WISH Drop-In Centre Society

515-119 W. Pender St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1S5
Executive Director: Kate Gibson
Board Chair: Roberta Robertson

Website: www.wish-vancouver.net
Charitable Reg. #: 87047 5563 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Women
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: B-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years 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

2011 2012 2013
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #11

Avg. Compensation $23,619

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 1
< $40k 9
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2013

About WISH Drop-In Centre Society:

Since 1984, WISH Drop-in Centre (WISH) has specialized in working with female survival sex workers in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Annually, WISH provides over 400 women, aged 19-60, respite from violence on the street, and treats them with dignity and respect while tending to their basic needs. Women using WISH experience frequent physical and sexual violence, poverty, social isolation and a lack of access to many resources. Most suffer the effects of chronic traumatic stress disorder and many women live with health concerns including depression and addiction, Hepatitis C and, for some, HIV. 57% of women using WISH are aboriginal.

Following the Commission Inquiry into Missing Women, BC's Attorney General acted immediately funding WISH $750k each year. With this core funding, WISH expanded its drop-in services operating from 6pm to 11am in 2013. WISH provides sex workers with evening snacks and meals, showers and dispenses make-up, hygiene, safety items and clothing. WISH has seen a 55% increase in women accessing its services. The Mobile Access Project (MAP) van drives around each night providing respite to women working on the street. It hands out beverages and safety supplies and provides peer support and referrals to shelters and emergency services. Twice a week, WISH offers on-site nursing care, referrals to detoxification centres. WISH offers education programs, including Literacy and Learning, an Aboriginal Culture and Creativity Centre. The Peer Safety Patrol maintains a safe route for women coming to the centre, and gives an opportunity for alternative crisis and safety training, and employment with WISH.

Financial Review:

Administrative costs are 15% of revenues and fundraising costs are 12% of donations. WISH has funding reserves of $823k, which cover 114% of annual program costs.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.1%15.6%14.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.3%9.8%13.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 113.8%92.9%124.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 383,223367,885317,711
Government funding 528,109477,767521,987
Investment income 14,3218,5259,389
Total revenues 925,653859,508849,087
Program costs 723,111700,653673,242
Administrative costs 137,630133,109122,506
Fundraising costs 47,14936,54043,509
Bank And Other Charges 4,7084,6723,599
Cash flow from operations 13,055(15,466)6,231
Funding reserves 822,890651,066622,360

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