Youth With a Mission (BC) Society

RPO E Hastings P.O. Box 57024
Vancouver, BC V5K 5G6
Board President: Mike Davies
Treasurer: Randy Parizeau

Charitable Reg. #:11930 7775 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 1/5]


Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 98 cents are available for programs.

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About Youth With a Mission (BC) Society:

Youth With a Mission (BC) Society is a 1-star charity with Low demonstrated impact. It has a poor results reporting grade and is not financially transparent. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence's report. 

Founded in 1972, Youth With a Mission (BC) Society is a Christian charity that engages youth in ministry and outreach programs. Its common name is Youth With a Mission Vancouver (YWAM Vancouver) and it is a branch of YWAM Canada and YWAM International. YWAM is a global Christian movement that works in over 180 countries. There are over 40 YWAM ministries in Canada.  YWAM Vancouver has three main program areas: local ministries, training, and mission trips. The charity does not provide a spending breakdown.

YWAM Vancouver’s local ministries work focuses on spreading the Gospel through various activities. This includes Bible Effect, Mission Adventures, Business As A Mission, Pemela’s Little Promises, and Member Care. Bible Effect provides resources about the Bible. In F2022 it published 18 books and created videos about six different scriptures. Mission Adventures includes week-long summer as well as four-day fall and spring programs where small groups of people can learn about service, prayer, and education in Vancouver. In F2022 Mission Adventures had 19 participants. Business As A Mission helps businesspeople connect to the Gospel. There were two events in F2022, with 164 attendees. Pamela’s Little Promises is a Christ-centered preschool and daycare for children aged six and under, which took care of 18 children in F2022. Member care is a program for past mission personnel. 

YWAM Vancouver’s main training program is the Discipleship Training School (DTS). DTS is composed of a 12-week lecture phase, where youth learn about the Bible, and an eight-week field assignment phase, where youth travel to Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal or Cambodia to gain experience in spreading the Gospel. DTS had eight students in F2022. Other training programs include a snowboard and skiing DTS program, the Chronological School of Biblical Studies, the School of Ministry and Leadership Development, and an English Cultural Orientation program. Chronological School of Biblical Studies had five students in F2022. 

Through YWAM Vancouver’s mission trips, people can go on short-term, two-week mission trips to Thailand and/or Cambodia to help the needy. Missionaries distribute food, build homes, dig wells, help in health clinics, teach English, and spread evangelism.  

YWAM Vancouver spent $16.2 million on programs and grants in F2022, including $10.8 million on programs outside Canada. The charity reports in its T3010 filing with the CRA that it carried out programs in Albania, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Qatar, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Egypt and Croatia.  In F2022, 98% of YWAM Vancouver’s program spending (domestic and international) was on sub-contractors. The charity pays missionaries and other YWAM organizations to carry out ministry and outreach work. 

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence found  YWAM Vancouver reported many stories but little data on its work. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of YWAM Vancouver’s results and impact. 

Charity Intelligence has rated Youth With a Mission as Low impact based on demonstrated impact per dollar. 

Impact Rating: Low

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Charity Intelligence consolidated Youth with a Mission Vancouver with its associated Foundation in the following financial analysis. Transfers of $16.8m in F2021, $13.5m in F2020, and $14.6m in F2019 between the two organizations have been excluded. Both the charity and the foundation are not financially transparent. Their audited financial statements are not posted on its website nor provided when requested. Charity Intelligence's financial review uses Youth with a Mission Vancouver’s F2021 audited financial statements. This is the most recent information we have received from the Charities Directorate from our request for information.  The statements for the foundation were not available, hence Ci used the foundation’s T3010 filing with the CRA.  

Youth with a Mission Vancouver received $15.6m in Canadian donations in F2021. Administrative costs are 2% of total revenue (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 0% of donations. The charity does not report fundraising costs. This results in a total overhead spending of 2%. For every donated dollar, 98 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending, and it has been so for the past three years. 

YWAM Vancouver has $2.0m in reserve funds. These are the charity’s cash and investments. The charity can cover annual program and grants spending for one month with current reserves.  

YWAM Vancouver audited financial statements disclose that the Treasure and President received $52k in sub-contract payments in F2021. The audited statements also disclose that the five highest paid individuals under contract for services that exceeded $75,000 in annual payment received a total of $569kin F2021. 

This charity report that has been sent to Youth With a Mission (BC) Society for review. Comments and changes may be forthcoming. 

Created on July 28, 2023 by Alessandra Castino. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.8%1.0%1.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 1.8%1.0%1.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 12.2%13.3%10.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 15,64914,37314,745
International donations 325297260
Fees for service 147122351
Investment income 0(20)(13)
Total revenues 16,12014,77215,343
Program costs - International 10,79313,37910,897
Program costs - Canada 5,2964884,128
Grants 166138271
Administrative costs 286152196
Fundraising costs 000
Other costs 212123
Total spending 16,56314,17915,516
Cash flow from operations (443)593(173)
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 1,9771,8661,537

Note: Charity Intelligence used the operating charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA to obtain international donations, international program spending, as well as grants to qualified donees. The Foundation’s T3010 filing was used to obtain international donations. Other costs include bank charges and interest as well as GST expenses. Administrative costs include the operating charity’s office costs, professional fees, maintenance and storage costs, and telephone costs, as well as the Foundation’s professional fees.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 2

Avg. compensation: $47,626

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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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001