Halton Learning Foundation

2050 Guelph Line
Burlington, ON L7R 3Z2
CEO: Lesley Mansfield
Board Chair: Manon Dulude

Charitable Reg. #:88997 5223 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 86 cents are available for programs.

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About Halton Learning Foundation:

Halton Learning Foundation is a 3-star charity with reasonable overhead costs and best practices in financial transparency. Its annual report and accountability to donors is below average which is shown in the B- grade. Charity Intelligence has not measured (n/r) HLF's impact. 

Founded in 2004, Halton Learning Foundation (HLF) helps to eliminate financial barriers to education for public school students in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. HLF collaborates with the Halton District School Board (HDSB) to assist students and support various school programs. The charity reported that about one in ten students of the HDSB live in poverty. To support students, HLF provides emergency funds, school grants and scholarships. Since 2004, the foundation has disbursed $2.3 million to help more than 13,000 students. HLF has also granted over $2 million in school grants.

Eliminating Barriers represented 53% of program spending in F2021. This program is an emergency fund that provides immediate financial support to students and families in need. HLF accepts online referrals from principals, teachers, and social workers. The fund supports students’ basic needs and subsidizes school activities such as field trips, allowing kids to fully participate in school. In F2021, HLF provided financial support to 1,244 students. On average, each student received $202, a decline of $23 since F2019.

School grants represented 20% of program spending in F2021. Grants allow schools to purchase additional equipment and fund educational programs in five key areas: arts & music, media literacy, environment, physical education, and mental health. Applications are reviewed by school principals, HLF staff, and HLF board members. HLF reports that it supports about 100 programs in schools across the HDSB annually. In F2021, HLF provided grants to 18 schools across the HDSB. Each approved school received an average of $5,178. HLF reported that the number of schools receiving funding decreased in F2021 due to COVID-19 related school closures.

Scholarships represented 27% of program spending in F2021. HLF partners with organizations and individuals to offer scholarships that help students of the HDSB continue their education beyond high school. In F2021, HLF provided scholarships to 96 students. The average value of each scholarship was $1,338, an increase of $381 since F2019.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has rated Halton Learning Foundation as Low impact based on demonstrated impact per dollar.

According to the foundation, the Eliminating Barriers program can positively impact a student’s physical health and the ability to focus academically. The program can also help build self-esteem and resiliency. HLF also reports that the School Grants program can allow students to develop important skills.

Charity Intelligence did not find any quantified outcomes on Halton Learning Foundation’s website. This may not be a complete representation of Halton Learning Foundation’s results and impact.

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Halton Learning Foundation received $1.1m in donations in F2021, an increase of 13% compared to F2020 ($958k). The charity also received $14k in fees for service in F2021, a decrease of 81% compared to F2020 ($76k).

HLF's administrative costs are 14% of revenues, a decrease of 4% compared to F2019 (18%) due to cost reductions and the government's covid funding. The foundation did not report any fundraising costs. This lack of reporting negatively affects HLF's star rating. For every dollar donated, 86 cents go the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The foundation holds $1.6m in funding reserves, of which $259k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, Halton Learning Foundation can cover 2.3 years of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Halton Learning Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 20, 2022 by Angelina Curwin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.2%16.9%18.4%
Total overhead spending 14.2%16.9%18.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 228.9%177.1%143.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,079,730958,099961,936
Government funding 44,26862,8100
Fees for service 14,71176,25082,135
Investment income 80,99050,31648,444
Total revenues 1,219,6991,147,4751,092,515
Program costs 361,379324,615297,251
Grants 344,560389,147463,688
Administrative costs 162,128185,846191,541
Total spending 868,067899,608952,480
Cash flow from operations 351,632247,867140,035
Capital spending 04570
Funding reserves 1,845,2651,482,3091,304,854

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred contributions affecting donations by $100k in F2021 and ($15k) in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 3

Avg. compensation: $88,306

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2019

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.haltonlearningfoundation.ca
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 905-335-3665


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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001