Sheena's Place

87 Spadina Road
Toronto, ON M5R 2T1
Executive Director: Deborah Berlin-Romalis
Board Chair: James Jewett

Charitable Reg. #: 10811 4158 RR0001
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B-

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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #12

Avg. Compensation $46,601

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 7
< $40k 2
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Sheena's Place:

Founded in 1994, Sheena’s Place (formally known as the Hospice for Eating Disorders of Toronto) offers support to people, families and friends affected by eating disorders through professionally-run support groups. Sheena’s Place works to inspire hope, reduce stigma, raise awareness and offer help and information at all stages of recovery to people affected by eating disorders. Sheena’s Place reports that as many as one million Canadians live with an eating disorder, and 1,500 Canadians die every year due to an eating disorder. The charity also states that eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness in adolescents.

Sheena's Place runs a non-residential center in downtown Toronto that runs programs in a community-based and non-medical setting. Its clients are self-referred. Sheena's Place has four major programs: Support Groups, Body Image Groups, Skill Building Groups, and Expressive Arts Groups. These programs are available at no cost for people 17 and older with an eating disorder, as well as family, friends, and partners. The charity also offers information sessions and interviews for people who are considering taking part in a group but are still unsure of the decision. In 2016, Sheena’s Place served 1,223 unique clients, of which 38% were new and 57% live on some form of social assistance.

Support Groups are guided by a professional and offer people with eating disorders, as well as families, friends, and partners, the chance to help each other in an informal setting. The charity runs this program with the philosophy that people are the experts of their own experience. In 2016, Sheena’s Place ran 506 support sessions.  Body Image Groups use techniques such as gentle physical movement and exploration of feelings and perceptions to heighten awareness about the connection between mind and body, and help clients better manage stresses of daily life. Sheena’s Place ran 120 Body Image sessions in 2016. Skill Building Groups educate participants about techniques to cope with feelings, modify behaviors, and change circumstances that affect healthy living. The charity ran 280 sessions in 2016. Expressive Arts Groups help participants express their feelings and release difficult emotions through painting/drawing, writing, and musical activities such as singing or playing an instrument. Sheena’s Place ran 160 sessions in 2016.

Financial Review:

Sheena’s Place is a small-cap charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $573k in F2016. Administrative costs are 17% of revenues and fundraising costs are 51% of donations and special events. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.32 goes toward its programs, which falls outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Net funding reserves total $3.4m, of which $2.7m are held in an externally-restricted endowment fund. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover annual program costs for 1.5 years.

Ci excluded donations from the Board of Directors when calculating the charity’s fundraising cost ratio.

This report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Sheena’s Place. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 1, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.7%16.9%19.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 50.9%36.3%54.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 615.6%722.7%741.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 213,375253,446196,825
Special events 359,259359,126262,637
Investment income 167,779200,318378,425
Other income 6,6703,8822,155
Total revenues 747,083816,772840,042
Program costs 547,477494,037483,036
Administrative costs 96,566104,44089,322
Fundraising costs 275,720209,447239,153
Other costs 30,57631,94631,890
Cash flow from operations (203,256)(23,098)(3,359)
Funding reserves 3,370,1723,570,4043,579,162
Note: Ci reported endowment management fees in other costs, increasing total expenses by $31k in F2016, $32k in F2015 and $32k in F2014. Ci reported endowment income and unrealized gains and losses in investment income, affecting total revenues by $168k in F2016, $200k in F2015 and $376k in F2014. Ci excluded donations from Board of Directors of $31k in F2016, $35k in F2015 and $17k in F2014 when calculating the fundraising cost ratio.

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comments were provided by the charity for a previous profile. Updated comments may be forthcoming.

Sheena’s Place serves approximately 1000 clients annually. In 2011 Sheena’s Place staff and volunteers conducted 320 Information Interviews.  Additionally, our staff and volunteers respond to more than 150 frontline support calls each month.  Sheena’s Place website serves as an important resource portal and received more than 150,000 unique visits in 2011. For the past decade, Sheena’s Place has enjoyed the generous contribution of more than 4000 volunteer hours annually. In 2011, Sheena’s Place instituted a new client evaluation study.  In their responses, our participants told us that:

 o  92% Feel hopeful for positive change

o  92% Feel more able to make positive change

o  98% Feel more motivated to improve their life

o  98% Feel supported because of Sheena’s Place programs

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