Girls E-Mentorship Innovation

585 Dundas Street East, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Executive Director: Angelina Pun
Board Co-Chair: Rochelle de Goias

Charitable Reg. #: 837034131 RR 0001
Sector: Social Services - Youth
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Results Reporting

Grade: A

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

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

Full-time staff #0

Avg. Compensation $0

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
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Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

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 MayMentors 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%. 

Financial Review:

GEM is a small charity, receiving $221k in donations in F2017. The charity’s audited financials dnot 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 Ratios

Fiscal 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 Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 220,636194,116127,244
Total revenues 220,636194,116127,244
Program costs 133,939128,211109,774
Administrative costs 25,90718,2095,839
Fundraising costs 7,6407481,695
Cash flow from operations 53,15046,9489,936
Funding reserves 155,361115,08460,315
Note: Ci used the charity’s T3010 CRA filings for administrative and fundraising costs. Program costs were calculated by taking total expenses as reported in the audited financials and subtracting administrative and fundraising costs as reported in T3010 filings. 

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