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Yellow Brick House

52 West Beaver Creek Road, Unit 4
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1L9
Executive Director: Lorris Herenda
Board Chair: Rehana Doobay

Charitable Reg. #: 11910 5187 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Women
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: C+

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 available only through official request for information from Canada Revenue Agency [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #42

Avg. Compensation $65,991

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Yellow Brick House:

Founded in 1978, Yellow Brick House (YBH), formally known as Project Hostel, is a place for women and children in York Region subjected to violence and abuse. The charity reports that 1 in 4 women in York region experience abuse. YBH helps women and children dealing with multiple forms of abuse, including physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, financial, and spiritual. YBH provides four core services: emergency shelter, transitional housing, outreach services and public education. Yellow Brick House reports helping 5,581 women and children across all its programs in 2015.

Yellow Brick House runs two emergency shelters that offer safe places for women and children fleeing abusive situations.  Combined, the shelters have 41 beds and 10 cribs. Yellow Brick House took 257 women and 118 children into its shelters in 2015.

Reta’s Place, a transitional housing apartment, offers housing units to women and children transitioning from emergency shelter to independent living. The apartment contains 8 units, 7 of which are 2-bedroom suites. Yellow Brick House reports helping 414 women in 2015 through this program.

Outreach services offer programs to women and children in various stages of their abusive situation.  The charity’s Crisis Line is a 24/7 emergency helpline for women in immediate danger. YBH answered 2,596 crisis calls in 2015. During the year, 1,592 women accessed legal services offered by YBH and 263 children benefitted from Child Services programs.

Public Education programs raise awareness of the prevalence and devastating effects of domestic violence, and reinforces YBH's community presence so that those affected know where to turn for help. The charity reports reaching 3,128 York students through its Public Education programs in 2015.

Financial Review:

Yellow Brick House is a medium-sized charity with donations of $1.1m in F2016. The charity is heavily supported by the government, with government funding of $2.5m making up 69% of total revenues in F2016. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues and fundraising costs are 13% of donations. Per dollar donated to Yellow Brick House, $0.84 goes to its programs, which falls well within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity’s funding reserves of $763k can cover only 21% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

Yellow Brick House uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. The charity reports paying $3k to external fundraisers that collected $523 on behalf of the charity in F2016, producing an external fundraising cost ratio of 559%. While it is not a significant source of funding, per dollar donated to external fundraisers, YBH pays $5.59. Donating directly to Yellow Brick House is a more effective way of ensuring donor dollars go towards the charity’s programs.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Yellow Brick House. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 23, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.1%2.5%2.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.1%4.3%4.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 21.3%28.8%34.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,076,2601,227,2661,969,463
Government funding 2,522,6902,621,0812,959,062
Other income 53,98331,75473,753
Total revenues 3,652,9333,880,1015,002,278
Program costs 3,588,5113,610,6893,791,075
Grants 13500
Administrative costs 113,34396,022125,168
Fundraising costs 141,13852,99481,778
Other costs 0013,614
Cash flow from operations (190,194)120,396990,643
Funding reserves 763,1161,040,6481,312,448
Note: Ci gathered F2016 and F2015 expense figures from the charity’s T3010A CRA filing and backed out amortization on a pro-rata basis from program, administrative and fundraising costs. The charity’s F2014 T3010A CRA filing did not break down expenses into program, administrative and fundraising costs – Ci allocated line items from the audited financials as appropriate. Ci reported amortization of deferred capital contributions in donations and adjusted for changes in deferred capital contributions, affecting donations by $108k in F2016, ($61k) in F2015 and $344k in F2014.

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