1 Blue Jays Way, Suite 3200
Toronto, ON M5V 1J1
Executive Director: Robert Witchel
Board Chair: Melinda Rogers

Charitable Reg. #:89084 7189 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) 70 cents are available for programs.

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About Jays Care Foundation:

Founded in 1992, Jays Care Foundation (Jays Care) promotes baseball as a tool to teach children essential skills such as teamwork, leadership, and resiliency. The Foundation is affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club. Jays Care recognizes that there is an unlevel playing field for youth across Canada. It notes that in 2010, only 60% of children from low-income families were active in sport.

Field of Dreams represented 53% of program costs in F2019. Every year, communities can apply for a grant to design, refurbish, or build baseball diamonds for youth facing barriers. The goal is for youth to increase their physical activity levels and develop life skills. In F2019, Jays Care granted $1.3m to 15 communities across Canada. In the last five years, the charity has funded 66 baseball diamond projects. Jays Care also spent an additional $1.3m on non-grant expenses for Field of Dreams.

Rookie League represented 31% of program costs in F2019. Children in poor communities attend the summer day camp to create lasting relationships and improve physical skills through field trips and playing baseball. The program is provided free of cost and campers are provided with a healthy lunch for each day of the camp. In the summer of 2019, 881 youth from Toronto Community Housing communities attended the 7-week program across 30 sites in Toronto. Throughout the summer, campers played 180 baseball games and ate 38,500 healthy meals. Jays Care was also able to reach 910 Indigenous youth through the Indigenous Rookie League program.

Home Run Scholars represented 7% of program costs in F2019. The after-school program offers a fun and inclusive environment for youth in grades 1 to 8 in low-income communities. Dedicated homework time, sports activities, and a healthy meal are all provided to participants. The program aims to improve academic performance, enhancing physical health and increasing social well-being amongst the children. In F2019, Home Run Scholars ran 23 clinics for 200 children.

Jays Care runs numerous other programs (10% of program costs in F2019), which include Jays Care Community Clubhouse, Grand Slam grants, and community initiatives.

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Results and Impact

The Jays Care Foundation’s most recent Impact Report from F2016 states that the charity reached 65,000 Canadian youth. Based on total operating costs for F2016, the charity spent an average of $91 per child served.

In F2019, Jays Care conducted surveys on its Rookie League program. 69% of parents reported that their children are more willing to try healthy foods because of the program. 88% of campers reported becoming more physically active. The charity does not report the proportion of participants that the surveys reached.

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Jays Care Foundation is a Medium-sized charity, receiving $7.1m in donations and fundraising revenue in F2019. The charity also received $1.9m in net lottery revenue. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 24% of donations. For every dollar donated, 70 cents go the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $9.4m can cover 1.2 years of annual program costs.

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

Updated on June 1, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending November
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.1%5.1%4.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 23.5%27.1%28.2%
Total overhead spending 29.6%32.2%33.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 119.7%172.4%150.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,4203,5872,755
Lotteries (net) 1,9022,4732,933
Special events 3,6443,7633,706
Investment income 3219981
Total revenues 9,2879,9229,475
Program costs 5,0824,3303,638
Grants 2,7191,6471,587
Administrative costs 548504459
Fundraising costs 1,6611,9911,823
Total spending 10,0108,4727,506
Cash flow from operations (723)1,4501,968
Capital spending 04488
Funding reserves 9,38710,3517,886

Note: Results data is from F2016 as annual reports from F2017 to F2019 have not been posted on the charity's website. Ci reported 50-50 draws revenue net of expenses as lotteries income, decreasing total revenues and total expenses by $479k in F2019, $325k in F2018 and $343k in F2017. Included in total grants expenses are Field of Dreams and Grand Slam grants. Program expenses included $2.8m for JCF program expense and program remuneration.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 20

Avg. Compensation: $86,896

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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Charity Contact

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