Girls E-Mentorship Innovation
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Executive Director: Angelina Pun
Board Co-Chair: Rochelle de Goias
Charitable Reg. #: 837034131 RR 0001
Grade: AThe grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
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About Girls E-Mentorship Innovation:
Founded in 2012, Girls E-Mentorship Innovation (GEM) runs a mentorship program for motivated high school girls who show leadership qualities but face barriers to success. Barriers include gender inequality, racial or religious discrimination, financial insecurity, chronic stress, and barriers associated with immigrating to Canada. Through mentorship, GEM aims to help girls handle stress, improve their time management skills, better deal with failures, and manage expectations placed upon them. Girls that the charity accepts as mentees often live in low-income or Neighborhood Improvement Areas (NIAs). Accepted girls also often identify as being racialized – a visible minority.
GEM’s flagship program is one-on-one mentorship. The charity pairs girls in GTA high schools with mentors based on their career goals, interests and personality traits. Each program year coincides with the nine-month school year, from September to May. Mentors and mentees have weekly ‘touch-points’ that take place online and monthly face-to-face meetings. Mentors must have five years of industry experience to be matched with a mentee.
GEM received 214 mentee applications for its mentorship program’s 2018-19 cohort year, up 25% from 170 applications for the 2017-18 year. It accepted 60 girls, up 10% from 54 girls in 2017-18, and hopes to increase acceptance size to 100 girls annually by 2021.
Besides mentorship, GEM also runs GEMinars – mandatory, half-day workshops hosted by women in various industries on topics picked by girls during GEM's 2013 Design Thinking and Research phase. Girls in the mentorship program also have access to internship opportunities and scholarships. In F2017, GEM distributed two summer scholarships and two financial scholarships.
Results and Impact:
GEM conducts pre- and post-graduation surveys on girls who ﬁnish the mentorship program to study the impact that mentorship has on their lives. From the 2016-17 cohort, 100% of survey respondents said they ﬁnished the program feeling prepared for their next stage in life, and 96% said they are able to set goals and achieve them.
To track outcomes of its GEMinar workshops, GEM has its attendees complete pre- and post-GEMinar surveys. In 2017-18, GEMinar 1, called Personal Branding, increased the number of girls who had a good understanding of their personal brand from 35% to 92%, a change of 57%. GEMinar 2, called Connections that Matter, increased the number of girls who felt conﬁdent giving personal pitches from 23% to 97%, a change of 74%.
GEM is a small charity, receiving $221k in donations in F2017. The charity’s audited financials do not report fundraising costs – Ci used T3010 CRA filings for overhead spending amounts. Administrative costs are 12% of donations and fundraising costs are 4% of donations. Per dollar donated to GEM, 85 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity also reports no compensation information in its most recent F2017 T3010 filing.
GEM’s funding reserves of $155k can cover annual program costs for just over one year.
This charity report is a new profile that has been sent to GEM for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.
Profile created on June 27, 2019 by Katie Khodawandi.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending December
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||11.7%||9.4%||4.6%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||3.5%||0.4%||1.3%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||116.0%||89.8%||54.9%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $s
|Cash flow from operations||53,150||46,948||9,936|