97 Kendal Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 1L8
Executive Director: Steven Gottlieb
Board Chair: Tom Robson

Charitable Reg. #:12422 5855 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 90 cents are available for programs.

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About Boundless School:

The Boundless School was founded as an outdoor adventure centre in 1984, working with at-risk youth. Since becoming a charity in 1989, The Boundless School has worked to motivate 20,000 students to succeed academically, physically, and socially. The charity can award high school credits, allowing teens to achieve academic success in an “exquisite” non-traditional learning environment. Boundless has two buildings on 600 acres of land in Palmer Rapids, Ontario. The property includes 3,000 feet of Madawaska River shoreline.

A Charity Intelligence 2020 Top 10 Canadian Impact Charity

In F2020, The Boundless School worked with 271 high schoolers from low-income families who were not on pace to graduate on time. Of these students, 96% had experienced long-term school interruptions and 98% struggled with diagnosed mental illness or learning challenges.

The charity’s boarding school program operates between September and March. Students participate in 30-day (2 credits) or 40-day (3 credits) sessions, working to earn the 30.0 credits needed to graduate high school. The sessions cost $250 per day but students with diagnosed learning, behavioural or mental health issues can deduct tuition fees as a medical expense. In F2020, 122 boarding school participants earned 472 high school credits in math, English, history, science, art, and electives such as writer’s craft and outdoor education.  

During the summer, Boundless runs 13-day sessions where teens can earn a credit in outdoor education, leadership, healthy active living, English, or science. This program costs $2,750 per session. In F2020, there were 286 students who earned a total of 274 credits through summer programs. Sessions involve instruction and assignments but also incorporate camping, high ropes, crafts, music, hiking, and whitewater rafting.

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Results and Impact

Compared with their public school marks, the grades of students who completed Boundless programs improved an average of 26% in English, 31% in math, 19% in history, and 24% in science. In F2020, 77 students completed their high school diploma through the charity.

Charity Intelligence has evaluated The Boundless School and found the charity to have High impact per dollar spent. 

A Charity Intelligence 2020 Top 10 Canadian Impact Charity

Impact Rating: High

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The Boundless School is a Small charity, receiving $753k in donations in F2020. The charity also received $1.0m in tuition fees (40% of revenues) and $729k in government funding (29% of revenues). Administrative costs are 3% of revenues and fundraising costs, retrieved from the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA, are 7% of donations. For every dollar donated, 90 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $1.5m can cover 8.5 months of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to The Boundless School for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 28, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.3%2.9%3.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.9%7.0%6.3%
Total overhead spending 10.2%9.9%9.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 70.9%61.3%50.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 752,755907,120695,622
Government funding 728,760660,774641,399
Fees for service 1,007,8761,072,112841,192
Investment income 13,62111,44910,086
Other income 2,7891,7099,352
Total revenues 2,505,8012,653,1642,197,651
Program costs 2,062,9252,154,6051,890,381
Administrative costs 82,32175,30073,743
Fundraising costs 52,20063,50044,000
Other costs 1301641,417
Total spending 2,197,5762,293,5692,009,541
Cash flow from operations 308,225359,595188,110
Capital spending 191,318133,706891,445
Funding reserves 1,462,9521,320,836958,473

Note: Ci has adjusted for deferred revenue from capital contributions and Ministry of Children and Youth Services, affecting revenues by ($30k) in F2020, ($33k) in F2019, and ($22k) in F2018. Administrative costs may be understated as Ci cannot accurately allocate expenses with the provided information, of note is no allocation of salary or employee benefits. Fundraising costs are as reported on the charity’s T3010 filing and have been removed from program costs for F2019 and F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 28

Avg. Compensation: $39,555

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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Charity Contact

Website: www.theboundlessschool.com
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