Moorelands Community Services

251 Consumers Rd., Suite 601
Toronto, ON M2J 4R3
Executive Director: Lynda Tilley
Board President: John Shelly

Charitable Reg. #:11923 0241 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) 72 cents are available for programs.

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About Moorelands Community Services:

Moorelands Community Services is a top-rated 5-star charity with a high results reporting grade. This charity is financially transparent and has low funding reserves, indicating a need for funding.

Founded in 1912, Moorelands Community Services (Moorelands Kids) offers summer camp and after-school programs for Toronto youth living in poverty to build kids’ confidence, connect them with positive role models, and improve their decision-making skills. Approximately one-third of children in Toronto live in poverty and Moorelands Kids focuses on youth from the Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park areas where up to three in every four children live in poverty. In F2021, 1,034 kids and 744 families benefited from Moorelands’ programs.

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

Kids in grades 3-8 can attend Moorelands Kids' summer camp on Kawagama Lake, near Dorset, Ontario. Campers spend six days doing activities including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, arts and crafts, archery, and playing sports. For youth who are in grades 9 or 10, Moorelands Kids offers camp programming with a focus on leadership and teaches skills including emergency first aid, fire building, outdoor cooking, and map reading. The cost per camp session is $1,150 but costs are subsidized depending on family size and income. In F2021, 744 kids attended Moorelands Kids' camp. 58% of the kids were returning campers and 42% were new to camp.

BLAST is an after-school program that runs from September to May, offered to kids in grades 1-5 at schools in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park communities. BLAST operates from 3:15 to 5:45 on weekdays and daily activities include snacks, 50 minutes of exercise, homework help, arts and crafts, science activities, cooperative games, and baking. For kids in grades 6-8, the 9-week LED program offered at three middle schools teaches leadership, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. BLAST is heavily subsidized, with a maximum cost to parents of $125 for five days a week of programs for the whole year. For kids in grades 9-12, the VITAL pre-employment program helps youth learn leadership skills through community engagement and earning volunteer hours. The LED and VITAL programs are both free.

Moorelands Kids also puts together packages of gifts for children in poor families at Christmas and collects baby supplies for new mothers. In F2021, Moorelands distributed Christmas packages to 701 kids. It also put together 329 baby bundles which social service workers distribute to low-income mothers.

In response to covid-19, Moorelands Kids moved all after-school and camp programming online to its website, and the material is now being offered as free virtual programs.

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Results and Impact

Moorelands Community Services reports that 94% of kids said they were more responsible after participating in a Moorelands Kids program in 2021, and 90% of kids said they felt more confident after participating in a Moorelands Kids program in 2021.

Of after-school participants, 100% of VITAL participants demonstrated a notable increase in confidence, and 100% of LEDGE campers reported improved communication and teamwork skills.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Moorelands Kids’ results and impact.

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Moorelands Community Services received donations of $1.6m in F2021. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 23% of donations. This means overhead costs are 28%. For every dollar donated, 72 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Moorelands Kids has $2.6m in funding reserves, of which $571k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity’s net funding reserves could cover 2 years of program costs. 

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

Updated on July 22, 2022 by Lin Zhu.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.8%4.8%10.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 23.2%18.8%24.1%
Total overhead spending 28.0%23.5%34.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 203.7%173.8%78.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,609,4461,755,0081,335,889
Goods in kind 132,103127,179148,918
Government funding 124,212218,38970,000
Fees for service 3,3856,06592,795
Business activities (net) 0073,605
Investment income 132,49063,086169,140
Other income 4,1054,2946,224
Total revenues 2,005,7412,174,0211,896,571
Program costs 1,032,0871,018,9091,433,748
Administrative costs 89,994100,930180,961
Fundraising costs 373,671329,124322,353
Total spending 1,495,7521,448,9631,937,062
Cash flow from operations 509,989725,058(40,491)
Capital spending 152,29230,102(88,662)
Funding reserves 2,615,0262,254,3711,518,661

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 7

Avg. compensation: $78,932

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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