502 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5S 2H1
CEO: Peter Duraisami
Board Chair: Susan Vanderspek

Charitable Reg. #:10796 3613 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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) 72 cents are available for programs.

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About Scott Mission:

Founded in 1941, Scott Mission is a Christian charity that supports poor people in downtown Toronto. Scott Mission states that someone may become homeless due to childhood trauma, lack of education, substance abuse issues, physical or mental conditions, or a criminal record. In addition to helping homeless people, Scott Mission also supports families, runs a summer camp for children, and raises public awareness of homelessness in Canada. The charity works to ensure that people’s basic requirements for food, shelter, and hygiene are being fulfilled while also taking care of their spiritual and social needs.

In F2019, Scott Mission allocated 41% of program spending to families. The charity supports over 300 families in need each month at its O’Connor Family Centre. Clients may be temporarily experiencing poverty or new to Canada and having difficulties adjusting. In F2019, Scott Mission gave families 32,089 bags of groceries, and families attended over 22,646 appointments to receive clothing. Scott Mission also provided over 2,600 grocery gift cards and hampers at Christmas.

In F2019, Scott Mission allocated 37% of program spending to people who are homeless or elderly. More than 92,000 hot lunches were served, representing approximately 300 meals per day based on operations six days per week year-round. Worship services and Bible studies are also offered six days per week. Homeless men can stay overnight and access showers, referral for rehab, budgeting and tax assistance, interpretation, and public transport to medical appointments. In F2019, homeless men made over 4,602 visits for clothing, 8,130 visits for shower and laundry, and received over 24,500 personal hygiene items. During the year, the charity coordinates day trips in Toronto or longer stays at its lodge in Collingwood, Ontario.  

In F2019, Scott Mission allocated 18% of program spending to children and youth. More than 252 children attended after-school programs and 511 children stayed at Scott Mission’s summer camp in Caledon, Ontario. Scott Mission subsidizes up to 95% of the cost of summer camp. Childcare is offered at a Scott Mission location which is further from downtown than the charity’s main building. The charity also provided new toys for 1,900 children at Christmas, along with backpacks and supplies for over 250 children starting a new year of school.

The remaining 6% of program spending was allocated to organizing volunteers and increasing public awareness of the issues faced by people who are poor.

In November 2017, Scott Mission began the process of redesigning its property at 502/508 Spadina Avenue. The construction project is estimated to cost $20m and is set to be completed in April 2024.

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Results and Impact

Scott Mission emphasizes that the homeless people and low-income families to whom it provides food & clothing are in significant need of its services.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Scott Mission’s results and impact.

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Scott Mission is a Large charity with donations of $9.6m in F2019. It received in-kind donations valued at $8.0m, representing 35% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 22% of donations. This means overhead costs are 28%. For every dollar donated, 72 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Scott Mission has $25.6m in funding reserves which could cover program costs for roughly 16 months.

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

Updated on July 15, 2020 by Eric Jose. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.6%5.6%5.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 21.9%14.3%14.1%
Total overhead spending 27.5%19.8%19.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 135.7%177.4%177.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,64211,0968,801
Goods in kind 7,9654,7594,306
Government funding 2,1521,9631,992
Fees for service 722729758
Investment income 2,2111,7251,291
Other income 307879
Total revenues 22,72220,34917,226
Program costs 18,85414,96813,355
Administrative costs 1,1511,034856
Fundraising costs 2,1151,5831,241
Total spending 22,12017,58515,451
Cash flow from operations 6022,7641,775
Capital spending 1,156442537
Funding reserves 25,58026,55323,673

Note: Government funding is as reported on the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA, and Ci removed it from donations. Amortization has been removed from programming, administrative, and fundraising expenses pro-rata. Ci has presented appreciation on investments net of investment expenses, affecting revenues by $2.2m in F2019, $1.7m in F2018, and $1.3m in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 98

Avg. Compensation: $75,852

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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Charity Contact

Website: www.scottmission.com
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