East York Learning Experience

266 Donlands
Toronto, ON M4J 5B1
Director: Gail McCullough
Administrator: Helen Brodbeck

Website: eastyorklearningexperience.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 10727 4839 RR0001
Sector: Education
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

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

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

Impact Rating: Good

Full-time staff #1

Avg. Compensation $114,644

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 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About East York Learning Experience:

East York Learning Experience (EYLE) staff and trained volunteers provide one-on-one free literacy tutoring to about 90 adult (aged 18+) low-level learners annually. EYLE students have different levels of literacy. Some are pre-literate while some are learning basic skills such as learning the alphabet, writing their address, and basic sight words. Others are fine-tuning skills to enter a GED preparation program, adult high school, or even college. Many students also focus on developing essential skills for the workplace. In addition to challenges with low literacy levels, approximately one third of EYLE students suffer from undiagnosed learning disabilities.

EYLE continues to operate as one of the most efficient organizations in the sector by leveraging a modest budget to furnish a volunteer base with curriculum training and infrastructure to meet community demand. Depending on the individual need, students receive tutoring for up to three years, typically at a rate of two hours per week. Tutoring is customized, friendly, and supports adult learning so that students can develop their reading, writing, and/or basic math and computer literacy skills outside of the classroom environment. EYLE matches students with tutors drawn from a volunteer base that consists of many long-serving volunteers, some with more than 10 years of working with EYLE.

In F2016, 66% of the 47 students who exited the program either became employed or entered programs to pursue further education.

Financial Review:

East York Learning Experience is a nano-cap charity with $23k in F2016 donations and special events revenues. Its administrative costs are 4% of revenues, and its fundraising costs are 8% of donations. For every dollar donated, 88 cents go towards EYLE’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has funding reserves of $40k, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 30%. This means that EYLE can cover just under 4 months of its annual program costs using its existing reserves, showing a need for funding.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by the charity. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 22, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.7%3.9%3.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.0%4.6%3.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 29.7%31.7%29.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 10,5435,7787,985
Government funding 121,405118,658124,115
Special events 12,73215,2568,345
Investment income 41422
Total revenues 144,684139,706140,467
Program costs 136,205131,400134,809
Administrative costs 5,3675,4274,219
Fundraising costs 1,862976527
Other costs 3862952,067
Cash flow from operations 8641,608(1,155)
Funding reserves 40,41241,68339,676
Note: Ci has included interest income in revenues, affecting revenue by $4 in F2016, $14 in F2015, and by $22 in F2014.

Comments added by the Charity:

East York Learning Experience has a small staff contingent and thus is a volunteer-driven organization.  Each year we rely on the assistance of 50-70 volunteers to work on our Board of Directors, our committees, at fundraising events, and to deliver our literacy services on a one-to-one basis.

Our volunteer tutors go through a screening interview, participate in our tutor training program (small group format 2 to 3 times per year), are then matched with a student and receive ongoing support from staff.

Initially these volunteers make a one year commitment to EYLE.  However, many stay with us for several years.  Each year we celebrate & honour our volunteers at our Annual General Meeting.  At this event we recognize our 1, 3, 5, 10, 15, and 20 year volunteers.  These long-term volunteers represent almost ½ of our entire volunteer membership.  Their reasons for staying with us may vary, but frequently we hear comments such as:

  • “It is such a friendly environment and everyone works together as a team, with a common purpose.”
  • “I’m learning as much as I’m teaching.”
  • “It is so rewarding when your student makes a breakthrough, or accomplishes a goal that you have helped them with.”
  • “It is my way of giving back to the community and it feels great.”
  • “The staff is always friendly, approachable & supportive.”
  • “It feels like family here.”

At EYLE our goal has been to foster a welcoming, relaxed, informal learning environment while delivering professional literacy services that meet the individual needs of our learners. Our success rate with learners and the dedication demonstrated by our staff and volunteers are indicators that we have met this goal.

As an organization with a relatively small budget, we are proud of what we have accomplished and the positive impact we have had on so many lives in our community.  Without our committed volunteers and funding support from various levels of government, foundations and the broader community, this would not have been possible.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and the work that we do.


Gail McCullough


East York Learning Experience

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