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) 74 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. 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 gives youth the skills and support they need in order to live independently. By giving housing and guidance to young mothers, the charity reduces the number of children entering the foster care system. Aunt Leah’s runs four major programs: Housing; Life Skills, Food Security & Health, and Education & Employment. These all operate under the umbrella program “The Link”, meaning that vulnerable people get access to all these programs when they are supported by Aunt Leah’s.  

In F2019, the charity worked with 351 people including 70 babies and children, 15 youth under 19, and 266 youth who aged out of foster care. An estimated 60-80% of the people Aunt Leah’s Place works with have First Nations backgrounds. 

The Link is 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 F2020, 330 people used The Link to access emergency food and clothing, help with resumes and job search, and guidance in finding suitable housing. Aunt Leah’s provided 3,376 meals and grocery hampers and 2,203 transit tickets to youth. These numbers are all increases from previous years. 

In F2020, Aunt Leah’s Place found housing for 197 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 children. 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 programs to give youth the 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, culturally relevant, nutritious meals. Healthcare is provided by a nurse practitioner who visits weekly, caring for 47 youth, moms, and babies. Counsellors delivered 1,658 sessions in F2020, working with 75 people. 

Through the Education & Employment program, Aunt Leah’s helps youth find sustainable employment and avoid chronic homelessness. In F2020, Aunt Leah’s distributed over $59,000 to support 45 students in university, college, and shorter vocational training programs. The charity worked with local businesses to find jobs for 14 youth and employed 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 population's graduation rate is over 80%. Of the students supported by Aunt Leah’s education planning program, 51% (53) 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. 

Aunt Leah’s homes housed 25 moms who were at risk of being separated from their kids, 92% of moms maintained custody and 98% secured safe housing upon leaving the program. Three months after leaving Aunt Leah’s homes, 92% of housing program participants remained safely housed. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Aunt Leah’s Place’s results and impact. 

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


Impact Rating: Good

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Charity Intelligence has consolidated Aunt Leah’s Place and Aunt Leah’s Foundation in the following financial analysis. 

Aunt Leah’s Place received donations and special events revenue of $2.5m in F2021. The charity received $2.9m in government funding, representing 54% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues and fundraising costs are 22% of donations. This gives total overhead spending of 26%. For every dollar donated, 74 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Aunt Leah’s has $1.9m in funding reserves and $1.7m in interest-bearing debt. Most interest-bearing debt is held by the foundation. This results in net funding reserves of $223k. Excluding $50k in donor-endowed funds, the charity’s net funding reserves could cover less than a month of program costs. 

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 25, 2021 by Asha McMullin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.6%3.6%6.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 21.7%16.4%25.2%
Total overhead spending 26.3%20.0%31.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 3.6%(10.0%)(13.6%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,5202,2411,174
Government funding 2,9112,1322,013
Business activities (net) 14182141
Special events 1,078858497
Other income 228235219
Total revenues 5,7525,6484,044
Program costs 4,7383,7123,068
Administrative costs 262204270
Fundraising costs 564507421
Total spending 5,5644,4233,759
Cash flow from operations 1881,226286
Capital spending 72227166
Funding reserves 223(320)(367)

Note: Ci has adjusted for changes in deferred donations, affecting revenues by ($467k) in F2021, $657k in F2020, and $155k in F2019. Ci has included endowment contributions, affecting revenues by $49k in F2019. Business activities represents sales net of social enterprise expenses, affecting revenues and expenses by ($655k) in F2021, ($632k) in F2020, and ($623k) in F2019. Amortization has been removed from fundraising costs for the foundation and from program, administrative, and fundraising costs pro-rata for the operating charity.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 58

Avg. compensation: $46,763

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 F2020

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Charity Contact

Website: www.auntleahs.org
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