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: 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) 82 cents are available for programs.

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About Jays Care Foundation:

Jays Care Foundation is a 3-star charity with reasonable overhead costs and best practices in financial transparency. Its reported information on programs and their results is below average, which is shown in the B- results reporting grade. 

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. Jays Care notes that for nearly 50% of families in poverty, cost is the biggest barrier to accessing physical activity programs.

Rookie League - 24% of program and grant costs. Jays Care runs virtual and in-person summer day camp for children from underserved communities. In F2021, Jays Care partnered with Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) to run in-person camps at 25 locations. Jays Care also partnered with BGC Canada (formerly, Boys and Girls Club of Canada) to run camps. 14,884 children went to in-person day camp and 1,635 children participated in virtual day camp in F2021. Jays Care also had 25 Indigenous Rookie League locations across Canada in F2021.

Field of Dreams - 16% of program and grant costs. Every year, communities can apply for a grant to design, refurbish, or build baseball diamonds for youth facing barriers. The goal is for youth to increase their physical activity levels and develop life skills. Since 2011, Jays Care has spent more than $15m on 145 projects in ten provinces and two territories.

Jays Care runs several other programs (60% of program and grant costs), which include Jays Care Community Clubhouse, Girls at Bat, James Bay Girls at Bat, and Challenger Baseball. Jays Care does not provide a clear breakdown of program spending for these programs.

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Results and Impact

In F2021, 90% of Rookie League parents agreed that their child’s physical activity increased throughout the summer. 85% of Rookie League parents reported that their child had more friends after the program.

Challenger Baseball is an adaptive baseball program that empowers people with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. In F2021, 91% of parents with a child in the program agreed that their child’s motor skills improved after participating in Challenger Baseball. 93% of athletes who went to Challenger Baseball Virtual Summer Camps said that their overall mental health increased.

Girls at Bat helps girls access sports and build a sense of belonging. The program is free and lasts eight weeks. 90% of participants said they felt excited to join more sports teams and activities by the end of the program. 95% of parents noticed their child displayed more confidence throughout the summer.

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Jays Care Foundation received $6.5m in donations and fundraising revenue in F2021. The charity also received $5.0m in net lottery revenue, up 232% from $1.5m in F2020. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are 14% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 18%. For every dollar donated, 82 cents go the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $13.9m can cover 2 years and 2 months of 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 May 27, 2022 by Emily Downing

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending November
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.5%5.2%6.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 14.5%13.5%24.1%
Total overhead spending 18.0%18.7%30.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 203.4%174.0%125.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,5983,6753,262
Government funding 59844158
Lotteries (net) 5,0291,5161,902
Special events 1,8841,8453,644
Investment income 209156321
Total revenues 11,7788,0369,287
Program costs 5,0875,1345,082
Grants 1,7497982,384
Administrative costs 401412548
Fundraising costs 9397441,661
Total spending 8,1777,0889,675
Cash flow from operations 3,601948(388)
Funding reserves 13,94810,3689,387

Note: Included in total grants expenses are Field of Dreams and Grand Slam grants. Ci reported 50-50 draws revenue net of expenses as lotteries income, decreasing total revenues and total expenses by $997k in F2021, $235k in F2020, and $479k in F2019. Ci adjusted grants by accrued grant expenditures, affecting total grants by $547k in F2021, ($491k) in F2020, and ($335k) in F2019. Jays Care Foundation reports government grants as donations. Ci removed government funding (Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) from donations, affecting donations by ($58k) in F2021. Ci removed government revenues from donations, totaling ($844k) in F2020, and ($158k) in F2019 as reported on the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Jays Care Foundation's T3010 filing was not available at the time the charity profile was created. In F2021, Jays Care Foundation may have received other government funding that it is reporting as donations. As such, Ci may understate Jays Care Foundation's government funding and overstate its donations in F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 25

Avg. compensation: $74,857

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

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