P.O. Box 16023
Toronto, ON M6J 3W2
Executive Director: Abi Ajibolade
Board Chair: Carmen Allen

Charitable Reg. #:89172 8867 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 77 cents are available for programs.

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About Redwood:

Founded in 1993, The Redwood provides emergency shelter for women and children escaping abuse. Through on-site counselling and services the charity aims to allow clients to thrive and live independently, working to break the cycle of abuse.

The Redwood has 12 bedrooms, housing 37 beds in a converted warehouse in Toronto. Residents receive 3 meals a day, hygiene items, bedding, and childcare supplies. Peer support groups, art and play therapy, wellness resources, and parenting classes help women and children to work through trauma. Women are connected with other community supports, including housing support services, referrals to subsidized daycare and school registration, job training, and legal support. Clients stay at the shelter for an average of 114 days and remain in touch with counsellors for a year after leaving.

For many women, the cost of escaping abuse is living in poverty. The Redwood works to connect clients with affordable housing and employment opportunities. In 2018, 160 women attended the Trades and Technology Conference to learn about college programs, trade schools, and union apprenticeships. The Redwood’s Women on the Move Leadership Program coached nine women in public speaking and job skills training.

The Redwood is actively engaged in community outreach within Toronto. It facilitates workshops at local schools, libraries, housing co-ops, and community centres, educating women about abuse, and to create a safety plan when fleeing abusive situations. The 24-hour crisis line provides women in desperate need with counselling. In 2018, 491 women called the crisis line.

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Results and Impact

In 2018, The Redwood sheltered 73 women and 123 children escaping abuse. These clients left a dangerous situation, receiving support and 24-hour protection at The Redwood. Total operating cost per women housed in F2018 was $36,375. Including children, cost per client becomes $21,588.

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The Redwood is a medium-sized charity with donations of $1.1m in F2018. The charity received $1.8m in government funding, representing 62% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 9% of revenue less investment income, and fundraising costs are 14% of donations. For every dollar donated, 77 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The Redwood has $1.4m in funding reserves which could cover seven months of program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to The Redwood for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 1, 2019 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.9%4.2%4.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.7%12.2%11.3%
Total overhead spending 22.6%16.3%15.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 60.4%56.7%47.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,050,6311,062,161963,448
Government funding 1,768,3441,301,0751,406,215
Investment income 16,66015,49711,646
Total revenues 2,835,6352,378,7332,381,309
Program costs 2,261,3102,043,7622,149,723
Administrative costs 249,70598,432104,260
Fundraising costs 144,332129,380108,516
Total spending 2,655,3472,271,5742,362,499
Cash flow from operations 180,288107,15918,810
Funding reserves 1,366,2371,159,4321,025,342

Note: Ci has used administrative and programming costs as reported on the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 30

Avg. Compensation: $50,733

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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Website: www.theredwood.com
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