Aunt Leah's Place
New Westminster, BC V3M 4W6
Executive Director: Sarah Stewart
Board Chair: Omar Kassis
Charitable Reg. #: 12304 1683 RR0001
Grade: AThe grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Impact Rating: High
Full-time staff #39
Avg. Compensation $41,627
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About Aunt Leah's Place:
Founded in 1988, Aunt Leah’s Place (Aunt Leah’s) works to prepare youth in foster care for living independently and helps women in need to avoid losing custody of their children. When youth turn 19 they ‘age out’ of the foster care system and can no longer access financial and social support from the government. Approximately 84% of youth aging out have experienced neglect and may not have been taught basic life skills such as budgeting, cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry. Aunt Leah’s Place works to provide youth with the skills and support that are necessary for a young adult to live independently. By providing housing and guidance to young mothers, the charity works to reduce the number of children entering the foster care system. Aunt Leah’s runs four major programs: The Link, Life Skills & Food Security, Housing, and Education & Employment. In F2018, the charity worked with 345 people including 96 babies and children, 41 youth under 19, and 208 youth who have aged out.
The Link is described as the umbrella program for all of Aunt Leah’s services and supports. Transition workers help youth to access support at Aunt Leah’s and in the wider community. In F2018, 304 people used The Link to access emergency food and clothing, help with resumes and job search, and guidance in finding suitable housing. There were 3,333 meals or groceries and 1,760 transit tickets provided to youth.
Aunt Leah’s offers the Life Skills & Food Security program to give youth the resources and skills needed to live independently. Community workshops, creative activities, and counselling are available every Wednesday and Sunday. A 12-week cooking program teaches young moms how to prepare inexpensive, nutritious meals. Healthcare is provided by a nurse practitioner who visits weekly, caring for 26 youth, moms, and babies.
In F2018, Aunt Leah’s Place found housing for 185 youth, moms, and children including 42 individuals who lived in homes operated by Aunt Leah's. The charity runs three homes, one that houses teen moms in foster care and two for adult moms at risk of losing custody of their child. The Housing program also works to connect youth with private landlords in the Vancouver area and provides housing subsidies to former foster kids who are pursuing an education.
Through the Education & Employment program, Aunt Leah’s supports youth to find sustainable employment and avoid chronic homelessness. In F2018, Aunt Leah’s distributed over $38,000 to support students in university, college, and shorter vocational training programs. The charity worked with local businesses to find jobs for 13 youth and employed three through its own programs.
Results and Impact: Aunt Leah’s Place reports that between 20% and 40% of youth in foster care graduate high school, while the average graduation rate is over 80%. Of the students supported by Aunt Leah’s programs, 64% (60) have graduated or are on track to graduate. From the same group, 18% of participants over 19 years old are enrolled in post-secondary education.
From the moms housed in Aunt Leah’s homes who were at risk of losing custody of their children, 80% maintained custody and 92% secured safe housing upon leaving the program. Three months after leaving Aunt Leah’s homes, 83% of participants remained safely housed.
Charity Intelligence has evaluated Aunt Leah’s Place and found the charity to have High impact per dollar (see image in lower right).
Aunt Leah’s Place is a medium-sized charity with donations and special events revenue of $1.2m in F2018. The charity received $1.2m in fees for service, representing 34% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 9% of donations. For every $1 donated, 82 cents go to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. However, fundraising costs for F2018 may be understated because the charity’s T3010 for F2018 was not yet available at the time of writing this report.
Aunt Leah's has $78k in funding reserves, consisting of $241k in cash equivalents and $163k in interest-bearing liabilities. Funding reserves could cover program costs for less than one month, indicating a need for funding.
This charity report is an update that has been sent to Aunt Leah’s Place for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on August 1, 2018 by Madison Kerr.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending March
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||8.6%||8.6%||7.8%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||9.1%||14.8%||9.0%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||2.7%||(1.3%)||6.2%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $s
|Fees for service||1,164,970||1,074,450||1,134,611|
|Business activities (net)||496,770||460,135||293,235|
|Cash flow from operations||137,088||(113,749)||38,448|