Kayla's Children Centre

36 Atkinson Avenue
Thornhill, ON L4J 8C9
Executive Director: Yaffi Scheinberg
Board Co-Chair: Danny Gordon

Charitable Reg. #:12646 2332 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 69 cents are available for programs.

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About Kayla's Children Centre:

Founded in 2017, Kayla’s Children Centre (KCC) was the result of the merger of the Zareinu Education Centre of Metropolitan Toronto (founded in 1989) and Project AIM (founded in 2007). KCC provides educational, therapeutic, and recreational programs for infants, children, and teens with special needs. KCC also assists children’s families by offering support and relief. The centre is rich in Jewish education and tradition. Kayla’s Children Centre’s programs include school, camps, and recreational activities.

Within the school, KCC runs an infant intervention program (ages two and under), a preschool program (aged 2-6), an elementary school (grade 1-8), an autism program (all ages), and satellite classes within Jewish day schools (grades 1-12). Through these programs, KCC offers an adapted curriculum tailored to children who benefit from individualized education and access to therapeutic support.

KCC’s camps occur in three different forms throughout the year: summer camp, overnight retreat, and winter camp. Summer camp runs in four-week sessions in July and August. 100 campers attend each session and KCC reports having a very high staff to camper ratio. Overnight retreats take place at Camp Frenda in Northern Muskoka. The retreat provides campers with a chance to spend a week away from home and take part in accessible outdoor activities. Lastly, KCC runs a week-long winter camp at the end of December and provides many fun winter activities.

Outside of camp and school, KCC offers recreational programming such as swimming, music therapy, creative arts, and respite services.

Kayla’s Children Centre is running an ongoing campaign to raise $25 million to finance their purchase of a 60,000 square foot building, enhance programming, and create a $10m endowment fund.

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Results and Impact

Ci was unable to find any quantified outcome data for Kayla’s Children Centre.

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Kayla’s Children Centre is a Medium-sized charity, receiving $2.5 million in donations in F2019. In F2018, KCC received $12.5m in donations, largely due to the ongoing capital fundraising campaign. The charity also received $2.0m in government funding (20% of revenues) and $1.9m in tuition fees (20% of revenues) in F2019. Further, KCC received $1.5m in events income (18% of revenues) and $759k in rental income (9% of revenues).

In F2018, Kayla’s Children Centre changed its fiscal year-end from July to August. As such, the figures for F2018 are for 13 months ending August 2018 and are not directly comparable with F2019 and F2017.

Administrative costs are 3% of revenues and fundraising costs are 28% of donations. For every dollar donated, 69 cents go the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity holds $10.7m in funding reserves, of which $10.3m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, Kayla’s Children Centre can cover one month of annual program costs.

The charity spent $1.7m on capital expenditures in F2019, $395k in F2018, and $43k in F2017. The majority of capital expenditures in F2019 relate to leasehold improvements.

In F2018, KCC paid external fundraisers $19k to raise $143k. In other words, it costs KCC $0.13 to raise $1 through external fundraisers. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Kayla’s Children Centre for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 10, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.2%1.7%6.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 28.1%3.7%22.3%
Total overhead spending 31.3%5.3%29.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 7.9%7.8%(27.5%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,51812,5412,001
Government funding 1,971424293
Fees for service 1,894912384
Business activities (net) 2,2901,431788
Investment income 867(493)(12)
Total revenues 9,54014,8143,453
Program costs 5,2143,5242,797
Grants 00250
Administrative costs 275252231
Fundraising costs 708460446
Other costs 1475426
Total spending 6,3444,2903,750
Cash flow from operations 3,19610,524(297)
Capital spending 1,73139543
Funding reserves 10,7129,754(111)

Note: Ci has removed changes in fair value of marketable securities affecting revenue by ($864k) in F2019, $574k in F2018, and $49k in F2017. The charity submitted two T3010 filings to the CRA for F2018, one for the 12 month fiscal year ending July and another for the month ending August 2018. Ci used the 12 month T3010 in gathering salary information. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 52

Avg. compensation: $47,439

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

Website: www.kaylaschildrencentre.org
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 905-738-5542


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