Tropicana Community Services Organization

1385 Huntingwood Drive
Scarborough, ON M1S 3J1
Executive Director: Sharon Shelton
Board President: Jenny Gumbs

Charitable Reg. #: 11925 9885 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - At-Risk Youth
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Social Results Reporting

Grade: B+

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 ]

Program Cost Coverage

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #0

Avg. Compensation $0

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 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Tropicana Community Services Organization:

Founded in 1980, Tropicana Community Services Organization (Tropicana) provides "all youth, newcomers, people of Black and Caribbean heritage and others in need with opportunities and alternatives that lead to positive life choices." It aims to ensure that "all individuals have equal access to opportunities to reach their goals." Tropicana administers over 40 programs and services from 6 separate sites. Its programs fall under six main categories: Counselling, Employment, Education, Day Care, Social/Recreational programming and Life Skills Development.

In F2014, 1,676 individuals and families received counselling through Tropicana's Counselling program. Further, 211 women received supportive counselling and education through the Violence against Women and Children Services.

Tropicana's Jobs For Youth program (representing 52% of spending) placed 203 youths in part-time jobs through its After School program, with 183 remaining in the program. Further, 1,109 youths successfully completed their Tropicana Summer Experience placements, with a 98% satisfaction rate.

In F2014, Tropicana's AYCE Employment Services (representing 30% of spending) provided employment counselling, job search training and job opportunities for over 6,000 clients. 407 AYCE clients secured paid employment, and 18% of AYCE clients returned to school or enrolled in training. Further, more than 602 students were able to find summer employment through the Summer Job Services program.

Tropicana's Pre-School School-Age Centre serves 32 pre-school children and 21 school-aged children between 6 and 10 years old. Further, its Infant/Toddler Centre served 44 clients in F2014. In total, its daycare programs represented 7% of total spending.

Tropicana's Scarborough Youth Resource Center (representing 2% of spending) provides life skills for youths and families. In F2014, the Tropicana Lyve program helped 41 individuals facing barriers find employment, with 35 participants offered ongoing employment. Further, 34 young men took part in the Man Up! mentorship program, with program leaders observing increased participation and communication amongst the participants.

Financial Review:

Tropicana Community Services Organization is a small-cap charity, with donations of $716k in F2015. Donations have fallen 57% since F2014 due to an $857k decrease in United Way funding. The majority of its revenues are generated through government funding, with $11.1m representing 92% of total revenues in F2015. Its administrative costs are 14% of revenues and fundraising costs are 10% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 77 cents is put towards its programs, falling within Ci's reasonable range. The charity has negative funding reservesdue to $1.8m in outstanding long-term bank loans.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Tropicana Community Services Organization. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 27, 2016 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.7%13.5%17.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.5%3.8%6.8%
Program cost coverage (%) (15.2%)(3.9%)1.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6561,5251,077
Government funding 11,06410,4898,335
Fees for service 657982
Business activities (net) 1746
Special events 606561
Investment income 353
Other income 215290286
Total revenues 12,08112,4569,850
Program costs 10,12110,5468,215
Administrative costs 1,6541,6791,718
Fundraising costs 686077
Cash flow from operations 239172(159)
Funding reserves (1,534)(411)136
Note: Ci has adjusted amortization of deferred capital grants and unspent provincial grants affecting revenues by ($28k) in F2015, by $5k in F2014, and by $24k in F2013. Ci has adjusted amortization affecting expenses by ($220k) in F2015, by ($140k) in F2014, and by ($97k) in F2013. Ci was unable to reconcile the management and administration expenses reported in the T3010 of $2m in F2015 with the audited financial statements. The salaries and benefits reported in the audited financial statements also did not reconcile with the reported compensation figures in the T3010. The charity also did not provide the number of full-time employees and the top ten compensation figures in the T3010.  

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