Live Different

1429 Main St. East - Suite 111
Hamilton, ON L8K 1C2
Executive Director: Charles Roberts
Board Chair: Kerry Brandt

Charitable Reg. #: 86123 2890 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
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 available only upon request [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #19

Avg. Compensation $43,585

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 7
< $40k 3
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Live Different:

Founded in 2000, Live Different wants young people to care more about other people than possessions. The charity organizes trips for teens to experience life in developing areas and hosts presentations at Canadian schools.

In F2017, Live Different allocated 58% of program spending to Live Different Builds. Volunteers spend eight to ten days building homes or schools in Dominican Republic, Mexico, Haiti, or Thailand. Since 2000, the charity has worked with 4,500 young volunteers to build over 500 homes and schools. Participants are required to pay for their own travel and donate $1,400 to $2,895 to the charity, depending on the build location.

Live Different Presentations received 25% of program spending in F2017. Canadian schools schedule hour-long presentations that include a speaker, live band, and audience participation segments. Live Different reports that it has presented to 1.5 million students at 3,500 schools since 2000. The charity has recently started offering Indigenous programming which involves two days of presentations, workshops, and a concert.

In F2017, 15% of program spending was allocated to Live Different Projects which are infrastructure improvements in the communities where Live Different Builds are undertaken. Past Projects include building schools, playgrounds, water lines, bridges, and medical clinics.

The remaining 2% of program spending was allocated to Live Different Academy. Teens spend 13 weeks in Mexico learning about social justice and the Mexican culture. Participants pay $6,495, including fees and a required donation, to Live Different.

Results and Impact: Live Different collected feedback from 307 students who attended its presentations. Of the respondents, 92% (281) reported having a better understanding of empathy, 81% (249) were more aware of how their actions could hurt others, and 83% (256) would be more inclined to listen to a friend who needs help.

Financial Review:

Live Different is a medium-sized charity with donations and special events revenue of $2.1m in F2017. The charity received $510k in fees from Builds, Presentations, and Academy, accounting for 20% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 17% of revenues and the charity reports total fundraising costs of $206 (0% of donations), meaning that for every $1 donated, 83 cents go to the cause. This falls well within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Live Different has $43k in funding reserves which could cover program costs for less than one month. This indicates a need for funding.  

This charity report has been sent to Live Different for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Created on August 10, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.4%16.0%11.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.3%0.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 2.1%(4.5%)-0.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,030,9232,112,1021,775,020
Fees for service 510,319421,535359,832
Special events 19,36836,21435,326
Total revenues 2,560,6102,569,8512,170,178
Program costs - International 1,552,0161,713,8341,535,072
Program costs - Canada 514,279447,066404,952
Administrative costs 419,419411,572244,840
Fundraising costs 2066,4524,551
Cash flow from operations 74,690(9,074)(19,237)
Funding reserves 43,308(96,850)(9,865)
Note: Amortization has been removed from Canadian programming, international programming, administrative, and fundraising costs pro-rata.

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