Aunt Leah's Place

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

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

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Results Reporting

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

Cents to the Cause

2016 2017 2018
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: High

Full-time staff #39

Avg. Compensation $41,627

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 F2017

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.

A Charity Intelligence 2018 Top 10 Impact Charity

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). 

Financial Review:

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 Ratios

Fiscal 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 Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 816,709549,4671,024,172
Government funding 579,260628,548298,685
Fees for service 1,164,9701,074,4501,134,611
Business activities (net) 496,770460,135293,235
Special events 417,167397,47321,919
Total revenues 3,474,8763,110,0732,772,622
Program costs 2,925,3412,816,1322,422,999
Administrative costs 300,270267,179217,431
Fundraising costs 112,177140,51193,744
Cash flow from operations 137,088(113,749)38,448
Funding reserves 77,674(35,963)150,676
Note: For F2016, Ci reports business activities as net of the tree lot and thrift store activities, affecting revenues and expenses by ($182k). Due to a restructuring in the charity’s financial statements, F2018 and F2017 business activities are reported as sales less tree lots expense, affecting revenues and expenses by ($218k) in F2018, and ($198k) in F2017. For F2017 and F2016, fundraising expense has been adjusted based on the charity’s T3010.

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