412 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 1T3
Executive Director: Brother David Lynch
Board Chair: Werner Zapfe

Charitable Reg. #:89250 8169 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 1/5]


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) 65 cents are available for programs.

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About Good Shepherd Ministries:

Founded in 1963, Good Shepherd Ministries is a Roman Catholic charity that serves poor and homeless people in Toronto, Ontario. Good Shepherd Ministries strives to end chronic homelessness in its community by providing free food, shelter, clothing, medical care, addiction treatment and counselling services. Good Shepherd Ministries runs programs at three locations: Good Shepherd Centre, Barrett House, and St. Joseph’s Residence. The charity does not provide a breakdown of spending on locations or programs.

Good Shepherd Centre runs an emergency shelter that housed 97 adult men each night in 2020. It also offers dining and meal services that provide up to 1,000 meals each day. Each meal includes soup, a main course, vegetables or salad, bread, dessert, and a beverage. Additionally, Good Shepherd Centre offers a Drug and Alcohol Recovery Enrichment Program (DARE), which provides shelter and treatment for 25 homeless men with addictions.

Good Shepherd Ministries states that Barrett House is Toronto's first supportive housing residence for people living with HIV and AIDS. Barrett House has six bedrooms and provides residents with 24-hour care, dining services, medical care, transportation, and housing support.  

St. Joseph’s Residence supports eight seniors over 55 years of age who have a history of chronic homelessness. Individuals who suffer from mental health issues, chronic illness, addiction, or disabilities are prioritized for this program.

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Results and Impact

On its website, Good Shepherd Ministries reports serving upwards of 1,000 meals per day to people in need; however, this statistic is not dated. Since the onset of the covid-19 pandemic, the charity reports serving 250,000 meals.

Good Shepherd Ministries runs an overnight shelter which provides 97 beds for adult men in need. Each guest is provided breakfast, access to clean showers, and toiletries. The charity states that occupancy at the shelter was 100% in 2020.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Good Shepherd Ministries’ results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Good Shepherd Ministries a Low impact rating based on demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Good Shepherd Ministries is not financially transparent. The charity's financial statements are not posted online, nor available upon request from the charity. The financial review for Good Shepherd Ministries was completed using unaudited financial statements for the years F2017, F2018, and F2019. More recent and audited financial statements were requested by Charity Intelligence but not provided by the charity.

Good Shepherd Ministries had donations and special events revenue of $2.6m in F2019. The charity received $3.4m in government funding, representing 55% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 22% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 35%. For every dollar donated, 65 cents go to the cause, which falls just outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. This is an improvement from F2018, in which 60 cents of every dollar went to the cause.

Good Shepherd Ministries has $6.2m in funding reserves, of which $150k is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover 136% or roughly 16 months of annual program costs with reserves.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Good Shepherd Ministries for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 1, 2021 by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.1%12.8%12.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 22.0%26.8%21.5%
Total overhead spending 35.1%39.6%33.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 135.9%135.5%131.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,0922,0232,789
Government funding 3,3663,3442,751
Fees for service 485052
Special events 4881,1051,142
Investment income 10884111
Other income 9500
Total revenues 6,1976,6066,845
Program costs 4,4814,4704,234
Administrative costs 796837811
Fundraising costs 567837846
Total spending 5,8446,1445,891
Cash flow from operations 353462954
Capital spending 00123
Funding reserves 6,2296,1975,725

Note: Ci used program, management, and fundraising costs listed on the charity’s T3010 filing. Good Shepherd Ministries did not provide a cash flow statement for F2018 and F2019. As a result, Ci could not report the charity's capital expenditures for these years. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 60

Avg. compensation: $63,814

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

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Charity Contact

Website: www.goodshepherd.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001