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Jays Care Foundation

1 Blue Jays Way, Suite 3200
Toronto, ON M5V 1J1
Executive Director: Robert Witchel
Board Chair: Melinda Rogers

Charitable Reg. #: 89084 7189 RR0001
Sector: Fundraising Organization
Public Foundation

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 available only upon request [ 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 #10

Avg. Compensation $65,467

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 9
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Jays Care Foundation:

Founded in 1992, the Jays Care Foundation (Jays Care) promotes baseball as a tool to teach children skills such as teamwork, self-esteem, leadership and resiliency. Jays Care is primarily a granting charity, but it also runs sports programs that directly work with children across Canada.

Jays Care Foundation has two major granting programs: Field of Dreams and Grand Slam. Through Fields of Dreams, the charity funds projects that create new or refurbish old recreation spaces in Canada. Investments for the Field of Dreams program represented 49% of total program costs in 2015. To date, Jays Care has invested over $6.5 million to create 65 safe spaces for youth, including 34 baseball diamonds. One success story from this program is seen in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. In 2014, the city received $71k in funding to renew its Little Jubilee sports field and facilities. In 2015, the Corner Brook Baseball Association reported that participation rates increased 65%. Their girls’ baseball program skyrocketed in particular, growing from just 5 to 63 participants in one summer.

Jays Care’s Grand Slam grant program provides funding for other charities and community groups that run sports programs, life-skill development programs, educational programs, and healthy living programs. In 2015, Grand Slam grants represented 23% of total program costs. Success Beyond Limits (SBL) was a past recipient of this grant. SBL is a charity that provides educational support for youth. On the Jay’s Care website, SBL’s executive director has said that because of the grant, 94% of students who enrolled in the SBL Summer Education program received their first high school credit.

Jays Care Foundation runs a Rookie League program that uses baseball as a foundation to teach kids about the importance of teamwork, cooperation and self-esteem. Rookie League is the charity’s major non-grant program, representing 14% of program costs in 2015. Jays Care offered 99 Rookie League programs across Canada in 2015 and 8,046 children participated.

The Jays Care Foundation annual report states that in 2015, the charity reached 62,700 youth in total between its sports programs and granting activities. Based on total operating costs for the year, the charity spent $82 per child served.

Jays Care Foundation has won numerous awards for its philanthropy in sports including the 2013 Beyond Sports and the Robert Wood Johnson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy. The New York Times wrote an excellent profile piece on Jays Care Foundation highlighting its impact in supporting youth baseball across Canada "With Glowing Hearts, a Nation Unites Behind the Blue Jays".

Financial Review:

Jays Care Foundation is a mid-cap charity with donations and special events revenues of $4.5m in F2015. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues and fundraising costs are 27% of donations.  Total overhead costs are just under 40 cents on the dollar, which falls just within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $3.7m can cover annual program costs and grants for 1.2 years.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Jays Care. Edits and changes may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 9, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending November
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.1%16.5%17.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.6%27.5%25.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 119.4%91.1%133.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,8141,5091,557
Lotteries (net) 1,258615480
Business activities (net) 272230165
Special events 2,6502,5362,074
Other income 282722
Total revenues 6,0214,9174,298
Program costs 8811,009595
Grants 2,1931,8071,336
Administrative costs 787810747
Fundraising costs 1,1881,111916
Cash flow from operations 972180704
Funding reserves 3,6712,5662,571
Note: Ci reported 50-50 draws revenue net of expenses as lotteries income, decreasing total revenues and total expenses by $89k in F2015, $40k in F2014 and $43k in F2013. Ci reported broadcast auction revenue net of expenses as business activities income, decreasing total revenues and total expenses by $43k in F2015, $26k in F2014 and $19k in F2013. Included in grants expenses are Field of Dreams and Grand Slam costs.

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