Aunt Leah's

816 20th Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 4W6
Executive Director: Gail Stewart
Board Chair: Christine Baerg

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 #38

Avg. Compensation $34,244

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 6
< $40k 4
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Aunt Leah's:

Founded in 1988, Aunt Leah’s aims to help prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless. In BC, research shows that almost 50% of teens who have aged-out of the foster care system experience homelessness. The charity bridges this gap by providing housing, job training, and coaching on essential skills. Aunt Leah’s also works with mothers in need, helping them keep custody of their children.


Aunt Leah’s housing program provides supported housing for pregnant and parenting teen moms, with priority given to aboriginal moms. Aunt Leah’s Threshold program provides housing for moms recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, and those at risk of losing their babies to the foster care system. In F2015, it cared for 26 mothers and children. Aunt Leah’s HELPS program provides housing subsidies to former foster children. In F2015, Aunt Leah’s housed 76 participants in all housing programs, with 31 participants of Aboriginal descent.

Aunt Leah’s job training program provides food service training that helps participants develop employment and lifeskills. In F2015, it trained 22 moms through 48 cooking classes, producing 360 meals. Aunt Leah’s also provides a retail training program that teaches participants the basic skills needed to obtain a job in the field. In F2015, 9 youths were trained over 430 training hours.

Aunt Leah’s Essential Skills program provides a series of workshops to teach participants practical skills, and give them tools to make healthy choices and plan for the future. In F2015, 691 program attendees took part in 49 workshops. Aunt Leah’s The Link program provides participants with a support worker who can help them look for employment, educational opportunities, and learn practical skills. In F2015, 134 participants engaged in 1,344 one-on-one meetings, with 81% maintaining safe independent housing.

Financial Review:

Aunt Leah’s is a medium-sized charity with donations of $1.4m in F2015. Its administrative costs are 7% of donations and its fundraising costs are 20% of donations. For every $1 donated to Aunt Leah’s, 73 cents is put towards its programs, falling within Ci's reasonable range. Aunt Leah’s has negative funding reserves due to a $749k mortgage, showing 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 May 24, 2016 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.3%7.2%11.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.0%22.5%19.4%
Program cost coverage (%) (31%)(37.4%)(37.7%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,425,5281,302,3511,055,252
Government funding 194,409157,1510
Fees for service 1,075,2831,042,1951,136,854
Total revenues 2,695,2202,501,6972,192,106
Program costs 1,985,1961,783,4941,690,020
Administrative costs 196,319179,592245,133
Fundraising costs 284,993293,427204,768
Cash flow from operations 228,712245,18452,185
Funding reserves (615,438)(667,331)(636,561)
Note: The 2014 statements found in the F2015 audited financial statements do not match the 2014 statements found in the F2014 audited financial statements. Ci has used the 2014 numbers from the F2015 statements and the 2013 numbers from the F2014 statements in this profile. Ci has adjusted grossed-up fundraising costs affecting revenues by $173k in F2015, by $205k in F2014, and by $168k in F2013. Ci has adjusted amortization and grossed-up fundraising costs affecting expenses by $92k in F2015, by $187k in F2014, and by $159k in F2013.

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