Ve'ahavta: The Canadian Jewish Humanitarian & Relief Committee

200 Bridgeland Avenue, Unit D
Toronto, ON M6A 1Z4
Acting CEO: Karen Goldenberg
Board Chair: Gary Samuel

Website: www.veahavta.org
Charitable Reg. #: 88804 2439 RR0001
Sector: Social Services
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

Full-time staff #13

Avg. Compensation $59,790

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 2
< $40k 6
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Ve'ahavta: The Canadian Jewish Humanitarian & Relief Committee:

Founded in 1996, Ve’ahavta is a Jewish humanitarian organization that seeks to promote positive change in the lives of people of all faiths who are marginalized by poverty. Ve’ahavta provides a variety of programs, such as feeding the homeless and hosting arts programming in Toronto, and providing grants to crisis relief organizations abroad.

The charity's main program, in terms of expenditures, is the Ve’ahavta Street Academy. The street academy is a program that seeks to instill positive change in the lives of marginalized individuals by promoting a safe space where they can renew their sense of self worth and plan to further their personal goals. This academy has seen 76% of its graduates advance to education, training, employment and volunteer opportunities.

Ve'ahavta's second largest program is its mobile outreach program, a van with outreach workers and volunteers who interact with the homeless. In F2016, Ve’ahavta reports 7,349 interactions with clients and provided 3,920 sandwiches along with clothing, sleeping bags and essential supplies.

Ve’ahavta hosts a yearly creative writing contest. This contest received 136 submissions in F2016, competing for 12 cash prizes The charity also conducts a professional development day, training 32 educational professionals from 11 Jewish schools to learn how to better educate kids on indigenous history and culture. The charity also disbursed $37k towards crisis relief in Fort McMurray and Syria.

Financial Review:

Ve’ahavta is considered a medium-cap charity with donations of $1.9m in F2016. The charity’s administrative costs are 38% of revenues and fundraising costs are 14% of donations. For every dollar donated, 49 cents goes towards the charity’s programs, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $356k of funding reserves. This can cover just under 4 months of program costs. 

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Ve'ahavta. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 13, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201620152014
Administrative costs as % of revenues 37.6%42.6%48.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.6%15.5%14.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 30.0%19.3%46.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
201620152014
Donations 1,878,9131,653,0911,001,643
Goods in kind 178,618138,19048,499
Government funding 365,900334,460111,691
Special events 00467,648
Investment income 3,77811,7910
Total revenues 2,427,2092,137,5321,629,481
Program costs 1,147,891921,305580,600
Grants 37,26142,71367,041
Administrative costs 911,717906,130789,809
Fundraising costs 256,142255,529212,008
Cash flow from operations 74,19811,855(19,977)
Funding reserves 355,977185,624299,900

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