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

Charitable Reg. #:12304 1683 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 71 cents are available for programs.

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About Aunt Leah's Place:

Founded in 1988, Aunt Leah’s Place 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; Housing; Life Skills, Food Security & Health; and Education & Employment. In F2019, the charity worked with 349 people including 76 babies and children, 28 youth under 19, and 245 youth who have aged out.

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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 F2019, 314 people used The Link to access emergency food and clothing, help with resumes and job search, and guidance in finding suitable housing. There were 3,738 meals or grocery hampers and 2,144 transit tickets provided to youth.

In F2019, Aunt Leah’s Place found housing for 201 youth, moms, and children. 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.

Aunt Leah’s offers the Life Skills, Food Security & Health 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 42 youth, moms, and babies. Counsellors delivered 1,037 sessions in F2019, working with 72 individuals.

Through the Education & Employment program, Aunt Leah’s supports youth to find sustainable employment and avoid chronic homelessness. In F2019, Aunt Leah’s distributed over $39,000 to support students in university, college, and shorter vocational training programs. The charity worked with local businesses to find jobs for 36 youth and employs others through its tree sale and thrift shop social enterprises.

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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 education planning program, 58% (57) have graduated or are on track to graduate. From the same group, 31% of participants over 19 years old are enrolled in post-secondary education.

From the 35 mom and kids housed in Aunt Leah’s homes who were at risk of being separated, 94% of moms maintained custody and 92% secured safe housing upon leaving the program. Three months after leaving Aunt Leah’s homes, 93% of participants remained safely housed.

Charity Intelligence has evaluated Aunt Leah’s Place and found the charity to have High demonstrated impact per dollar.

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Impact Rating: High

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Charity Intelligence has consolidated audited financial statements from Aunt Leah’s Place and Aunt Leah’s Foundation for F2018 and F2017. Financial statements for the foundation from F2019 were not available at the time of this report so revenues and overhead costs may be understated, and net funding reserves overstated for F2019.

Aunt Leah’s Place is a medium-sized charity with donations and special events revenue of $1.6m in F2019. The charity received $2.0m in government funding, representing 53% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. For every dollar donated, 71 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Aunt Leah’s has $662k in funding reserves and $114k in interest-bearing debt. Excluding interest-bearing debts and $49k in donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover two months of program costs. Data from F2018 and F2017 show the foundation to have interest-bearing debts significantly larger than liquid assets, producing a negative program cost coverage.

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 July 29, 2019 by Madison Kerr. Results Reporting updated on February 3, 2020 by Katie Khodawandi. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.3%5.3%8.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.9%39.8%28.7%
Total overhead spending 29.2%45.1%36.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 16.8%(27.6%)(32.4%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,132,3421,047,809618,305
Government funding 2,012,9121,763,5901,702,998
Business activities (net) 141,272182,883460,135
Special events 496,598417,167397,473
Investment income 012922
Other income 0228,79684,000
Total revenues 3,783,1243,640,3743,262,933
Program costs 2,971,4142,484,1352,816,132
Administrative costs 126,043194,097267,179
Fundraising costs 421,176583,184291,252
Total spending 3,518,6303,261,4153,374,563
Cash flow from operations 264,492378,959(111,630)
Capital spending 067,137117,289
Funding reserves 548,611(684,631)(912,197)

Note: Ci has adjusted for changes in deferred donations, affecting revenues by $155k in F2019, $156k in F2018, and $21k in F2017. Ci has included endowment contributions, affecting revenues by $49k in F2019. Other income reflects rent collected by the foundation.  Business activities represents sales net of social enterprise expenses in F2019 and F2018, and net of tree lot expenses in F2017, affecting revenues and expenses by ($623k) in F2019, ($532k) in F2018, and ($198k) in F2017. Ci has adjusted program, administrative, and fundraising costs for F2017 using the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Amortization has been removed from fundraising costs for the foundation and from program, administrative, and fundraising costs pro-rata for the operating charity for F2019 and F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 47

Avg. Compensation: $36,312

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 F2018

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