Windsor Downtown Mission

664 Victoria Avenue
Windsor, ON N9A 4N2
Executive Director: Ron Dunn
Board Chair: Dan Wilson

Charitable Reg. #: 11926 0420 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Homeless (Shelter)
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: C

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #21

Avg. Compensation $31,340

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 6
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Windsor Downtown Mission:

Founded in 1972, Windsor Downtown Mission (DTM) is a Christian charity that provides food, shelter, advocacy and opportunity to those in need in Windsor, Ontario. Starting as a program serving coffee and donuts to homeless men, today DTM is a shelter, food bank, distress call centre, and addiction recovery centre. This year, DTM hopes to open a dental centre for its shelter guests.

There are four program categories under which DTM operates in addition to its distress centre. Food support programs include distribution of hot meals, a food bank and the FRESH program. DTM reports serving over 700 meals per day. The FRESH program takes perishable food that would otherwise be disposed of and distributes it to 40 shelters and schools in the Windsor area. In F2016, Windsor Downtown Mission distributed more than 1.4m pounds of food.

Sanctuary programs include the charity’s shelter, distribution of hygiene items and haircare. The shelter has 74 beds as reported in the F2016 annual report. However, in 2017, Windsor Downtown Mission opened its women’s dormitory providing an additional 10 beds and personal lockers to women in need.

Wellness programs refers to the Phoenix Recovery Program which addresses the addiction and recovery needs of those in the charity’s shelter. The Health Care Navigator program helps shelter guests in finding appropriate health care services. Windsor Downtown Mission also offers income tax preparation, a women’s group, field trips, and community events.

Opened on March 20th, 2017 the Do Good Deli is a social enterprise of Windsor Downtown Mission. The program aims to raise money for the Downtown Mission with a primary goal of developing transferable skills that can lead to other job opportunities for its employees. The is the second social enterprise initiative of Windsor Downtown Mission, after Chari-Tees. Chari-Tees is a promotional and marketing social enterprise that aims to develop transferable skills in sales, graphic design and print production in program participants.

Financial Review:

Windsor Downtown Mission is a medium-sized charity with donations of $2.8m and special events fundraising of $31k in F2016. Administrative costs were 4% of revenue and fundraising costs were 14% of donations. For every $1 donated, 83 cents go to the cause, falling within Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Of the $1.8m in Windsor Downtown Mission’s funding reserves, 3% are donor-endowed. DTM has enough funds for annual program coverage of 38% (4 months), showing a need for funding.

DTM did not report activity-based costing in its audited financials. Expense lines reported did not reconcile with its charity filing with the CRA.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Windsor Downtown Mission. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 25, 2017 by Juliana Badovinac.


Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.6%5.4%7.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.6%13.8%15.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 38.0%160.1%192.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,8402,4981,862
Goods in kind 3,029239196
Government funding 104500
Lotteries (net) 002
Business activities (net) 74(8)9
Special events 31190
Investment income 263126
Total revenues 6,1042,8292,094
Program costs 4,7871,6741,333
Administrative costs 221150144
Fundraising costs 389348289
Other costs 302016
Cash flow from operations 677637313
Funding reserves 1,8172,6812,561
Note: DTM includes volunteered time as revenue which Ci has removed for consistency, decreasing revenues and expenses by $303k in F2016, $374k in F2015, and $434k in F2014. Ci reported the CAP program, Poverty Reduction Project and Auto Lottery net of expenses decreasing revenues and expenses by $49k in F2016, $49k in F2015, and $21k in F2014. Restricted donations, investment income and capital gifts in kind were added back into revenue, increasing revenues by $692k in F2016, $36k in F2015, and $26k in F2014 from DTM’s audited financials. Amortization was added back into expenses increasing expenses by $211k in F2016, $116k in F2015, and $79k in F2014.

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