Our Place

919 Pandora Avenue
Victoria, BC V8V 3P4
Executive Director: Don Evans
Board Chair: Diana Butler

Website: www.ourplacesociety.com
Charitable Reg. #: 82709 8344 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Homeless (shelter)
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B+

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 #111

Avg. Compensation $25,844

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 8
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Our Place:

Established in 1967 as a soup kitchen, today Our Place Society has a mission to “offer Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens a place to call their own, where we live, share and grow together”. Our Place, serves as a safe space for the vulnerable members of Victoria, B.C. to eat, shower, and receive clothing. The building also has 45 transitional housing units, of which 15 are located on a sober floor for clients trying to overcome substance addictions.

Our Place has programs in education, health and wellness, housing, meals, drop-in and outreach services. Health and wellness programs gave 626 haircuts, 13,323 hot showers, and 517 footbaths to clients in F2016. The shelter also served 680,804 meals, a 15% increase from F2015. Outreach and drop-in services include a mail and messaging centre for over 400 clients without a fixed address. The shelter also provides referral services. In F2016, Our Place gave 776 housing advocacy referrals, 444 employment referrals, 395 legal referrals, and 632 medical services referrals.

The charity’s strategic plan for 2016-2018 aims to enhance public awareness of Our Place Society and expand services targeted at underserved demographics (e.g., seniors and prisoners). By 2018, Our Place Society hopes to develop additional programming in the areas of prevention, health, education, employment, and recreation.

Financial Review:

Our Place Society is a medium-sized charity with $3.1m in donations in F2016. The shelter received an additional $2.2m in government funding and $249k in rent payments from tenants in Our Place’s transitional housing program. Our Place did not disclose total spending on administrative costs or fundraising costs in its audited financials. Charity Intelligence consolidated data from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA to breakdown these expenses. Using this information, administrative costs were 10% of revenues and fundraising costs were 22% of donations. As such, for every $1 donated, 68 cents went to the cause. This falls within Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Funding reserves of $2.3m show that Our Place can cover just over 6 months of program costs, demonstrating a need for funding.

Updated on July 14, 2017 by Juliana Badovinac.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.3%10.8%18.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 21.9%22.7%10.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 54.3%52.7%48.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,1062,9022,288
Government funding 2,2451,5321,300
Fees for service 249234242
Investment income 13149
Other income 16(1)2
Total revenues 5,6294,6813,842
Program costs 4,1603,2102,666
Administrative costs 576502708
Fundraising costs 681658236
Cash flow from operations 212311233
Funding reserves 2,2581,6911,297
Note: Ci did not include amortization of deferred capital contributions, decreasing revenues by $358k in F2016, $363k in F2015, and $420k in F2014. Program, fundraising and administrative costs were pulled from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Allocating funds in this way had no effect on the value of total expenses.

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