Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba

95 Ellen Street
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1S8
Executive Director: Dorota Blumczynska
Board President: Paula Hamilton

Charitable Reg. #:12842 9537 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 83 cents are available for programs.

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About Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba :

Founded in 1991, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) works to empower newcomer families to integrate into the wider community through affordable transitional housing, programs, and services. It operates two transitional housing complexes in downtown Winnipeg: IRCOM Ellen and IRCOM Isabel. In addition to housing programs, IRCOM offers literacy, childcare, after school, asset and capacity building, and other support programs.

Through an agreement with Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation, IRCOM’s House program offers secure, affordable, and clean apartments to newcomer families for up to three years after their arrival. In F2019, IRCOM also presented findings from a three-year survey in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Manitoba Research Alliance. This report highlights IRCOM’s wrap-around support model and demonstrates the essential need for newcomers to find affordable, secure, and good-quality housing at the beginning of their Canadian settlement process.

IRCOM’s Child Care Program offers play-based and child directed programming. In F2019, it provided over 1,900 hours of long-term on-site childcare at three different locations to 120 infants and toddlers. This supported parents and guardians attending English classes and settlement programs. These settlement programs include a newcomer literacy initiative, asset and capacity building programs, Access to Benefits programs, and more. In F2019, the Access to Benefits program helped 625 newcomers file their taxes and many more access their Canada Child Benefit and other credits. IRCOM reports that a total of $4.2m was leveraged from income tax refunds and benefits in F2019. Additionally, members of the Community Resource Program staff made 4,280 home visits, welcomed 6,100 drop-ins, and made 4,590 referrals.

Other support programs that IRCOM offers include an Early Childhood Development Hub, Greening Program, Volunteer a Community Services Program, and Common Ground, Stronger Voices. The Greening Program offers IRCOM tenants plots on the balconies of IRCOM Ellen. In F2019, IRCOM reports that 15 tenant growers who received garden plots harvested leafy vegetables as early as June.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has rated Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba as Good on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

IRCOM reports that through its After-School Programs, 39 students graduated from high school and 27 students pursued post-secondary education. Through its Greening Program, IRCOM reports that growers estimated savings of $50 per month on their grocery bills.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba’s results and impact.

Impact Rating: Good

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IRCOM is a ­­­­small charity, with total donations of $723k in F2019. Administrative costs are 17% of revenues (excluding investment income) and the charity reports no fundraising costs in F2019. For every dollar donated, 83 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $150k can cover less than one month of annual program costs.

­­This charity report is an update that has been sent to Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 27, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.9%14.4%15.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 16.9%14.4%15.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 5.1%13.8%20.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 723,151601,419681,360
Government funding 2,231,9122,390,5411,936,759
Investment income 2,3102,8122,801
Other income 344,856316,262312,342
Total revenues 3,302,2293,311,0342,933,262
Program costs 2,963,7312,844,4072,447,334
Administrative costs 557,259477,832455,156
Fundraising costs 000
Total spending 3,520,9903,322,2392,902,490
Cash flow from operations (218,761)(11,205)30,772
Funding reserves 150,494393,386501,705

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by ($219k) in F2019, ($19k) in F2018, and $32k in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 46

Avg. Compensation: $43,959

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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