4904-54 Ave. Suite 104
Yellowknife, NT X1A 1H7
Executive Director: Lyda Fuller
Board President: Cherish Winsor

Charitable Reg. #:11930 7411 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


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) 68 cents are available for programs.

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Founded in 1966 as YWCA Yellowknife, YWCA NWT aims to build safe and equitable communities where women, girls, and families can realize their full potential. The charity provides affordable housing to families, support and emergency shelter to women escaping domestic violence, and organizes children’s programs in the Northwest Territories.

In F2018, 45% of program spending was allocated to housing. The charity has 18 units of affordable housing for women and children. In October 2018, YWCA NWT’s Rockhill apartment was destroyed in a fire. The charity continues to support clients in outside traditional housing but was not accepting new clients for the family housing program at the time of this report.

Family violence prevention programs received 31% of program spending in F2018. YWCA NWT operates Alison McAteer House in Yellowknife and Sutherland House in Fort Smith. The houses provide emergency shelter for women and children escaping violence.

In F2018, 24% of program spending was allocated to children and youth services. Dudes Club, GirlSpace, and Project Child Recovery allow youth to participate in fun activities and volunteering in a safe, accepting space. YWCA NWT is the largest provider of licensed after-school childcare in the NWT, having cared for 311 families in F2018.

In addition to regular programming, YWCA NWT advocates for a strategy to reduce homelessness and poverty in the territory, and for a local recovery program for men who abuse.

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Results and Impact

In F2018, YWCA NWT sheltered 153 women and 117 children escaping violence. The charity also helped to keep 91 women safe by helping them to receive Emergency Protection Orders (EPOs). An EPO requires that an abusive partner leave the family home for 90 days and avoids victims, including any children, becoming homeless.

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YWCA NWT is a small charity with donations of $454k in F2018. The charity received $2.6m in government funding, representing 52% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are 28% of donations. For every dollar donated, 68 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

YWCA NWT has $1.8m in gross funding reserves which could cover five months of program costs. The charity also has $2.0m in interest-bearing debts, producing a negative program cost coverage. 

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

Updated on August 8, 2019 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.2%4.3%8.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 27.5%16.6%35.6%
Total overhead spending 31.7%20.9%43.6%
Program cost coverage (%) (3.8%)(11.4%)(30.7%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 454489243
Government funding 2,6352,1402,143
Fees for service 1,9721,6421,413
Total revenues 5,0614,2713,800
Program costs 4,1413,4923,237
Administrative costs 210184306
Fundraising costs 1258187
Other costs 12211253
Total spending 4,5983,8693,683
Cash flow from operations 463402117
Capital spending 332(204)
Funding reserves (158)(398)(993)

Note: Ci has removed gain/loss on asset disposal or sale, affecting expenses by ($2k) in F2017, and revenues by ($94k) in F2016. Ci has adjusted for bad debts, affecting expenses by ($62k) in F2018, ($31k) in F2017, and ($33k) in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 31

Avg. compensation: $65,348

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

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Charity Contact

Website: www.ywcanwt.ca
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