180 Shaw Street, Suite 201
Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
Executive Director: Rudy Ruttimann
Board Chair: Goodwin Gibson

Charitable Reg. #: 85912 8332 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - At-Risk Youth
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

Grade: A

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

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #22

Avg. Compensation $49,246

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 10
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015


Founded in 1996, SKETCH is a Toronto community arts initiative that seeks to provide creative programs for homeless or at-risk youth. SKETCH’s mission is to “create opportunities for young people (ages 16 to 29) living street involved, homeless or otherwise on the margins, to experience the transformative power of the arts; to build leadership and economic self-sufficiency in the arts; and to cultivate social and environmental change through the arts.” SKETCH’s programs aim to improve its clients’ well-being, while teaching practical and transferrable life skill.

SKETCH provides studio space, materials, and instructors to its participants. It helps its young people engage with the arts community through art promotion, exhibition and sale of artwork, connections to mentors and education support.

SKETCH has a three-point engagement strategy, with the goal to engage 1,500 young people living on the margins through art by 2018. The first point of the strategy involves Arts Engage activities that allow young people to re-discover the arts and form connections. Then the Arts Incubator follows, helping young people develop skills, ideas and a community. Finally, the Arts Platform develops leadership abilities, and connects young people with educational or employment prospects.

In F2015, SKETCH had over 870 participants and 7,786 total visits to its programs. In 2013, SKETCH conducted an Arts Engagement study to measure the impact of the arts on several dimensions. The study found that there was a significant correlation between increased arts engagement and increased quality of life, increased physical well-being, increased psychological well-being and increased social relationships.

Financial Review:

SKETCH is a small-cap charity, with donations of $949k in F2015. Its administrative costs were 6% of revenues in F2015. Its fundraising costs at 1% of donations are significantly lower than the 12% in F2013 due to the elimination of the capital campaign expenditures. For every $1 donated to SKETCH, 92 cents is put towards its programs, which is within Ci's reasonable range. SKETCH has funding reserves of $335k, which can cover 18% of its annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by SKETCH. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 20, 2016 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.2%4.5%3.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.5%4.1%11.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 18.5%12.8%28.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 949,0281,040,481835,287
Goods in kind 12,2193,93010,841
Government funding 865,9901,010,747413,935
Business activities (net) 80,91688,54823,586
Special events 59,95224,48840,159
Investment income 5,9081,5155,239
Other income 68,13953,2990
Total revenues 2,042,1522,223,0081,329,047
Program costs 1,814,5741,842,7071,249,854
Administrative costs 127,157100,11349,901
Fundraising costs 14,99244,132101,861
Cash flow from operations 85,429236,056(72,569)
Funding reserves 334,760236,230356,484
Note: Ci has adjusted amortization of deferred capital contributions and adjustment for deferred revenues affecting revenues by ($73k) in F2015, by $45k in F2014, and by $92k in F2013. Ci has adjusted amortization of capital assets affecting expenses by ($176k) in F2015, by ($169k) in F2014, and by ($28k) in F2013.

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