P.O. Box 333
Dartmouth, NS B3A 2N8
Executive Director: Jill Trites
Board Chair: Sara Colbourne

Charitable Reg. #:11929 8693 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]


Audited financial statements available only upon request.



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) 89 cents are available for programs.

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About Alice House:

Alice House is a 3-star charity that is not financially transparent. Its results reporting score is B, which is average. Its overhead spending is within Ci’s reasonable range. Its reserve funds can cover one year and one month of annual program costs. 

Founded in 1983, Alice House (formally Second Stage Housing Association of Dartmouth) serves women and children affected by intimate partner violence through housing, counselling, and support services. It provides longer term housing than most emergency shelters. It also provides programs designed to help women break the cycle of violence. 

The charity operates five main programs. It does not provide a program spending breakdown.  

Its Housing, Advocacy, and Access program operates 18 townhouses and apartment units at 60% below market rate. Clients stay for 18-24 months, sometimes up to 36 months. In F2023, the charity reported housing 29 women and 39 children. 

Its Counselling for Women program follows a holistic approach to addressing trauma. Its sessions focus on safety, courage, and growth. In F2023, the charity reported running 123 one-on-one parent support sessions. 

Its Counselling for Children program supports children aged 4 to 18 years. It heps children to process and heal from witnessing intimate partner violence. In F2023, the charity reported running 239 counselling and play therapy sessions. 

Its Alice on the Go program is a 6-week online course on domestic violence prevention and education. It is designed for women and female-identifying individuals. It helps participants identify warning signs of abusive dynamics. In F2023, the charity reports 71 participants. 

Its Education and Prevention program delivers educational workshops at local schools and universities. These workshops train awareness and early intervention. In F2023, the charity presented to 175 local students and 68 students at Dalhousie Medical School. 


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Results and Impact

In F2023, Alice House reported moving 11 women and 12 children into permanent housing. The charity also supported 62% of its clients in obtaining housing subsidies.  

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Alice House’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r). 

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In F2023, Alice House received $642 in donations and $417 in government funding. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues. Fundraising costs 1% of donations. Total overhead spending is 11%. For every dollar donated, 89 cents are available to go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity has $1.0m in reserve funds. These can cover one year and one month of annual program costs.  

Alice House only posts summarized financial statements on its website and full audited financial statements are only available upon request. As such, Charity Intelligence has not scored Alice House as fully transparent. 

This report is an update that has been sent to Alice House for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.  

Updated June 6, 2024 by Stellar Zhang. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.0%14.0%8.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.7%0.9%0.8%
Total overhead spending 10.7%14.8%9.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 113.1%99.7%105.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 642,101607,736466,862
Government funding 416,677265,616287,202
Fees for service 173,371139,567112,547
Investment income (934)29,24440,186
Total revenues 1,231,2151,042,163906,797
Program costs 892,876818,439742,161
Administrative costs 123,077141,35170,757
Fundraising costs 4,7765,1433,820
Total spending 1,020,729964,933816,738
Cash flow from operations 210,48677,23090,059
Capital spending 26,77327,5377,868
Funding reserves 1,010,032815,725783,636

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred revenue, affecting revenues by ($59k) in F2023, ($14k) in F2022, and ($75k) in F2021. Ci adjusted program costs to account for amortization, affecting total expenses by ($16k) in F2023, ($15k) in F2022, and ($12k) in F2021. Ci reported government funding from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA and removed the revenue from donations. Within government funding, Ci adjusted for long-term grants, affecting it by $21k in F2023 and $nil in F2022 and F2021. Ci adjusted for the amortization of these deferred grants, affecting government funding by ($9k) in F2023, ($10k) in F2022, and ($6k) in F2021. The charity’s audited financials do not allocate salaries and wages expense to program, administrative, or fundraising costs. Ci allocated total salaries and wages of $623k in F2023, $579k in F2022, $540k in F2021 to program costs. Ci reported Rental expenses under program costs, affecting it by $34k in F2023 ($nil in F2022 and F2021). 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 13

Avg. compensation: $47,948

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 F2023

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.alicehouse.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001