Youth Emergency Shelter Society

9310-82 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6C 0Z6
Executive Director: Deb Cautley
Board Chair: Rene Cloutier

Charitable Reg. #: 12953 7437 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - At-Risk Youth
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

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

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

Full-time staff #63

Avg. Compensation $49,274

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 9
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Youth Emergency Shelter Society:

Founded in 1981, Youth Emergency Shelter Society (Y.E.S.S.) aims to “empower youths from difficult realities.” It supports youths by offering “distinct and invaluable services through a variety of channels that range from immediate emergency shelter to ongoing support programs and individual guidance.” The charity works to fill the gap in support systems for youths aged 16 to 18, as they are too old to access Child and Family Services yet too young for adult support systems.

Y.E.S.S.’s Nexus Program provides emergency shelter for up to 24 youths and focuses on rehousing youths as quickly as possible. Its Armoury Resource Centre facility provides up to 25 youths with access to resources and services such as doctors, social workers, activities, workshops and recreational outings. Graham’s & Shanoa’s Place provides a home environment for youth that supports and nurtures those suffering from addictions, mental health issues and past traumas. The program can house up to 8 youths in each of its 2 locations.

Youth Emergency Shelter Society reports that it helps over 500 homeless and at-risk youths a year. Further, it provides more than 50,000 meals and more than 15,000 bus tickets to youths each year.

Financial Review:

Youth Emergency Shelter Society is a medium-sized charity, with donations of $2.3m in F2015. Its administrative costs are 24% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 23% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 53 cents is put towards its programs, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range. Y.E.S.S.’s funding reserves of $767k results in a program cost coverage ratio of 31%. This means that the charity can fund 3.8 months of its annual programs using its current reserves.

In F2015, with over 500 clients and total expenses of $4.2m, the average cost per beneficiary was approximately $8,481. 

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Youth Emergency Shelter Society. 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 23.5%25.7%22.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 23.4%26.2%28.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 31.4%25.2%39.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,291,4622,080,7961,944,829
Government funding 998,3191,239,4061,626,471
Fees for service 61,16857,67149,026
Lotteries (net) 164,754117,39776,257
Special events 927,787789,937821,543
Investment income 93,074201,97479,593
Total revenues 4,536,5644,487,1814,597,719
Program costs 2,442,8202,939,9983,032,943
Administrative costs 1,045,2651,100,9961,035,123
Fundraising costs 752,363751,475777,031
Cash flow from operations 296,116(305,288)(247,378)
Funding reserves 767,082739,4831,190,588
Note: Ci has adjusted fundraising costs (internal), amortization of deferred capital contributions and gains on sale of tangible capital assets affecting revenues by $21k in F2015, by ($50k) in F2014, and by ($9k) in F2013. Ci has adjusted fundraising costs (internal) and amortization affecting expenses by ($70k) in F2015, by ($127k) in F2014, and by ($76k) in F2013. The 2014 financial statements in the F2015 report do not fully match the 2014 financial statements in the F2014 report. Ci has used the F2015 report for the 2014 analysis, and the F2014 report for the 2013 analysis. Ci was also unable to record the gross special fundraising events (external) value in the revenue section as no breakdown was provided in the audited financial statements.  

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