601 Burlington St. E., Unit A
Hamilton, ON L8L 4J5
Executive Director: Rev. Todd Bender
Board Chair: Cathy O'Donnell

Charitable Reg. #:89498 2479 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 87 cents are available for programs.

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About CityKidz:

Founded in 1993, CityKidz is a Christian charity that works to develop supportive relationships with children and youth from low-income communities in Hamilton. It has smaller branches in Regina and Ottawa which do similar activities, but they are separate charities. CityKidz reports that 26,000 children in Hamilton live in poverty, representing 20% of the city’s youthThe charity aims to provide the necessary love, guidance, and support so that children can escape poverty.

CityKidz typically operates Saturday programs for kids aged 3-11 during eight months of the year. Hosted in the charity’s Studio Theatre, kids are taught that they are loved by God, how to choose what is right, and that they can dream big. Meals are distributed to children attending Saturday programming. The charity’s iconic red busses pick kids up and bring them to the theatre because many would otherwise have no transportation. In covid-19 this program could not run as usual, so the charity replaced it with gatherings in city parks and a website of faith-based activities. 

During the week, CityKidz visits children at home with teams of employees, volunteers, and CityKidz graduates. These visits have always been an important part of City Kidz’ programming because they strengthen individual relationships between the kids and volunteers. During covid-19, these visits partially replaced the big Saturday activities. In F2020, the charity’s volunteers ran weekly “pop-up programming” for 1,845 kids during home visits. 

In addition to helping with home visits, CityKidz graduates may participate in the CityYouth program to develop leadership skills. In F2020, 82 members of the youth program gathered for games and pizza parties in parks as a replacement for normal CityYouth events. 

Some graduates of CityYouth become Weston Family Scholars. In F2020, nine new post-secondary students and six new grade 11 and 12 students were selected for the scholarship. In total, 24 students got scholarships in F2020.  

CityKidz also runs a mentorship program where high school students learn about budgeting, resume writing, and other important life skills. In F2020, this program had 55 participants. 

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Results and Impact

Using a childhood wellbeing survey developed by the University of Kansas Lawrence, CityKidz has consistently found that 76% of its participants have a positive attitude and hope. 

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

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CityKidz received donations of $2.0m in F2020. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 7% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 13%. For every dollar donated, 87 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

CityKidz has $1.4m in funding reserves which could cover program costs for ten months. 

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

Updated on July 12, 2021 by Asha McMullin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.2%6.5%7.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.2%10.2%10.2%
Total overhead spending 13.4%16.7%17.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 85.5%48.7%59.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,028,0501,924,1572,149,639
Goods in kind 28,63924,75815,985
Government funding 483,19100
Business activities (net) 003,000
Special events 0047,651
Investment income 001,254
Other income 64,032108,97318,487
Total revenues 2,603,9122,057,8882,236,016
Program costs 1,643,0471,629,9151,531,346
Grants 19,35022,22525,150
Administrative costs 160,248134,368168,019
Fundraising costs 146,837195,710224,265
Other costs 0014,526
Total spending 1,969,4821,982,2181,963,306
Cash flow from operations 634,43075,670272,710
Capital spending 17,621118,235478,311
Funding reserves 1,421,218804,572919,137

Note: Ci has included the covid-19 federal wage subsidy under government revenue, increasing revenues by $466k in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 30

Avg. compensation: $35,908

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.citykidz.ca
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