1280 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3N9
CEO: Deb Lester
Board Chair: Allan Seckel

Charitable Reg. #:89767 5625 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 66 cents are available for programs.

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About Covenant House Vancouver:

Covenant House Vancouver is a 2-star charity with low demonstrated impact. It has a B Results Reporting grade, which is average. For every dollar donated to the charity, 66 cents are available to go to the cause, which is just within Ci's reasonable range.

Founded in 1997, Covenant House Vancouver (CHV) supports homeless youth in Vancouver by serving their basic needs and helping them build a strong future. The charity states that since 2020, homelessness in Metro Vancouver increased by 32%. The demand for CHV’s services increased by 30% from F2022 to F2023. Covenant House Vancouver has three main programs: Shelter and Crisis Care, Rights of Passage, and Outreach/Community Support Services. In F2023, it served an average of 124 youths per day, three more than in F2022. Its head office is in Vancouver, BC. Covenant House Vancouver spent $17.1m on its programs in F2023 (including amortization).

Covenant House Vancouver’s Crisis Program received 53% of program spend in F2023 ($9.0m). CHV’s Crisis Program provides short-term accommodation for youth to stay, free of charge, for as long as they need to. In F2023 the average length of stay was 96 days, two times more than in F2022. The Crisis Program has a 100% occupancy rate in F2023.

Covenant House Vancouver’s Rights of Passage program received 21% of program spend ($3.6m) in F2023. Right of Passage is a long-term program that provides youth with safe, affordable housing as they transition to independent living. Right of Passage is currently under renovation. The new facility will increase the amount of beds from 25 to 44. CHV expects Right of Passage to open in spring 2024. The charity changed its staffing policy with the renovations. Staff will have consistent schedules rather than rotating to help build a sense of routine and foster a deeper connection with youth. The charity will also add a Community Transition Coordinator who will support youth in their preparation for transition.

Covenant House Vancouver’s Outreach/Community Support Services (CSS) program received 21% of program spend ($3.5m) in F2023. CHV’s Drop-In Centre provides youth with a place to rest, have a warm meal, do laundry, and have a shower. CHV’s workers connected with youth 14,933 times and provided 999 mental health support sessions in F2023. The charity’s Outreach team meets youth where they are to provide support. CHV’s Outreach staff connected with 462 youth in F2023. In F2023 CHV increased the accessibility of its Drop-In Centre to better meet the needs of youth. CHV opened its Drop-In Centre earlier and youth can now access services like clothing, food, and referrals seven days a week. CHV extended its food services to also serve throughout the day at the Drop-In Centre. Due to these changes, youth stay at the Drop-In Centre longer and return more frequently than before.

The remaining 5% (941k) was spent on Public Education and the Foundations Program.

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Results and Impact

Across all Covenant House Vancouver’s programs, 95% of youth reported that CHV helped them.

In F2023, Covenant House Vancouver reported a 10% increase in youth transitioning to stable housing.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of the charity’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Covenant House Vancouver a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Covenant House Vancouver received $19.7m in donations and special events revenue in F2023. The charity also received $24k in international donations. CHV spent $14.9m on its programs in F2023, which is 75% of total donations.

Administrative costs are 8% of revenue (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. Total overhead spending is 34%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 66 cents go to the cause, which is just within Ci’s reasonable range.

Covenant House Vancouver has $15.4m in reserve funds. Its reserve can cover 103% or one year of its annual program costs.

CHV’s $18.2m in investments in F2022 returned $651k in investment income in F2023, at a 4% rate of return. Over the past six years, CHV’s investments returned an average of 2%.

CHV has committed $597k in funding over the next four years, of which $522k is committed in F2024.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Covenant House Vancouver for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on February 13, 2024 by Liam Chapleau

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.5%5.2%7.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.1%23.9%24.6%
Total overhead spending 33.7%29.1%32.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 103.3%139.5%153.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 19,50019,73920,131
International donations 24530
Government funding 1,4411,369892
Special events 179287159
Investment income 651162323
Other income 1,96512,9061,689
Total revenues 23,76034,51523,194
Program costs 14,86213,78012,425
Administrative costs 1,7431,7971,740
Fundraising costs 5,1414,7854,990
Total spending 21,74620,36119,155
Cash flow from operations 2,01414,1544,039
Capital spending 3,80913,21514,784
Funding reserves 15,36019,22019,088

Note: Ci included deferred contributions within other revenue, as the source was not identified, affecting revenue by $667k in F2023, $12.7m in F2022, and $1.5m in F2021. Ci removed amortization from the relevant programs according to the financial notes and removed the rest from administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 198

Avg. compensation: $78,420

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

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Charity Contact

Website: www.covenanthousebc.org
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