Scarborough Women's Centre

2100 Ellesmere Rd, Suite 245
Scarborough, ON M1H 3B7
Executive Director: Lynda Kosowan
President: Dimitra Tsagaris

Charitable Reg. #:10795 9660 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 80 cents are available for programs.

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About Scarborough Women's Centre:

Scarborough Women’s Centre is a small, 3-star charity with Fair demonstrated impact. It is financially transparent and has low overhead spending and an average results reporting grade.

Founded in 1982, Scarborough Women’s Centre (SWC) provides counseling and support services for women who have experienced abuse. SWC works to help women become economically and emotionally independent. The charity has four primary programs: Information, Education, Support, and Building Strong Futures. It does not provide a breakdown of expenses among its programs. SWC reported helping 3,688 women in F2022. Its head office is in Scarborough, ON.

Information is the charity’s referral program. The charity states that it speaks to 2,000 women by phone and email each year about newcomer integration, abuse, jobs, education, and emotional health. In F2022, the charity received 2,037 contacts, with 1,894 individual and 143 agency contacts.

Through its Education program, SWC offers free webinars to its clients on healthy relationships, financial planning, self-esteem, family law, and dealing with anger. In F2022, SWC hosted 91 webinars with a total of 1,912 hours of service for 550 participants.   

Support programs are the charity’s on-site Counselling and Mentoring initiatives. According to the charity, it helped 456 women through its free counseling program in F2022. Through counseling, women make plans to leave abuse and recover from abuse. In the same year, 15 women were matched with trained community volunteers who will provide mentoring support for six months to one year.

Building Strong Futures program supports women who are navigating systems, developing life skills, building their freedom from violence, and becoming economically secure. It focuses on supporting women to build a foundation for future success in their lives. In F2022, the charity delivered 20 sessions of the Leadership Development program with 38 webinars about life skills, self-esteem and pre-employment to 573 women. Through its Outreach program, the charity provided eight rebuilding lives consultations to 40 women and six resilient community webinars to 17 women.

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Results and Impact

Scarborough Women’s Centre collected information on the outcomes of its educational workshops in F2022. Of participants, 25% reported improvements in emotional health and self-confidence; 10% achieved freedom from violence; 21% developed life skills; and 16% improved their economic security.

The charity reports that 9% of participants in its counseling & mentoring program saw improvements in economic security, such as academic training and employment. Additionally, 29% reported improvement in life skills, including communication, and 10% achieved freedom from violence.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Scarborough Women's Centre results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Scarborough Women’s Centre an impact rating of Fair for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Fair

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Scarborough Women’s Centre is a small charity in terms of donations, receiving donations of $402k in F2022. The charity received $372k in government funding, representing 48% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 19% of revenues, and fundraising costs are 1% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 20%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 80 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

In F2022, SWC has $381k in reserve funds. The charity can cover almost eight months of its annual program costs with its reserves.

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

Updated on June 16, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 18.5%11.3%12.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.0%0.6%0.5%
Total overhead spending 19.5%11.9%13.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 64.7%76.4%48.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 402,466296,198187,023
Government funding 372,313305,620382,948
Investment income 2681,1501,620
Other income 1,6922,2842,147
Total revenues 776,739605,252573,738
Program costs 589,398504,098518,179
Administrative costs 143,53968,38472,268
Fundraising costs 4,1691,777900
Total spending 737,106574,259591,347
Cash flow from operations 39,63330,993(17,609)
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 381,168384,980249,775

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by ($15k) in F2022, $15k in F2021, and ($18k) in F2020. Ci reported program, administrative, and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 4

Avg. compensation: $84,369

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Scarborough Women's Centre is celebrating its 40th anniversary of service to the community in 2022/23.  We are committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalized women to make the transition to economic and emotional independence and freedom from violence, and build brighter futures for themselves and their families. We are grateful to the support of donors and funders to make this possible!
For further information, visit our website

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001