CharityIntelligence Canada

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

2016 2017 2018
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #95

Avg. Compensation $19,663

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 9
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

About Windsor Downtown Mission:

Founded in 1972, Windsor Downtown Mission is a Christian charity that works to help poor and homeless people in Windsor, Ontario. Windsor Downtown Mission runs four main programs: Food Support, Sanctuary Programs, Wellness Programs, and Enterprise Programs.

Windsor Downtown Mission’s Food Support program offers hot meals, a food bank, and the FRESH program. In F2018, Windsor Downtown Mission saved 1,490,708 pounds of food and distributed it to over 64 local schools and agencies. It also provided 330,537 meals and food and clothing for 15,929 people.

Windsor Downtown Mission’s Sanctuary Programs include hygiene items, showers, and haircare services. In F2018, it reports providing 9,625 showers and 307 haircuts. Windsor Downtown Mission also provided dental care for 380 individuals.

Windsor Downtown Mission’s Wellness Programs include The Phoenix Recovery program, Health Care Navigator, Women’s Group, Field Trips & Community Events, Income Tax Preparation, and more. In F2018, Windsor Downtown Mission filed 2,234 tax returns and responded to 6,814 distress texts and calls. It reports supporting 14 people through their recovery journey in the Phoenix Program.

Results and Impact:

Windsor Downtown Mission reports that its FRESH program resulted in a total savings of $405 on fresh produce per person per year. Additionally, it reports that the program resulted in a 17% increase in fruit, an 8% increase in vegetables, and a 62% decrease in prepared food delivered to schools in 2017 compared to 2016.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Windsor Downtown Mission’s results and impact.

Financial Review:

Windsor Downtown Mission is a ­­­­medium-sized charity, with total donations of $3.1m in F2018. Administrative costs are 12% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 11% of donations. For every dollar donated, 76 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $1.1m can cover 2 months of annual program costs.

­­In F2018, Windsor Downtown Mission paid external fundraisers $68k to raise $2.6m for a cost of 3 cents per dollar raised.

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

Updated on June 18, 2019 by Lauren Chin.


Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending November
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.3%6.4%3.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.3%7.5%13.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 20.6%21.9%38.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,1243,8912,840
Goods in kind 2,5266,3013,029
Government funding 00104
Business activities (net) 15015074
Special events 0031
Investment income 0026
Other income 1721380
Total revenues 5,97210,4816,104
Program costs 5,4647,7314,787
Administrative costs 734672221
Fundraising costs 353292389
Other costs 22630
Cash flow from operations (601)1,780677
Funding reserves 1,1231,6931,817
Note: Windsor Downtown Mission includes volunteered time as revenue which Ci has removed for consistency, decreasing revenues and expenses by $265k in F2018, $254k in F2017, and $303k in F2016. Ci reported the CAP program, Poverty Reduction Project and Auto Lottery net of expenses decreasing revenues and expenses by $49k in F2016. Restricted donations, investment income and capital gifts in kind were added back into revenue, increasing revenues by $665k in F2016 from DTM’s audited financials. Amortization was added back into expenses increasing expenses by $211k in F2016.