401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
Executive Director: Jocelyn Helland
Board Co-Chair: Graeme Young

Charitable Reg. #:13223 9013 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 58 cents are available for programs.

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About Eva's Initiatives:

Eva's Initiatives is a 4-star charity with average impact. The charity has a high results reporting grade, but overhead spending outside of Charity Intelligence's reasonable range. 

Founded in 1989, Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth (Eva’s) works to address and prevent youth homelessness through providing shelter services, youth programs, and transitional housing for youth aged 16-24. By fulfilling short-term needs and working to address the root causes of homelessness, Eva’s hopes that eventually all youth will have a place to sleep. 

A Charity Intelligence 2022 Top 10 Canadian Youth Impact Charity

In F2021, the Shelter program and Youth program made up 84% of total program spending. The charity runs two shelters for homeless youth. Eva’s Place is an emergency shelter that can host up to 16 youths. This location houses the Family Reconnect program and works with psychiatrists to address residents’ mental health needs. Eva’s Satellite is the second emergency shelter that can host up to 41 youths. This location operates the Harm Reduction program for youth with substance abuse issues. The program provides counselling, education on safer drug use, and access to safe drug supplies. In F2021, Eva’s shelters housed 995 people. Eva’s also ran a YOUth belong independent housing program in F2021 with 20 youth participants. This program provides independent transitional housing and housing bursaries to black youth. In F2021, 51 people received housing bursaries through the YOUth Belong program.

Eva's Inter-dependent living program made up 16% of total program spending in F2021. The charity provides education, life skills, and employment training programs for youth at its shelters. In F2021, the charity provided 36 individual consultations on education and career opportunities. 32 youths completed the training programs, of which 29 people gained employment. Eva’s Phoenix provides an apartment-style space for homeless youth to live for a year. In F2021, 83 youth lived at Eva’s Phoenix.

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Results and Impact

In F2021, Eva's Initiatives sheltered 995 youths and provided follow-up support to 101 young people after they left the shelter. The charity distributed bursaries through its YOUth Belong program to 51 people and supported 21 young people to graduate high school/GED/postsecondary education. Of the 32 young people who completed the training programs provided by Eva's, 29 gained either part-time or full-time employment.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has found Eva's to have Average impact, based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

A Charity Intelligence 2022 Top 10 Canadian Youth Impact Charity

Impact Rating: Average

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Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth received donations of $4.7m in F2021. The charity received $7.5m in government funding, principally from the City of Toronto for per diem shelter. This government funding represents 59% of total revenues.  

Administrative costs are 16% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. This means overhead costs are 42%. For every dollar donated, 58 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Eva’s has $6.8m in funding reserves which could cover program costs for nine months.

Charity Intelligence has sourced Eva's government funding from its T3010 filing as this financial information is not disclosed separately in Eva's audited financial statements.  

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on June 9, 2022 by Lin Zhu.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.6%11.6%10.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.0%26.9%25.5%
Total overhead spending 41.6%38.4%35.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 74.2%53.8%36.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,7233,5494,297
Government funding 7,5009,4526,102
Business activities (net) 320226284
Investment income 164053
Other income 972038
Total revenues 12,65513,28810,775
Program costs 9,1519,4038,296
Administrative costs 1,9731,5301,098
Fundraising costs 1,2289551,097
Total spending 12,35211,88810,491
Cash flow from operations 3031,401284
Capital spending 11468
Funding reserves 6,7925,0613,052

Note: Ci adjusted government funding to reconcile with the charity’s CRA T3010 filing. Ci recognizes deferred donations and grants in the year received. This adjustment changed Eva's donations by ($898k) in F2021, ($1.9m) in F2020, and $178k in F2019. Ci has removed Eva's non-cash depreciation expense and interest cost from program costs. Depreciation and interest expense are not reported as separate line items on Eva's income statement. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 148

Avg. compensation: $48,415

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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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Comments from a previous year:

As a charity that prides itself on excellence in addressing the challenge of youth homelessness, Eva’s is pleased to be one of the charities evaluated by Charity Intelligence for generating results.

Charity Contact

Website: www.evas.ca
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