Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation

6-430 Hazeldean Road
Ottawa, ON K2L 1T9
President & CEO: Danielle Robinson
Board Chair: Ian Sherman

Charitable Reg. #:88097 5065 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 35 cents are available for programs.

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About Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation:

Profile Update, 28th June 2023: In September 2021, Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation united with the OSEG Foundation and no longer exists independently. 


Founded in 1998, Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation (OGYF), formerly known as Ottawa Senators Foundation, raises money to support local charities and programs in the Ottawa community that serve children and youth. In 2020, the charity cut ties with the Ottawa Senators NHL team and rebranded as OGYF. Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation divides its grants into four areas: physical wellness, mental wellness, education, and other.

Through physical wellness grants (32% of F2020 spending), OGYF funds programs that work with kids who do not have access to after-school sports, recreation, camp, and social activities. The charity reports that its Campership program supports 18 camps in eastern Ontario and western Quebec. The funding allows these camps to provide over 1,600 young people with 8,000 days of camp and 56,000 hours of physical wellness activities (undated). Its Soccer Speaks program promotes physical activity in an inclusive environment for those struggling with social integration, isolation, and anxiety. The OGYF RecLINK program allows kids of families living in social housing to participate in sports, art, and/or camp programs.

Mental wellness grants (19% of F2020 spending) support programs such as Project STEP and the Youth Hub. Project STEP funding supports charities that deliver addiction counselling, prevention education, and family support. Project STEP helps 57 high schools, three community-based schools, and two centers for residential treatment in Ottawa. OGYF reports that in F2017, 14,100 youth participated in prevention education, and 1,460 youth and 220 parents engaged in counselling. Youth Hub is an initiative launched in partnership with Youth Services Bureau, Royal Ottawa Hospital, South East Ottawa Community Health Centre, and CMHA – Ottawa to help youth transition out of homelessness and into supportive housing.

Education grants (5% of F2020 program spending) include bursaries to college and university students as well as scholarships for mental health patients at Gatineau Health Foundation (offered through the Back to School program). OGYF states that since inception, more than 760 bursaries have been awarded to students attending Algonquin College, University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and La Cité Collégiale.

Included in other support (44% of F2020 program spending) is an annual grant to Roger Neilson House, an eight-bed children’s hospice in Ottawa. Roger Neislon House has had more than 5,500 admissions from across Ontario, western Quebec and Nunavut. It has provided over 33,500 days of care (undated).

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Results and Impact

Project STEP, one of Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation’s grantees, reported that in F2017, 81% of youth felt that the program helped them build or rebuild healthy relationships with their family, partner or their community. 91% of youth who participated in the program achieved academic or employment success.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of OGYF’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation’s financial statements on its website do not have a signed auditor’s letter.

OGYF received $3.5m in donations and special events fundraising in F2019. It received $923k in 50/50 lotteries (net of expenses) in F2019. Administrative costs are 15% of revenue (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 50% of donations and special events. Per dollar donated, 35 cents go to the cause, which is not within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Funding reserves of $3.0m can cover annual granting activities at the F2019 level for one year and four months.

The Foundation’s most recent F2020 T3010 filing with the CRA reports $1.9m in grants to registered charities. The four largest grants for the year reported in its T3010 filing were: $681k to CHEO Foundation, $125k to United Way Ottawa, $121k to City of Ottawa, and $113k to Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

Ci has sent this update to Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation for review.

Updated on August 19, 2021, by Shira Wine.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending July
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.6%10.6%10.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 50.3%38.3%43.2%
Total overhead spending 64.9%48.9%53.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 132.7%135.3%114.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,952,8202,434,4172,167,577
Lotteries (net) 922,551843,7261,095,574
Special events 1,531,7951,381,8901,099,336
Investment income 69,21430,49519,273
Total revenues 4,476,3804,690,5284,381,760
Program costs 2,279,8702,395,3772,034,700
Administrative costs 643,614495,562461,265
Fundraising costs 1,750,9561,461,8451,412,269
Total spending 4,674,4404,352,7843,908,234
Cash flow from operations (198,060)337,744473,526
Capital spending 1,9334,8940
Funding reserves 3,026,4163,241,0122,318,640

Note: Ci reported 50/50 raffle revenue net of expenses in lotteries, decreasing total revenue and expenses by $1.6m in F2019, $1.8m in F2018, and $1.8m in F2017. Amortization of $21k in F2019, $20k in F2018, and $21k in F2017 have been backed out of administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 9

Avg. compensation: $83,777

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 F2019

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