Girls E-Mentorship Innovation

204-720 Bathurst St
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
Executive Director: Wendy Sung-Aad
Board Chair: Rochelle de Goias-Jackman

Charitable Reg. #:83703 4131 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 86 cents are available for programs.

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About Girls E-Mentorship Innovation:

Girls E-Mentorship Innovation is a 4-star charity with an above-average results reporting score. Its overhead costs are within Ci’s reasonable range, and it has reserve funds to cover program costs for two years and eight months.

Founded in 2012, Girls E-Mentorship Innovation (GEM) runs a mentorship program for high school girls. GEM aims to reduce systemic barriers, improve mentees’ academic opportunities, and provide career guidance.

Its program has six pillars: Mentorship, GEMinars, Enrichments, Scholarships, Internships and Gem Lab.

Under its mentorship program, GEM matches mentees and mentors based on career goals, interests, personality and geography. Each program year coincides with the nine-month school year. Mentors and mentees have regular meetings discussing personal and professional development. In F2022, GEM received 238 applications and accepted 154 girls into its program.

Each year, GEM hosts 5 GEMinars. These are workshops for mentees to learn about various industries or companies. GEM’s enrichment opportunities allow girls to attend special events, such as visiting companies. GEM also provides scholarships and internships to mentees. In F2022, GEM gave 50 scholarships and provided 5 internships to girls in the program.

Lastly, Gem Lab works to develop mentorship solutions to remove barriers for marginalized girls and support inclusive economic growth.

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Results and Impact

Girls E-Mentorship Innovation conducts surveys on girls who finish the mentorship program. At the end of the 2021-22 cohort, GEM reported that 91% of respondents were optimistic about achieving their career path. 98% set and achieved goals, 93% felt more confident advocating for themselves, and 85% had extensive knowledge of industries they could work in. In a 2020 alumnae survey, GEM reported that 85% of respondents were accepted into their first-choice universities, 74% felt the program improved their academic and professional development, and 82% believed having a mentor contributed to their success.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Girls E-Mentorship Innovation’s results and impact.

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

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Girls E-Mentorship Innovation is a small charity that received $775k in donations in F2022. Administrative costs are 14% of total revenues. GEM did not report any fundraising costs in F2022, resulting in total overhead spending of 14%. For every dollar donated, 86 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

In F2022, GEM had $979k in reserve funds, which could cover two years and eight months of its annual program costs.

In addition to its salaries, GEM paid $19k in professional and consulting fees in F2022 ($128k in F2021 and $93k in F2020).

This charity report is an update that has been sent to GEM for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 23, 2023 by Kiara Andrade. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.8%16.5%12.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 13.8%16.5%12.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 265.9%251.1%205.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 775,330446,686501,316
Government funding 17,81714,5109,287
Investment income 156918
Total revenues 793,162461,265510,621
Program costs 367,949263,237253,350
Administrative costs 109,39976,08465,232
Fundraising costs 000
Total spending 477,348339,321318,582
Cash flow from operations 315,814121,944192,039
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 978,509661,103519,953

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting Canadian donations and revenues by $200k in F2022 and $10k in F2021. GEM’s audited financials do not disclose fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 6

Avg. compensation: $41,050

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

Comments added by the Charity:

Women make up the majority of Canada's minimum wage workers.

Only 3.3% or 23 TSX-listed Canadian companies had a woman CEO as of July 2018.

Women earn $0.87 for every dollar men earn.

Racialized women earn 33% less than non-racialized men.


Now, is the time to create meaningful change for real economic impact that will not just help some, but allow all to flourish. Now, more than ever, your investment in our next generation of female leaders is needed. Especially during these trying times.


Each year, GEM turns away more girls than we admit due to lack of funds. By supporting GEM, you are helping young women unlock their potential, gain vital career skills and build a stronger future for themselves and their communities.


NOTE: These comments were provided to a previous version of this profile.

Charity Contact

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001