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Child Development Institute

197 Euclid Ave.
Toronto, ON M6J 2J8
CEO: Tony Diniz
Board President: Karen Mann

Charitable Reg. #: 11929 2795 RC0002
Sector: Social Services - At-Risk Youth
Operating Charity

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]

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.

Full-time staff #214

Avg. Compensation $60,877

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 6
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Child Development Institute:

Founded in 2004, Child Development Institute (CDI) was formed by merging the Crèche and Earlscourt child and family centres in Toronto. CDI is a mental health agency which offers programming for kids under 18. Over 70% of mental health problems start in childhood and mental illness affects approximately 1.2 million Canadian children. By treating illness early, CDI hopes to avoid negative social, economic, physical, and mental outcomes in adulthood.

CDI reports using evidence-informed programs which are grouped into four categories: Early Intervention Services, Family Violence Services, Integra Program, and Health Child Development. Within these groups, smaller programs work with schools, families, and directly with children to improve behavior, learning, relationships, and mental health. One of CDI’s largest programs, SNAP, teaches kids and parents to stop and think when angry, improving self-control and emotion regulation. CDI organizes Mindful Martial Arts and Integra Young Warriors for kids to do mixed martial arts in school or during the evenings.

Child Development Institute reports helping over 3,000 children and families in F2018. Based on this information, program cost per child is approximately $6,500. In comparison, CDI reports a cost of $110k per year for one youth in custody and a cost to society of $1.1m per career criminal.  

Results and Impact: Child Development Institute reports that 75% of kids who are in trouble with the law before age 12 are likely to commit more offenses. Of SNAP graduates, 68% do not have a criminal record by the age of 19.

Dr. Karen Milligan at Ryerson University has conducted research and found that mixed martial arts improves focus and self-regulation, and decreases anxiety.

Financial Review:

Financial analysis consolidates the financial statements of CDI and the CDI Foundation.

Child Development Institute is categorized as a medium-sized charity, with donations of $2.0m in F2018. Revenue from fees for childcare was $5.3m in F2018, representing 25% of total revenue. CDI received $12.7m in government funding, 60% of total revenue.  

Fundraising and administrative costs are 3% of revenues. For every $1 donated, 97 cents go to the cause, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range. Charities with such low reported overhead costs may be improperly allocating fundraising and administrative costs to programming.

CDI has $8.2m in funding reserves, of which $466k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, reserves could cover CDI’s programming for 5 months.

Updated June 25, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 3.4%3.6%3.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 42.0%42.7%44.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,0221,3202,618
Government funding 12,70311,10110,235
Fees for service 5,3035,4465,236
Investment income 293158(24)
Other income 9091,260897
Total revenues 21,23019,28518,962
Program costs 19,50218,64216,880
Fundraising & administrative costs 720686708
Cash flow from operations 1,007(42)1,373
Funding reserves 8,1837,9517,531
Note: Ci removed transfers to and from the Foundation and Institute and rental expense paid by CDI to the Foundation. Ci adjusted for unrealized losses, affecting revenues by $87k in F2018, ($506k) in F2017, and $73k in F2016. Adjustments were made regarding deferred revenue, affecting revenues by $272k in F2018, ($274k) in F2017, and $844k in F2016.

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