970 Queen St. East
Toronto, ON M4M 1J8
Executive Director: Jyoti Singh
Board Co-Chair: Donnalea Sparling & Dana Rose Granofsky

Charitable Reg. #:11930 2727 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 91 cents are available for programs.

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About Nellie's:

Nellie's is a 5-star charity that provides shelter and other assistance to women and children experiencing violence, poverty, and homelessness. It is financially transparent and has good reporting on the results of its programs. Its overhead costs fall within Ci's reasonable range.

Founded in 1973, Nellie’s was Toronto’s first women’s shelter. Named for Canada’s pioneering suffragette, Nellie McClung, it was co-founded by a group of female activists including June Callwood. Nellie’s began as a shelter with 16 beds for homeless women, fleeing domestic abuse. In November 2021, Nellie's opened a 40-bed, 22-bedroom shelter. This shelter houses women and children leaving domestic violence situations and dealing with other issues like poverty and mental health. Its goal is to ensure the women it serves move on to safe and affordable housing so they do not return to violent situations. Nellie’s is a community-based feminist charity that sees itself as anti-racism and anti-oppression. It is committed to social change through education and advocacy, to achieve social justice for all women and children.

Women come to Nellie’s from all backgrounds: women who are pregnant, immigrants, some single, some with children. In F2021, 36 single women and 22 families arrived at Nellie's. Five babies were born and 35 children lived at Nellie's. 36 women fled violence or intimate partner abuse.

In addition, Nellie’s has added programs (helping mothers find child-care, register for schools, deal with Children’s Aid), and programs for children like art programs and summer camp, to help children process the violence they may have witnessed.

Beyond being an emergency shelter, Nellie’s provides its community a weekly drop-in dinner for women and children who are homeless or living in poverty. Every week between 60 and 80 single women and families visit the program. 


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Results and Impact

In F2021, 49 women with kids and 19 single women found permanent housing. 43 women moved into subsidized housing and 34 moved into private-market rentals.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these results, this may not be a complete representation of Nellie's results and impact.

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Nellie's received $1.6m in donations in F2021, a 60% increase from donations of $989k in F2019. Nellie's also received $2.7m in government funding. This makes up 62% of its total revenue in F2021. Fundraising costs are 3% of donations and administrative costs are 6% of total revenues. For each dollar donated, 91 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending.

Funding reserves of $3.3m can cover program costs for just over 1 year.

This report is an update that has been sent to Nellie's. Changes and corrections may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 28, 2022 by Emily Downing

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.9%5.2%1.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.5%8.5%12.4%
Total overhead spending 9.5%13.7%13.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 108.0%200.4%48.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,587,6381,032,407989,416
Government funding 2,678,8741,616,2648,525,452
Investment income 1,14831,69569,976
Total revenues 4,267,6602,680,3669,584,844
Program costs 3,043,3422,327,0502,273,966
Administrative costs 125,370137,87996,285
Fundraising costs 103,58087,300122,670
Total spending 3,272,2922,552,2292,492,921
Cash flow from operations 995,368128,1377,091,923
Capital spending 3,950,1303,033,8205,700,000
Funding reserves 3,285,8794,662,6841,112,424

Note: Charity Intellgence reported Nellie's fundraising costs using its T3010 filing with the CRA. In its T3010 filing, Nellie’s does not report its payments to 43 part-time staff. Without this information, it is not accurate to calculate its average full-time salary. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 30

Avg. compensation: $0

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 F2021

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