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Scientists in School

975 Dillingham Road, Unit 2
Pickering, ON L1W 1Z7
Executive Director: Cindy Adams
Board Chair: Greg Chownyk

Charitable Reg. #: 86713 9537 RR0001
Sector: Education
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

Most recent audited financial statements 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 #19

Avg. Compensation $66,175

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 6
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Scientists in School:

Founded in 1989, Scientists in School’s mission is to “ignite scientific curiosity in children so that they question intelligently; learn through discovery; connect scientific knowledge to their world; are excited about science, technology, engineering, and math; and have their interest in careers in those fields piqued.” It aims to achieve its mission by hosting science workshops in schools for children from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

In F2014, Scientists in School presented 23,352 classroom workshops and 339 community workshops to 637,284 children in 2,154 schools and 314 communities, a 1% increase over F2013’s 630,504 children. 25% of children in F2014 were new Canadians, at-risk youth, First Nations, and youth in economically disadvantaged situations.

A large-scale research study conducted by the University of Toronto in 2006 regarding the effectiveness of Scientists in School found that: 75% of students expressed a heightened interest in science, 99% of teachers reported that their students learning in science and technology was enriched, and 100% of parents felt that the workshop benefitted their child’s understanding of science concepts.  

Financial Review:

Scientists in School is a small-cap charity with donations of $796k in F2016. Its administrative costs are 14% of revenues, and the charity does not report any fundraising costs. For every dollar donated, 86 cents go towards Scientists in School’s programming, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has funding reserves of $641k, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 14%. This means that Scientists in School can cover just under 2 months of its annual program costs using its existing reserves, indicating a need for funding.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Scientists in School. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated August 11, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.3%13.6%13.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 14.0%11.3%11.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 796700568
Government funding 13497421
Fees for service 4,2864,4044,205
Investment income 444
Other income 233027
Total revenues 5,2425,2365,225
Program costs 4,5904,4484,413
Administrative costs 750714714
Cash flow from operations (97)7498
Funding reserves 641501489
Note: Ci has excluded loss on disposal of assets, affecting expenses by ($2k) in F2016, ($3k) in F2015, and by ($1k) in F2014. Ci has also backed out depreciation from administrative costs, affecting administrative costs by ($46k) in F2016, ($32k) in F2015, and by ($33k) in F2014.

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