Jessie's, The June Callwood Centre for Young Women

205 Parliament Street
Toronto, ON M5A 2Z4
Executive Director: Maritza Sanchez
President: Rebecca Ho

Charitable Reg. #:11897 3734 RR0001


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[Charity Rating: 4/5]


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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) 77 cents are available for programs.

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About Jessie's, The June Callwood Centre for Young Women:

Founded in 1982, the June Callwood Centre for Young Women (Jessie’s) fills the gap in resources and support programs available for pregnant teenagers and young families. The charity provides housing, food, education and health services to girls who face the challenges of pregnancy without a stable support system.

Children born to teenage mothers has dropped significantly so Jessie's has widened its intake now taking youth as old as 19, and supporting them until age 22. Jessie's provides a hub of services: weekly doctor clinic (through a partnership with St. Mike's Hospital), a full-time nurse, nutrition and health education. This has improved the health and birthweight of babies, effectively reducing maternity health costs and boosting early childhood development.  The average birth weight of full-term babies at Jessie's is 7.2lbs compared with 4.2 lbs in the past. Jessie's "mothers" still deliver pre-term babies at twice the Canadian average rate, 14% compared with 8%.

Jessie's provides child development programs and counseling, helping young mothers overcome abuse (most of Jessie's youth have themselves been abused), improve their bonding and skills in raising children. This significantly reduces babies going into foster care. In F2017, Jessie's programs and supports kept more than 60 babies with their mother, rather than going into foster care. This breaks the cycle of foster children. A third of Jessie's "moms" are themselves, former foster children.

Jessie’s also provides housing and meal services for young women and families struggling financially. The four upper floors of the charity’s main headquarters in Toronto provide housing for 16 families (rent is determined by income level). Jessie's supportive housing stops homelessness among young mothers and is run through a separate non-profit and entirely funded by the Ontario government.

The June Callwood Centre offers 12 spots in its high school program that accommodates both mothers and mothers-to-be with their busy schedules and commitments, with a wait-list of 10-15 youth wanting to access the school program. Through Jessie's school credit program, run by Toronto District School Board, pregnant teenagers can finish high school, building a brighter future for both themselves and their families.

This charity report and analysis is generously funded by the E.W. Bickle Foundation to share with other Canadian donors interested in helping youth in Ontario.

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Jessie’s is a ‘small-cap’ charity with total donations of $632k in F2017. This includes $400k from United Way Toronto. Administrative costs are 19% of revenue and fundraising costs are 4% of donations. For every dollar donated, the charity reports 77 cents goes towards the cause. This is within Charity Intelligence's reasonable range and is slightly more cost-efficient than the average. This information comes from Jessie's annual report rather than its audited financial statements or annual filings with the Charities Directorate. 

Jessie's funding reserves total $315k in 2017, which cover only 29% of its annual program costs. This shows an immediate need for donations to keep the programs running. Funding reserves have dropped materially from $607k in F2014.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Jessie’s. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 19, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi and November 10, 2017 by Kate Bahen.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 18.8%16.2%16.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.9%8.1%9.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 26.8%37.0%51.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 670,297698,787631,383
Government funding 702,904644,806644,276
Business activities (net) 20,33600
Investment income 3,3242,9845,503
Other income 14,29216,09626,515
Total revenues 1,411,1531,362,6731,307,677
Program costs 1,092,9301,075,6061,023,299
Administrative costs 265,094220,546217,423
Fundraising costs 26,41856,67261,629
Cash flow from operations 26,7119,8495,326
Funding reserves 315,329421,190550,183

Note: Jessie began a social enterprise in F2017 that help young mothers get job skills and earn income. Ci reports this net profit in Jessie's business activities. As such, Ci has removed Jessie's social enterprise revenues of $59l from donations, cost of $38k from program costs, reporting the net profit of $20k.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 14

Avg. Compensation: $62,513

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 F2016

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