Wesley Urban Ministries

52 Catharine Street North
Hamilton, ON L8R 1J1
Executive Director: Daljit Garry
Board Chair: Leah Schwenger

Website: www.wesley.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 11929 1946 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Homeless
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

Grade: A

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

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #120

Avg. Compensation $42,608

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 F2016

About Wesley Urban Ministries:

Established in the basement of Wesley United Church in 1955, Wesley Urban Ministries has over 30 programs in 9 locations to combat poverty in Hamilton, Halton, and Brantford. Its services span across 3 client segments and services: children, youth and family; housing and homelessness; and neighbourhood and newcomer.

Children, youth, and family services are targeted towards neighbourhoods that would not otherwise have access to support services. They include prenatal and parental support, after-school programs focused on learning and recreation, and other learning initiatives. In F2016, 138,189 hot meals were served to children, adults, and seniors. Summer programs had 280 children in attendance, while after-school programs had 20,269 visits over the course of the school year. Wesley Urban Ministries’ employment services helped to employ 145 youth and adults in F2016.

Housing and homelessness programs span across residential services, addiction recovery, emergency shelters, and recreational programming. In F2016, 7,063 days of personalized treatment and 823 program sessions were provided by Wesley Urban Ministries. Emergency shelters served 83,348 meals and distributed food and holiday gifts to 824 households. Recreational programs had 823 participants in F2016. Education programs helped 4 previously homeless youth get accepted into post-secondary school.

Neighbourhood and newcomer services include the Syrian Refugee program, which was introduced in F2015. As of February 2017, Wesley Urban Ministries’ Syrian Refugee Fund has been distributed to refugees to pay for programs in sponsorship (24% of fund distributions), kids’ activities (22%), employment training and support (16%), food and health (15%), furniture (12%), and interpretation (10%). Between December 2015 and December 2016, 1338 Syrian refugees arrived, of which 95% secured permanent family physicians and 99% feel safe in their new community. Wesley Urban Ministries helped 900 refugees move into permanent housing in F2016.

Financial Review:

Wesley Urban Ministries is a medium-sized charity with $2.7m in donations and special events fundraising in F2017. Most of the charity’s funding comes from government sources, accounting for 74% of revenue in F2017. Administrative costs were 1% of revenues and fundraising costs were 9% of donations. For every $1 donated, 90 cents went to the cause, falling within Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $2.4m include $28k of donor-endowed funds. As such, Wesley Urban Ministries can cover 18%, or just over 2 months, of annual programs and grants.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Wesley Urban Ministries. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 11, 2017 by Juliana Badovinac.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
201720162015
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.1%3.0%2.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.5%12.7%23.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 18.4%34.8%22.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201720162015
Donations 2,4961,659829
Goods in kind 404324374
Government funding 10,1319,6436,900
Fees for service 456276170
Business activities (net) 0327
Special events 169195221
Investment income 1096557
Total revenues 13,76512,1658,579
Program costs 13,03611,0798,335
Grants 467
Administrative costs 146358222
Fundraising costs 227236243
Other costs 293113
Cash flow from operations 323455(242)
Funding reserves 2,3983,8561,899
Note: Wesley Urban Ministries does not use activity-based costing to allocate costs as program, administrative, or fundraising. Ci used the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA to get administrative and fundraising costs, which were reconciled with program costs reported in the audited financials. At the time of analysis, the T3010 filing was not publicly available for F2017. Ci allocated expenses based on the presentation of expenses in the audited financials. Ci included increases in deferred revenue, affecting revenues by $143k in F2017, $334k in F2016, and ($469k) in F2015. Amortization of deferred capital contributions was not included, affecting revenues by ($60k) in F2017, ($96k) in F2016, and ($231k) in F2015. Donated goods in kind were not included in Wesley Urban Ministries’ audited financial statements; Ci added these back in to donations and program costs, increasing revenues and expenses by $404k in F2017, $324k in F2016, and $374k in F2015. Ci did not include gain on sale of capital assets in revenues, affecting revenues by ($260k) in F2016. Ci removed scholarships from program costs and redirected the costs into grants. Ci redirected donations made through special events from community donations into special events fundraising.

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