Girls E-Mentorship Innovation

585 Dundas Street East, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Executive Director: Angelina Pun
Board Co-Chair: Rochelle do Goias

Charitable Reg. #:8370 34131 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 84 cents are available for programs.

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About Girls E-Mentorship Innovation:

Founded in 2012, Girls E-Mentorship Innovation (GEM) runs a mentorship program for motivated high school girls who show leadership qualities but face barriers to success. Barriers include gender inequality, racial or religious discrimination, financial insecurity, chronic stress, and barriers associated with immigrating to Canada. Through mentorship, GEM aims to help girls handle stress, improve their time management skills, better deal with failures, and manage expectations placed upon them. Girls that the charity accepts as mentees often live in low-income or Neighborhood Improvement Areas (NIAs). Accepted girls also often identify as being racialized – a visible minority.  

NEWS: GEM included in Charity Intelligence's Top 100 rated charities for 2019.

GEM’s flagship program is one-on-one mentorship. The charity pairs girls in high schools in the Greater Toronto Area with mentors based on their career goals, interests and personality traits. Each program year coincides with the nine-month school year, from September to May. Mentors and mentees have weekly ‘touch-points’ that take place online and monthly face-to-face meetings. Mentors must have five years of industry experience to be matched with a mentee.  

GEM received 214 mentee applications for its mentorship program’s 2018-19 cohort year, up 25% from 170 applications for the 2017-18 year. It accepted 60 girls, up 10% from 54 girls in 2017-18, and hopes to increase acceptance size to 100 girls annually by 2021.  

Besides mentorship, GEM also runs GEMinars, offers internships and scholarships, and provides enrichment opportunities to its mentees. GEMinars are half-day workshops hosted by women in various industries on topics picked by girls during GEM's 2013 Design Thinking and Research Phase. GEM offered 15 enrichment opportunities to current and past mentees in F2018 – these opportunities enable girls to attend special events and knowledge sharing events on topics that relate to their career aspirations. It also hired two girls from the 2017-18 cohort for summer intern positions in programming and communications roles.

In F2018, GEM introduced two new pilot programs. The alumni network is meant to engage GEM program alumni and provide a platform for them to continue building a professional network. The mentor network helps guide and support GEM mentors as they work with mentees in the flagship mentorship program. In F2018, the mentor network pilot connected 80 past and current mentors.

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Results and Impact

Girls E-Mentorship Innovation conducts pre- and post-graduation surveys on girls who finish the mentorship program to study the impact that mentorship has on their lives. Before starting the program, 73% of survey respondents from the 2017-18 cohort year said they had a clear idea of what career they wanted to purse.  Post-program, 98% of respondents said they finished the program with a clear idea of their career path (a 25% increase). The program also helped mentees with their self-confidence. Before starting the program, 75% of girls from the 2017-18 cohort reported that they felt good about themselves. Post-program, this rose to 93% of respondents feeling good about themselves.

Other self-reported outcomes from the 2017-18 cohort include: 100% of respondents know how to stay motivated, 100% felt prepared for the next chapter in their life, and 95% feel confident in interviews.

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Girls E-Mentorship Innovation is a small charity that received $315k in donations in F2018. Administrative costs are 12% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 3% of donations. Per dollar donated, 84 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. GEM’s audited financial statements report donations from related parties ($50k in F2018, $42k in F2017, $45k in F2016), which Ci excluded from donations in its fundraising ratio calculations.

GEM’s audited financials dnot disclose fundraising costs. Ci used T3010 CRA filings for overhead spending amounts. GEM’s F2018 T3010 filing reports one paid staff member (earning between $40 - $80k) but does not report the amount spent on salaries. The F2017 T3010 reports no salary information.

GEM’s funding reserves of $276k can cover annual program costs for almost two years.

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

Updated on September 4, 2019 by Katie Khodawandi.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.4%11.7%9.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.1%4.3%0.5%
Total overhead spending 15.6%16.0%9.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 198.9%116.0%89.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 314,545220,636194,116
Total revenues 314,545220,636194,116
Program costs 138,756133,939128,211
Administrative costs 39,14525,90718,209
Fundraising costs 8,2947,640748
Total spending 186,195167,486147,168
Cash flow from operations 128,35053,15046,948
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 276,012155,361115,084

Note: Ci used the charity’s T3010 CRA filings for administrative and fundraising costs. Program costs were calculated by taking total expenses as reported in the audited financials and subtracting administrative and fundraising costs as reported in T3010 filings. Donations from related parties were excluded from donations when calculating the charity’s fundraising cost ratios.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 1

Avg. Compensation: $0

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 F2018

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