Harvest House Ministries of Ottawa

3435 Ramsayville Road
Gloucester, ON K1G 3N2
Executive Director: Gary Wand
Board President: Jill Ferne

Charitable Reg. #:13251 7269 RR0001


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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 Harvest House Ministries of Ottawa:

Founded in 1979, Harvest House Ministries of Ottawa-Carleton (Harvest House) operates a recovery program for young men suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. Harvest House aims to rehabilitate young men who are chemically dependent, to instill in them self-discipline, and to reintegrate them into society by an inner change brought about by faith in Jesus Christ. The charity operates a 24-bed facility in southern Ottawa.

Harvest House offers a wide variety of programs to its residents, including anger management, bible study, running, and a skills development program. In 2017, 97 men were welcomed into treatment. Harvest House offers a continuing education program that helps residents without a high school diploma prepare to write the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test. The charity noted that 21 residents studied in the GED education program in 2017.

Harvest House has four additional “re-entry” houses to assist graduates as they face the difficult challenge of re-entering society after completing a year at the main facility. In 2017, the charity taught 156 classes on recovery education & relapse prevention. Harvest House’s primary outreach program, Values, Influences and Peers (VIP), aims to educate students ages 13 to 19 about the dangers of substance abuse. In 2017, the charity had 30 residents share their stories at 56 schools in the Ottawa area, reaching 1,561 students.

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Results and Impact

In 2019, Harvest House reported that seven residents received their high school equivalency diplomas after participating in Harvest House’s GED program. According to the charity, the one-year program has a 24.8% success rate.

The charity has not reported on output data since F2017. 

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Harvest House Ministries of Ottawa is a Medium-sized charity, receiving $1.0m in donations and $628k in fundraising revenue. The charity also received $192k in fees for rooms and board in F2019. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 21% of donations. For every dollar donated, 70 cents go the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $397k can cover 3.7 months of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Harvest House Ministries of Ottawa for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 5, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.5%10.5%10.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.6%22.5%22.2%
Total overhead spending 30.1%32.9%32.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 31.1%18.6%15.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,039,3011,215,4761,201,561
Fees for service 191,955188,908236,666
Business activities (net) 3,6576,53210,681
Special events 628,255418,089409,676
Total revenues 1,863,1681,829,0051,858,584
Program costs 1,276,8401,287,0211,271,264
Administrative costs 176,127191,287187,458
Fundraising costs 343,592366,966356,824
Total spending 1,796,5591,845,2741,815,546
Cash flow from operations 66,609(16,269)43,038
Capital spending 1,75817,987113,268
Funding reserves 397,374239,194192,918

Note: Ci did not include loss on disposal of capital assets in revenues, increasing revenues by $4k in F2018. Breakdown of fundraising and administrative costs obtained from the charity’s CRA T3010 filing.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 21

Avg. Compensation: $46,464

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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Charity Contact

Website: www.harvesthouse.org
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