54 Wolseley St.
Toronto, ON M5T 1A5
Executive Director: Nzinga Walker
Founder: Donna Green

Charitable Reg. #:81718 6935 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 81 cents are available for programs.

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About Stella's Place:

Stella's Place is a 3-star charity with fair demonstrated impact. It is financially transparent and has reasonable overhead spending, but has a below-average results reporting grade. 


Founded in 2015, Stella's Place (Stella's Place Assessment and Treatment Centre) provides free mental health services to young people ages 16 to 29 in Toronto. The charity reports that of the approximately 100,000 young adults in Toronto who struggle with mental health, only 1 in 6 have access to the help they need. People can access the charity's mental health services through appointments, drop-ins, or by registering as a client. Stella's Place reports it serves 1,200 to 1,500 people annually.


Stella's Place offers drop-in services through its physical and virtual cafés, where people can access mental health information, grab a coffee or snack, wait for appointments, and socialize with others. Stella's Place also runs drop-in counselling, music programs, social events, and BeanBagChat. BeanBagChat is an app that connects youth to a trained peer supporter. The charity states that hundreds of people have chats on the app each year, lasting an average of 45 minutes.


Stella's Place allows clients to book appointments with a family doctor to ask about general health, mental health, sexual health, and chronic illnesses.


Stella's Place also offers registered programming, like Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) groups, which help people identify and cope with emotions, manage difficult situations, and build communication skills with family and friends. As of fall 2022, the charity held over 350 DBT sessions during 2022. Additionally, Stella's Place offers short-term individual counselling.

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Results and Impact

According to Stella's Place, its DBT programs have an 80% retention rate, compared to a 42-76% retention rate for DBT in community settings. The charity also reports that 73% of its clients are motivated to go to school or find employment, with 36% of participants getting a job after participating in a program. In F2020, Stella's Place reported that 73% of clients learned skills to manage their mental health. 


While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Stella's Place's results and impact. 


Charity Intelligence has given Stella's Place a rating of Fair for demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Fair

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Charities have six months after their year end to file their tax forms and audited financial statements with the CRA. Stella's Place has a year end of December 31. Its F2022 financial statements are dated January 26, 2024, 11 months after the charity's year end. In F2021, the charity's financial statements were dated 10 months after the year end. 


Stella's Place received donations of $6.3m in F2022, up 101% from donations of $3.1m in F2021.


Administrative costs are 16% of revenues, and fundraising costs are 3% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 19%. For every dollar donated, 81 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending.


Stella's Place has $3.0m in cash and investments. It also has a $2.0m interest bearing loan from a related party. Overall, Stella's place has 1.0m in reserve funds that can cover its program costs at the F2022 level for less than six months.


This charity report is an update that has been sent to Stella's Place for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 


Updated on February 7, 2024 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.1%19.1%15.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 2.5%7.6%4.3%
Total overhead spending 18.7%26.8%19.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 43.7%15.3%105.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,2603,114,6823,924,594
Government funding 5601,059,8301,376,167
Business activities (net) 00(1,586)
Other income 771,7094,827
Total revenues 6,8274,246,2215,304,002
Program costs 2,3962,458,4522,118,390
Administrative costs 1,102811,771803,354
Fundraising costs 159238,061168,202
Other costs 000
Total spending 3,6573,508,2843,089,946
Cash flow from operations 3,170737,9372,214,056
Capital spending 2,5882,506,580754,418
Funding reserves 1,047375,9352,241,764

Note: Stella's Place uses a deferred accounting method. To report on a consistent basis, Ci adjusted for deferred donations and capital contributions, affection donations by $3.1m in F2022, $685m in F2021, and $2.1m in F2020. Ci reports business activities net of expenses as income. In F2020, this affected income and expenses by ($23k). 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 31

Avg. compensation: $62,103

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.stellasplace.ca
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