Aunt Leah's

816 20th Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 4W6
Executive Director: Sarah Stewart
Board Chair: Omar Kassis

Website: www.auntleahs.org
Charitable Reg. #: 12304 1683 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - At-Risk Youth
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

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

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

Full-time staff #32

Avg. Compensation $44,175

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 10
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Aunt Leah's:

Founded in 1988, Aunt Leah’s works to help prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless, and help mothers at risk of losing custody of their children. The charity states that every year, over 700 youth in BC ‘age out’ of the foster care system when they turn 19 – they no longer receive social, emotional and financial support from the government. As a result, roughly half of these youth experience homelessness, less than a third graduate high school, and most rely on income assistance. Aunt Leah’s bridges this gap by running four major programs: Housing; Life Skills, Food Security & Health; Education & Employment; and the Link. In F2017, Aunt Leah’s served a total of 292 people: 55 babies and children, 46 youth under the age of 19, and 191 adults. The charity reports that 80% of these participants are not in safe, secure housing.

Aunt Leah’s five Housing programs offer supported housing to clients. Aunt Leah’s House helps pregnant and parenting teen moms, with priority given to aboriginal moms. Thresholds House helps moms recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, and those at risk of losing their babies to the foster care system. In F2017, it cared for 25 mothers and children, of which 93% of mothers secured safe housing and maintained custody of their children after exiting the program. Support Link offers transitional housing for teenagers in foster care who want to live independently. In F2017, 40 youth accessed this program, of which 75% secured safe housing three months after aging out of government care. The Link: Housing First program enables youth at risk of homelessness to access immediate permanent housing, and helped 19 youth secure housing in F2017. Through the Friendly Landlord Network, youth currently transitioning out of government care can rent suites from a network of homeowners and property managers in metropolitan Vancouver. In F2017, eight youth were housed through this program. Across all Housing programs, Aunt Leah’s housed 124 youth, mothers and children in F2017. The charity also reports that 83% of all clients in residential housing programs maintained housing three months after leaving a residential program.

Aunt Leah’s Education & Employment programs include Supporting Education for Foster Youth (SEFFY), which helps current and former foster youth with long-term education planning. The program had 116 participants in F2017, of which 59% are on track to graduate the program and 36% of those participants aged 19 and older are now enrolled in post-secondary education. Employment programs train youth so that they can develop their employable skills. Bootstraps, an employment program Aunt Leah’s introduced in F2016, had 12 participants in F2017 and a 75% program graduation rate. The charity also reports a 58% post program employment and education rate.

Aunt Leah’s Life Skills programs help people learn how to handle living on their own by running educational and hands-on workshops that give them tools to make healthy choices and plan for the future. In F2017, total attendance was 737, up 31% from the year before. The charity ran 52 workshops.

Aunt Leah’s job training program provides food service training that helps participants develop employment and life skills. Aunt Leah’s also provides a retail training program that teaches participants the basic skills needed to obtain a job in the field.

The Link is the umbrella program for Aunt Leah’s services. It connects youth 19 and older with housing, food security, life skills, social capital, education and employment opportunities. The program helped 250 people in F2017, up 23% from the year before. Of these clients, 80% were housed during the year. 

Financial Review:

Aunt Leah’s is a medium-sized charity with donations and special events fundraising of $1.2m in F2017. Administrative costs are 9% of donations and its fundraising costs are 20% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.71 goes toward its programs, which falls within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. Aunt Leah’s holds negative funding reserves – interest-bearing debts exceed liquid assets – indicating a strong need for funding. 

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Aunt Leah’s. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 10, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
201720162015
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.5%7.8%5.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.4%9.0%20.0%
Program cost coverage (%) (1.4%)6.2%(30.1%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
201720162015
Donations 984,0741,024,172995,232
Government funding 301,939298,685194,409
Fees for service 1,180,9051,134,6111,075,283
Business activities (net) 389,257293,2350
Special events 172,06621,919430,297
Total revenues 3,028,2412,772,6222,695,221
Program costs 2,649,5972,422,9992,045,685
Administrative costs 256,943217,431135,830
Fundraising costs 235,45093,744284,993
Cash flow from operations (113,749)38,448228,713
Funding reserves (35,964)150,676(615,438)
Note: Ci reported Tree Lots and Thrift Store revenues net of direct expenses in business activities. Ci reported fundraising and project revenues gross of direct costs. Direct costs related to Skills Link and Other events are included in fundraising costs, while direct costs related to BC Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy Funding are included in program costs.

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