Youth Fusion/Fusion Jeunesse

6708 Saint Hubert Street
Montreal, QC H2S 2M6
Founder: Gabriel Bran-Lopez
Board Chair: Jacques Ménard

Charitable Reg. #: 84585 0858 RR0001
Sector: Education
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B-

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.

Impact Rating: Fair

Full-time staff #37

Avg. Compensation $48,653

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 8
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Youth Fusion/Fusion Jeunesse:

Founded in 2009 in Montreal, Youth Fusion aims to lower high school dropout rates by creating closer links between schools and the community. The charity works closely with schools, businesses and university graduates to create projects for students in 11 different fields including Arts and Culture, Environmental Design and Robotics. It reports that each week it works with 15,000 youth in over 250 schools in rural, urban and Indigenous communities.

Youth Fusion’s largest program areas in terms of spending are Leadership Projects in Inuit and First Nations Communities (34%), the Robotics Program (31%), and Healthy Living Projects (6%). Its Leadership program helps students in Aboriginal communities become role models for their peers and promote community involvement. The program is offered at 17 schools in communities from James Bay to Nunavik, and the charity reports that the project reaches 1,785 at-risk youth. Youth Fusion also offers a Robotics program through their partner, FIRST Robotics Quebec, which provides students ages 9 to 14 the opportunity to explore the world of engineering and science.

Youth Fusion’s programs are designed and run by recently-graduated university students. The students work with at-risk students between 10 and 30 hours a week for the entirety of the school year. The charity states that it works with businesses operating in industries tied to the projects, bringing in employees as mentors and presenting opportunities in the industry to students.

Charity Intelligence has reviewed Youth Fusion since 2011 and found it to be a consistently high-rated charity delivering high charity impact. Youth Fusion is of interest to donors looking to support at-risk youth graduating from high school and education for Canada's First Nation youth.

Results and Impact: Youth Fusion reported that their Healthy Living project has made 84% of Aboriginal youth believe they are more active and healthier. It also reported that 75% of their FIRST Robotics graduates have found jobs in a field related to science, technology or math. Charity Intelligence gave Youth Fusion an impact rating of Fair for proven impact per dollar (see impact grid on the bottom right).

Financial Review:

Youth Fusion is considered a medium-sized charity with donations of $4.2m in F2017. Its fundraising and administrative costs together represent 15% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, $0.85 goes towards the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range. Youth Fusion has funding reserves of $1.0m which can cover less than 3 months of program costs, indicating a need for donations.

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

Updated May 14, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 14.5%14.0%13.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 20.5%25.5%6.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 4,226,5183,767,2814,259,289
Government funding 1,798,6761,194,729265,792
Total revenues 6,025,1944,962,0104,525,081
Program costs 5,103,9774,205,4343,878,429
Fundraising & administrative costs 870,963692,211591,390
Other costs 3,439887855
Cash flow from operations 46,81563,47854,407
Funding reserves 1,046,6581,072,148234,779
Note: Ci adjusted for total deferred donations (net of government funding), affecting total revenues by ($0.1m) in F2017, $1.0m in F2016, ($0.1m) in F2015.

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