15599 Warden Avenue
Stouffville, ON L4A 2M9
President: Melissa Millward
Board Chair: Jim Hayhurst

Charitable Reg. #:13505 0755 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/4]



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) 89 cents are available for programs.

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About Trails Youth Initiatives:

Founded in 1992, Trails Youth Initiatives (Trails) works with at-risk youth in Toronto, challenging them to become contributing members of the community. The charity wants graduates to be employed and volunteer their time rather than becoming involved with gangs, drugs, and unhealthy relationships.  

Teachers from schools in Toronto’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods refer students to Trails. The students selected are mid-range achievers, not the best students in the class but also not the worst. Trails selects new at-risk youth to join their program each year. Kids participate in the program from age 12 to 16 with a two-week stay at Trails’ camp each summer and a weekend visit once a month throughout the school year. 

Students do physically challenging activities including high ropes, yoga, skiing, and canoe trips. There is also training on conflict resolution, problem solving, resume writing, career planning, communication, and First Aid. Students can receive credit for up to three high school health and fitness courses.

Trails Youth Initiatives also offers fifth and sixth year programming for select students. As a leader in training, students work with a younger group of students. A sixth year, facilitator in training, is a paid intern who receives job skills and leadership training. After leaving the program, Trails supports students with an alumni mentorship program and distributed $151,000 in F2017 to help program graduates pay for post-secondary tuition.

In F2018, the charity doubled the number of kids accepted into the program, hosting 40 new students each year. A new cabin is being constructed to accommodate for the growth. 

Results and Impact: Trails Youth Initiatives reports that 90% of 2015 program graduates went to post-secondary school. Of this same group, 98% are giving back to their community in a leadership or volunteer role.

Of current Trail participants, 90% report that Trails developed their self-confidence and leadership skills. The survey participants in grade 7 said they have improved self-regulation skills, and 94% of the respondents in grade 8 said that Trails helped prepare them for high school.

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Trails Youth Initiatives is a medium-sized charity, with donations and special events revenue of $2.1m in F2017. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 5% of donations. For every $1 donated, 89 cents go to the cause. This falls well within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity has $2.9m in funding reserves, of which $565k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funding, Trails could cover almost 3 years of program costs with reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Trails Youth Initiatives for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 27, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.6%12.8%7.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.2%6.0%11.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 287.1%194.3%182.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,889,110855,529791,075
Business activities (net) 21,12825,20523,250
Special events 187,55749,464164,546
Investment income 59,50068,74735,546
Total revenues 2,157,295998,9451,014,417
Program costs 681,308500,971476,682
Grants 151,051192,393150,971
Administrative costs 116,624119,27573,297
Fundraising costs 107,02554,635107,184
Other costs 7,3955,9927,469
Cash flow from operations 1,093,892125,679198,814
Funding reserves 2,873,9201,953,8701,744,283

Note: Ci has adjusted for amortization of deferred capital contributions, affecting revenue by ($454) in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 7

Avg. Compensation: $68,571

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 F2017

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

In 2017, a Vision Fundraising Campaign was established with the goal of raising $10 million to develop infrastructure and recruit and additional 20 youth annual for their four-year journey. To accommodate the increase in participants, our 143-acre natural environment site experienced infrastructure additions including a lodge mudroom extension, verandah enhancement and kitchen updates; two classroom/10-sleeper prospector tents and a 2,000 square foot, 40-sleeper cabin. In addition, we developed an Alumni Association, recruited three full-time staff, expanded our Mentorship Programme and added a 6th year Facilitator in Training (FIT) programme as a paid internship. 

It is imperative to continue to grow funding reserves to ensure that when each participant is accepted, they are guaranteed full support for the full four years and beyond. Through this process and into the future, we remain a committed as always to the quality and integrity of our programming and the developmental success of our youth in our "Four Seasons, Four Years, For Life" outdoor programme. We are continuing to position ourselves to meet tomorrow's challenges, relying on the investment of our supporters as we strive to make a difference.

Charity Contact

Website: www.trails.ca
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