Kennedy House Youth Services

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

Charitable Reg. #:10280 7245 RR0001


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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 Youth Services:

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.


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Results and Impact

From the information Kennedy House posts in its annual report and on its website, there is insufficient information about its 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 is a medium-sized charity with donations of $4.6m in F2020. Children's Aid Societies provide $4.4m in grants and individuals, other foundations, and corporations grant $209k which is 2% of total revenues. The charity received $4.1m in government funding, representing 52% of total revenue. In F2020, government funding more than covered the cost of operating the residential and youth centre and bailiff programs.

Kennedy House's 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 $4.5m 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 October 29, 2020 by Kate Bahen and Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.5%11.5%11.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 62.6%56.4%44.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,6064,2263,655
Government funding 4,1473,9914,101
Business activities (net) 443636
Investment income (88)24424
Other income 001
Total revenues 8,7098,4977,818
Program costs 7,1896,9406,797
Administrative costs 927950857
Fundraising costs 000
Other costs 00(50)
Cash flow from operations 594607213
Capital spending 1371480
Funding reserves 4,4983,9123,039

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: 97

Avg. compensation: $44,094

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 F2019

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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,, for more information. 

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