875 Ouellette Ave
Windsor, ON N9A 4J6
Executive Director: Rukshini Ponniah-Goulin
Board Chair: Catherine Collins-Barker

Charitable Reg. #:11926 0420 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 81 cents are available for programs.

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About Downtown Mission of Windsor:

Downtown Mission of Windsor is a four-star financially transparent charity that has not yet been rated on impact (n/r). It has a B results reporting grade, which is average. For every dollar donated to the charity, 81 cents are available to go to the cause.

Founded in 1982, Downtown Mission of Windsor (DMW) is a Christian charity that provides food, shelter, addiction recovery, and job training to disadvantaged people living in Windsor, Ontario. The charity states that 200 homeless people sleep on the streets of downtown Windsor each night and that this number is increasing. DMW’s main programs include its shelter/sanctuary, food, youth, and social enterprise services. Other programs include addiction recovery and job training services. The charity spent $3.0m on its programs in the fiscal year ending December 2023 (F2023).

Shelter services was 57% of the charity’s program spending and includes the Night Sanctuary, Day Adult Programming, and Leamington Shelter subprograms. This emergency drop-in overnight shelter offers residents free hygiene products, showers, and clothing. In F2023, the charity provided 90 individuals with long-term housing. It also provided 31,129 overnight stays in F2023, a 19% increase from 26,187 overnight stays in F2022.

Food services was 22% of the charity’s program spending and includes the Downtown Mission Kitchen, Food Bank, and Food Recovery subprograms. In F2023, DMW rescued 1,648,458 lb of expired food and distributed it to 27 food banks. The charity also served 365,075 meals to 24,205 people and 13,129 households.

Youth services was 11% of the charity’s program spending and includes services provided by the Windsor Youth Centre for people between the ages of 13 and 25. In F2023, the charity supported 5,124 youths throughout the year, specifically providing 573 and 2,917 youths with clothing and hygiene products respectively. DMW also referred 262 youths to partner agencies.

Social enterprise was 6% of the charity’s program spending and includes DMW’s Chari-Trees program. This is a jobs training program that helps trainees become employed. In F2023, 140 people completed training with 112 (80%) finding a job within three months of graduation.

Other programs was 4% of the charity’s program spending include DMW’s addiction recovery and employment support subprograms. In F2023, DMW treated 165 opioid overdoses and provided 26,208 hours of addictions counselling for 210 adults and 360 youths. The charity also trained 54 people for job readiness.


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Results and Impact

In F2023, Downtown Mission of Windsor distributed 1,648,458 lb of food to 27 food banks. The charity also provided 31,129 nights of shelter during the fiscal year. 112 (80%) Chari-Tree program graduates found employment within three months after graduation.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Downtown Mission of Windsor’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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In F2023, Downtown Mission of Windsor received $3.1m donations and $4.3m goods in kind, a 7% and 16% respective decrease compared to F2022. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 9% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 19%. This means that for every dollar donated, 81 cents are available to go to the cause.

In F2023, the charity spent $3.0m on its programs which is 67% of revenues excluding goods in kind. The charity increased its program spending by $200k (6%) since F2022, which is not a significant increase.

At the end of F2023, DMW had $625k net funding reserve (cash plus investments less interest-bearing debts) which covers 20% or less than three months of its annual program spending. This means that in the absence of funding, the charity can only sustain its programs for less than three months.

Downtown Mission of Windsor’s F2023 T3010 filing with the CRA has not been released meaning Ci cannot update the charity’s salary and employment information. Ci will update this information as soon as the T3010 filing is updated.

Profile updated June 5, 2024 by Julian Dranitsaris. Comments and corrections may be forthcoming.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.1%9.8%13.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.2%9.6%9.0%
Total overhead spending 19.3%19.3%22.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 21.1%5.3%11.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,0523,2883,513
Goods in kind 4,2715,0832,523
Government funding 1,0701,093528
Fees for service 0769
Business activities (net) 240229325
Other income 3755117
Total revenues 8,6709,7557,075
Program costs 2,9612,8012,952
Donated goods exp 4,2715,0832,523
Administrative costs 875954975
Fundraising costs 282314315
Other costs 254134
Total spending 8,4149,1936,799
Cash flow from operations 257562276
Capital spending 1432781,258
Funding reserves 625148344

Note: 1. LINE ITEM COSTING: DMW uses line-item costing. Because the charity’s F2023 T3010 filings with the CRA has not been released, Ci assigned expense line items to administrative, fundraising, and program costs to the best of its ability. 2. GOODS IN KIND: DMW did not properly disclose gifts in kind in the statement of operations. This line item was recorded elsewhere and included for consistency. 3. DEFERRED DONATIONS: DMW uses deferred accounting. To show donors this information more clearly, Ci adjusts donations for changes in deferred donations. This affected revenues by $30k, ($87k), and ($5k) in F2023, F2022, and F2021 respectively. 4. T3010 FILING: DMW’s most recent T3010 filing with the CRA has not been released meaning Ci cannot report its updated employee and compensation information. Ci will immediately update this profile as soon as the charity’s F2023 T3010 filing is published.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 42

Avg. compensation: $60,937

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

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Charity Contact

Website: www.downtownmission.com
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 519-973-5573


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