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

Charitable Reg. #:89084 7189 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 76 cents are available for programs.

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About Jays Care Foundation:

Jays Care Foundation is a 5-star, financially transparent charity. It has a strong results reporting grade and its overhead spending is within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $18.0m in reserve funds, which can cover a year and ten months of annual program costs.

Founded in 1992, Jays Care Foundation (Jays Care) promotes baseball as a tool to teach children essential skills such as teamwork, leadership, and resiliency. The Foundation is affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club. Jays Care recognizes that there is an unlevel playing field for youth across Canada. In F2022, the charity reports that 46,148 children participated in its programs across 794 programming sites.

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

Inclusion, diversity and gender equity programs

Jays Care Foundation strives to fight against discrimination, inequities and sexism in sport.

The charity’s Challenger Baseball program is designed for children with cognitive disabilities, to help them build skills such as teamwork and communication. Jays Care reports that, according to ParticipACTION, 0% of children with disabilities met all recommendations in the Canadian 24h-Hour Movement Guidelines in 2020. In F2022, 9,013 children participated in the Challenger Baseball program across 283 programming sites. Jays Care Foundation runs programs that encourage the involvement of Indigenous communities in sport, to strengthen inter-community relationships. In F2022, 4,699 children participated in Indigenous programming across 154 sites. The charity also provided participants with 235,684 healthy meals and snacks. Jays Care states that, according to Canadian Women & Sports, one in three girls across Canada drop out of sports by the time they reach age 13. Jays Care’s Girls at Bat program provides girls with the opportunity to get involved in sport in an empowering and inclusive environment. In F2022, 8,205 girls participated in the program across 257 programming sites. The charity’s L.I.T. girls virtual leadership program had 289 participants in seven provinces and territories. Jays Care Foundation also runs the Top Of The First program which provided diversity and equity training to 205 coaches and leaders in F2022.

Rookie League

Jays Care’s Rookie League day camp is a summer camp for children from underserved communities. Jays Care partners with Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) to run the camps, in hopes to get more children from low socio-economic backgrounds involved in sports. In F2022, 1,455 children from 21 Toronto Community Housing sites went to camp and 154 youth staff were hired to run the program.

Field of Dreams

Every year, communities can apply for a grant to design, refurbish, or build baseball diamonds to make sports more accessible to youth. The goal is for youth to increase their physical activity levels and develop life skills. The charity completed 16 projects in 16 areas in 2022 and has completed 116 projects since 2013.

The remaining program spending is split amongst community initiatives, the Take me out to the Ball Game program, and the Home Run Scholars program. In F2022, the charity provided 2,583 Winter Hampers across Canada as part of its Winter Hampers Initiative. It also provided over 6,000 meals to 426 families living in Toronto Community Housing for its Family Night at Home Initiative. In addition, it donated 280,000 books to 1,080 educators in Ontario and British Columbia for its Turn the Page initiative. 2,874 youth attended 79 Blue Jays games in the Jays Care Community Clubhouse suite as part of the Take me out to the Ball Game program.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, Jays Care Foundation states that 95% of Girls at Bat coaches report that most participants have shown an increased love for sports. It adds that 93% of L.I.T. girls program participants agreed the program provided opportunities to grow as young leaders.

93% of staff trained in the Top of the First program stated they better understood how to diversify recruitment in their leagues and 94% stated they understand unconscious biases and how to create more inclusive environments.

In F2022, 93% of parents with children participating in the Rookie League camp report that the camp increased their child(ren)’s access to extracurricular activities.

In F2022, across all community-run programs (Challenger Baseball, Girls at Bat, Indigenous programming, Rookie League), 92% of athletes reported an increased love for sports. 98% of athletes reported increased physical abilities and 92% reported an increased connection with their peers. 143 programming partners reported that partnering with Jays Care Foundation improved their organization’s ability to provide sports programs for children from a variety of backgrounds.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Jays Care Foundation’s results and impact.

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Jays Care Foundation is financially transparent. Its audited financial statements are publicly available on its website.

Jays Care Foundation received $8.9m in donations and special events revenue in F2022. The charity also received $8.4m in net lottery revenue, up 66% from $5.0m in F2021. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues and fundraising costs are 21% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 24%. For every dollar donated, 76 cents are available for programs. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity has $18.0m in reserve funds, of which $50k is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, these reserves can cover a year and ten months of annual program costs.

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

Updated August 30, 2023 by Victoria Allder.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending November
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.1%3.5%5.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 21.3%14.8%14.6%
Total overhead spending 24.4%18.2%20.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 185.9%203.4%174.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,8524,4643,264
Government funding 129237844
Lotteries (net) 8,3725,0291,516
Special events 3,9331,8841,845
Investment income (762)209156
Total revenues 16,52311,8237,625
Program costs 7,8365,0875,134
Grants 1,8351,749798
Administrative costs 536401412
Fundraising costs 1,874939744
Total spending 12,0818,1777,088
Cash flow from operations 4,4423,646537
Capital spending 9900
Funding reserves 18,02713,94810,368

Note: Included in total grants expenses are Field of Dreams and Grand Slam grants. Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by $53k in F2022, $45k in F2021 and ($411k) in F2020.  Ci reported 50-50 draws revenue net of expenses as lotteries income, decreasing total revenues and total expenses by $1.6m in F2022, $997k in F2021 and $235k in F2020. Ci adjusted grants by accrued grant expenditures, affecting total grant expenditure by $32k in F2022, $547k in F2021 and ($491k) in F2020. Jays Care Foundation reports government grants as donations. Ci removed government revenues from donations as reported on the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. This reduced donations by $129k in F2022, $237k in F2021 and $844k in F2020. Ci reported unrealized gains and losses in revenue, affecting revenue and expenses by ($1.1m) in F2022.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 30

Avg. compensation: $54,314

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.bluejays.mlb.com/tor/jays-care
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