Yellow Brick House
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1L9
Executive Director: Lorris Herenda
Board Chair: Rehana Doobay
Charitable Reg. #: 11910 5187 RR0001
Grade: C+The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Full-time staff #42
Avg. Compensation $65,991
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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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.
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 RatiosFiscal 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 StatementsAll figures in $s
|Cash flow from operations||(190,194)||120,396||990,643|