Moorelands Community Services

250 Merton Street, Ste 501
Toronto, ON M4S 1B1
Executive Director: Lynda Tilley
Board President: Robert Webb

Charitable Reg. #: 11923 0241 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - At-Risk Youth
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Results Reporting

Grade: A

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

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #7

Avg. Compensation $63,405

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 2
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 1
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Moorelands Community Services:

Founded in 1912, Moorelands Community Services (Moorelands) works with Toronto youth living in poverty. Approximately 25% of children in Toronto are from poor families and Moorelands focuses on youth from the Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park areas where up to 63% of kids live in poverty. Through summer camp and after-school programs, Moorelands aims to build kids’ confidence, connect them with positive role models, and improve their decision-making skills.

Kids aged 8-14 can attend Moorelands’ summer camp on Kawagama Lake, near Dorset, Ontario. Campers spend a week doing activities including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, arts and crafts, archery, and playing sports. For youth who are 15 or 16 years old, Mooreland’s offers camp programming that focuses more on leadership and teaches skills including emergency first aid, fire building, outdoor cooking, and map reading. The cost per week for camp is $1,150 but costs are subsidized depending on family size and income. In F2017, 482 kids attended Moorelands’ camp.

BLAST is an after-school program that runs from September to May, offered to kids from three schools in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park. BLAST operates from 3:15 to 5:45 on weekdays and daily activities include snack, 50 minutes of exercise, homework help, and crafts, science activities, cooperative games, or baking. For older kids, the Youth LED and VITAL programs teach leadership skills and involve participants in organizing BLAST activities.

Moorelands also puts together packages of gifts for poor families at Christmas and collects baby supplies for new mothers. In F2017, Moorelands distributed Christmas packages to 310 families. Each year, the charity works to put together 250 baby bundles which social service workers distribute to poor mothers.

Results and Impact: Moorelands Community Services reports that 87% of kids attending its summer camp say they improved their communication skills, 87% are better able to make good choices, 91% are more responsible, and 97% found a positive role model in a staff member.

Of after-school participants, 98% of kids in BLAST say they can use their newfound leadership skills outside of Moorelands, 91% of VITAL participants saw improvements in their decision making and teamwork skills, and 100% of kids in Youth LED improved their communication skills.

Financial Review:

Moorelands Community Services is a medium-sized charity, with donations of $1.4m in F2017. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. For every $1 donated, 68 cents go to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Moorelands has $1.4m in funding reserves, of which $398k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could operate for seven months using funding reserves. This indicates a need for funding.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Moorelands Community Services for review. Comments from the charity are forthcoming. 

Updated on August 23, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.7%5.6%5.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.6%21.5%26.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 119.0%124.0%91.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,351,0131,619,8001,294,124
Goods in kind 113,78987,00273,944
Fees for service 141,713141,316147,662
Business activities (net) 63,09747,49846,045
Investment income 102,59275,06454,619
Other income 5,17010,1575,602
Total revenues 1,777,3741,980,8371,621,996
Program costs 1,146,7031,068,2091,043,660
Administrative costs 112,375106,73891,159
Fundraising costs 345,782348,369340,827
Cash flow from operations 172,514457,521146,350
Funding reserves 1,364,4291,324,985949,279

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