Scarborough Women's Centre

2100 Ellesmere Road, Suite 245
Scarborough, ON M1H 3B7
Executive Director: Lynda Kosowan
President: Joanna Noble

Charitable Reg. #:10795 9660 RR001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 76 cents are available for programs.

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About Scarborough Women's Centre:

Founded in 1982, Scarborough Women’s Centre (SWC) works to help women become economically and socially independent, living free from violence. The charity provides free counselling, mentoring, and educational workshops, and will refer women to other community resources. Since founding, SWC has worked with 172,000 women, with 3,921 served in F2017.

In F2017, 352 women accessed SWC’s counselling services, discussing gender-based violence, healthy relationships, emotional health, employment, education, and adjusting to life in Canada. Small groups of women participated in over 70 workshops which focused on topics including self-esteem, effective communication, anger management, family law, dealing with debt, and healthy living.

Scarborough Women’s Centre works with local high schools to reach poor or at-risk women between 13 and 19 years old. In F2017, 515 young women participated in 20 workshops designed to strengthen their ability to make positive life choices. Expanding the Reach is a program offering workshops tailored for women with disabilities.  


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Results and Impact

Scarborough Women’s Centre collected information on the impact of its educational workshops. Of participants, 33% reported improvements in their emotional health, 15% improved their financial situation, and 12% prevented violence in their lives through leaving an abusive situation or making a plan to do so.

Through workshops for young women, 95 women developed life skills such as healthy communication, 54 learned more about the issues faced by women, and 11 applied their learning to prevent violence in their lives.

After attending Expanding the Reach workshops, 58% of women reported improved self-confidence and 15% were better able to access community resources.

Charity Intelligence has evaluated Scarborough Women’s Centre and found the charity to have Good impact per dollar. 


Impact Rating: Good

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Scarborough Women’s Centre is a micro charity, with donations of $171k in F2017. The charity received $188k in government funding, representing 52% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 24% of revenues and fundraising costs are 1% of donations. For every $1 donated, 75 cents go to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. SWC has $133k in funding reserves which could cover program costs for five months. This indicates a need for funding.

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 July 26, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 24.0%14.6%16.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.5%0.5%0.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 43.4%46.4%31.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 170,865185,58592,443
Government funding 187,978243,314283,827
Fees for service 404160340
Investment income 117430860
Total revenues 359,364429,489377,470
Program costs 305,964336,694413,762
Administrative costs 86,18362,60960,849
Fundraising costs 803865421
Cash flow from operations (33,586)29,321(97,562)
Funding reserves 132,905156,106129,596

Note: Ci has adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by ($38k) in F2017, $21k in F2016, and ($109k) in F2015. Programming, administrative, and fundraising costs are as reported on the charity’s T3010.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 4

Avg. Compensation: $47,564

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 F2017

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