the next phase of their lives.

KH allocated 34% of program spending to youth programs in F2022. During the year, 65 clients started a job, 62 clients entered job training, and 37 youths started education.

The remaining 27% of program spending went to youth justice. The charity works with youth 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, youth are connected with positive role models, receive counseling, and they 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 F2022, 69 youths in custody received supportive care. 241 clients in custody or detained under the Youth Criminal Justice Act received a ride and a supportive companion for court dates and virtual appearances.  

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Results and Impact

In F2022, Kennedy House helped 38 young people in its shelter settle into a stable home. It also helped three youths graduate from high school.

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. The financial statements provided by the CRA appear to be incomplete as the statements reference some notes that are not included. Ci's analysis may not be complete due to missing information.

In F2022, Kennedy House received $3.2m in donations. It also received $5.6m (62% 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 $6.3m in reserve funds, which can cover 80% or nearly ten months of its annual 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 August 14, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen. 


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.1%9.6%10.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 10.1%9.6%10.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 80.2%74.3%62.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,2373,9624,606
Government funding 5,5845,4144,147
Business activities (net) 363644
Investment income 163486(88)
Total revenues 9,0209,8988,709
Program costs 7,8857,9767,189
Administrative costs 892905927
Total spending 8,7778,8828,116
Cash flow from operations 2431,016594
Capital spending 4472137
Funding reserves 6,3255,9264,498

Note: Ci adjusted revenues to include rental income, affecting revenues by $36k in F2022, $36k in F2021, and $44k in F2020. Ci has removed the repayment of surplus to Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services and the repayment of surplus to the City of Toronto, affecting revenues by ($236k) in F2022, ($25k) in F2021, and ($62k) in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 89

Avg. compensation: $43,927

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 F2022

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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