Choices for Youth

261 Duckworth Street
St. John's, NL A1C 1G9
Executive Director: Sheldon Pollett
Board Chair: Jonathan Duke

Charitable Reg. #: 13088 9942 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - At-Risk Youth
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: A

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Most recent audited financial statements available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #61

Avg. Compensation $60,028

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 9
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Choices for Youth:

Choices For Youth's (CFY) main focus is to provide young people with adequate, stable, and age-appropriate support systems during a transition period in their lives. This involves employing a "Harm Reduction" philosophy where youth are met and accepted regardless of what choices they are currently making. CFY combines a supportive housing environment with on-site educational opportunities and employment preparation and training. CFY serves over 1000 youth each year.

Supportive housing programs include the Shelter for Young Men, the Lilly House, and Rally Haven. The Shelter for Young Men provides an emergency safe place for young men who are homeless. The Lilly house, a 14-unit affordable housing facility modeled after Eva's Phoenix, offers 14 youth up to one year of housing, allowing for focus on education and employment. It provided housing for 21 residents in 2014. The RallyHaven program provides long-term supportive housing to youth at-risk of homelessness. This program housed 11 youth in 2014, and CFY is currently building 6 new affordable housing units.

In addition, CFY has outreach & youth engagement programs, including Jumpstart, Momma Moments, and Youth in Transitions. The charity recently added the Momma Moments program, which supported 42 young mothers with housing, education and employment. In 2014 CFY’s intensive support program, Moving Forward, helped 17 youth experiencing complex mental health issues. As a result of this program, 75% of participants were able to secure stable housing. CFY also offers employment-training programs for youth through its Train for Trades program.

Financial Review:

In F2014 administrative costs were 16% of revenues. Fundraising costs are not broken out in the charity’s audited financial statements or in its CRA T3010 filing. Funding reserves of $1.1m only cover 23% of annual program costs.

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

Updated August 24, 2015 by Zoe Best.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.0%12.2%12.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 23.0%46.3%-0.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 931337156
Government funding 4,7204,7724,835
Business activities (net) 237229185
Investment income 401413
Other income 349269321
Total revenues 6,2775,6215,510
Program costs 4,6074,6014,504
Administrative costs 1,000683657
Cash flow from operations 671337349
Funding reserves 1,0582,130(9)

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