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) 62 cents are available for programs.

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About Eva's Initiatives:

Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth is a four-star financially transparent charity with an Average demonstrated impact score. It has an above average A results reporting grade but its total overhead spending is outside Ci’s reasonable range. For every dollar donated, 62 cents are available to go to the cause.

Founded in 1989, Eva’s Initiative for Homeless Youth (Eva’s) provides emergency shelter, long-term transitional housing support, and job training programs for Torontonian youths between the ages of 16 and 24. The charity particularly focuses on the unique needs and challenges of Black homeless youth in its 2024-2027 strategic plan. According to the charity, homelessness and childhood trauma are linked, with 63% of Toronto’s youth homeless population living in an abusive household prior to homelessness. The charity runs three programs: Shelter Services, Youth Programs, and YOUth Belong. The charity spent $9.3m on its programs in the fiscal year ending September 2023 (F2023).

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

Shelter Services was 55% of Eva’s program spending. In F2023, the charity’s Place, Phoenix, and Satellite emergency shelters (135 total beds) housed 140, 70, and 172 youths respectively, who stayed an average of 12 months at Eva’s shelters. According to the charity, 382 youths total stayed at these three shelters in F2023.

Youth Programs was 27% of Eva’s program spending. This includes the charity’s Graphic Communications & Print Training (JPEG) and Youth Succeeding in Employment Program (YSEP) employment training services. In F2023, 50 and 36 youths were supported by JPEG and YSEP respectively. The charity reported a 33% increase in JPEG participants compared with F2022.

YOUth Belong was 18% of Eva’s program spending. This program provides self-identified Black youths emergency shelter, long-term housing, and rent subsidies. In F2023, the charity helped 14 youths transition to independent housing, an 8% increase from 13 youths in F2022. The YOUth Belong shelter (65 beds) housed 83 youths who stayed an average of 12 months. The charity also provided rent subsidies to 83 youths.

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Results and Impact

In F2023, Eva’s Initiative for Homeless Youth housed 465 youths in its four shelters (140 at Place, 83 at YOUth Belong, 70 at Phoenix, and 172 at Satellite), a 40% decrease from 767 youths in F2022.

31 youths (of 50) became employed after attending the Youth Succeeding in Employment Program in F2023.

14 youth successfully transitioned from living in Eva’s shelters to independent housing in F2023, an 8% increase from 13 transitioned in F2023.

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

Charity Intelligence has given Eva’s Initiative for Homeless Youth an Average impact score based on its demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Average

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Eva’s Initiative for Homeless Youth improved its financial reporting in F2023 in that it properly separated government funding from donations in its F2023 audited financial statements. This means that Eva’s government funding reported on its F2023 T3010 filings reconciled with its audited statements. Because of this improvement, Ci completed a material restatement of Eva’s F2022 financial statements.

In F2023, the charity received $3.5m in donations and $8.2m in government funding, a 48% and 2% increase from $2.4m and $8.0m in F2022 respectively. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues and fundraising costs are 24% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 38%. This means that for every dollar donated, 62 cents are available to go to the cause. This falls outside Ci’s reasonable overhead spending range. Eva’s has fallen outside of this range since 2014.

Eva’s spent $9.3m on its programs in F2023, a 2% increase from $9.1m, in F2022.

At the end of F2023, Eva’s Initiative for Homeless Youth had $5.0m in reserve funds (cash and investments) which covers 54% or slightly over 6 months of its annual program spending.

Profile updated June 24, 2024 by Julian Dranitsaris. Comments and corrections may be forthcoming.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.6%21.3%14.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.5%48.0%56.5%
Total overhead spending 38.1%69.3%71.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 54.0%52.5%78.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,5472,3952,064
Government funding 8,1517,97010,159
Business activities (net) 340336320
Investment income 882016
Other income 472997
Total revenues 12,17310,74912,655
Program costs 9,2809,0568,690
Administrative costs 1,6452,2891,874
Fundraising costs 8701,1491,166
Total spending 11,79512,49311,729
Cash flow from operations 378(1,744)926
Capital spending 0371
Funding reserves 5,0154,7546,792

Note: 1. DEFERRED ADJUSTMENT: Eva’s uses deferred accounting. To show donors this information on a consistent basis, Ci adjusted for changes in deferred revenues. This affected revenues by $463k, $261k, and $261k in F2023, F2022, and F2021 respectively. 2. DEFERRED CAPITAL CONTRIBUTION: Ci also adjusted for changes in deferred capital contributions. This affected revenues by ($594k), ($592k), and ($592k) in F2023, F2022, and F2021 respectively. 3. AMORTIZATION: Ci backed out amortization on a pro-rata basis applied to program, fundraising, and administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 121

Avg. compensation: $60,114

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 F2023

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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.

Learn More: 2023-2023 Annual Report

Charity Contact

Website: www.evas.ca
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