18 Camden Street
Toronto, ON M5V 1V1
Executive Director: Jenny Carver
Founder: Donna Green

Charitable Reg. #:81718 6935 RR0001


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

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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) 93 cents are available for programs.

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About Stella's Place:

Founded in 2015, Stella’s Place (Stella's Place Assessment and Treatment Centre) provides mental health services to young people in Toronto aged 16 to 29 years. The charity reports that of the approximately 100,000 young adults in Toronto who struggle with their mental health, only 1 in 6 have access to the help they need. In F2018, 68% of clients at Stella’s Place were identified as at risk of suicide on intake and 47% reported having visited emergency rooms during the last two years seeking mental health-related treatment.

The Café is the first step for clients accessing services at Stella’s Place. Participants can drop by for mental health information, grab a coffee or snack, wait for appointments and other programming, or simply socialize with other youth. There were 747 drop-in visits to the Café in F2018, an increase from 228 in F2017.

Stella’s Place offers drop-in programming, providing clients with opportunities for self-reflection and increasing confidence. In F2018, drop-in groups with the highest attendance were studio arts (144), yoga (81), and Finding My Path life skills and career exploration (73). The studio program ran for almost 100 hours with youth participating in sessions involving drawing, writing, painting, improv, and music. Started in November 2017, BeanBagChat is an app which connects youth to a trained peer supporter. In F2018, 133 individuals used the app with an average age of 25 and conversations lasting about 22 minutes.

Clients can register for eight sessions of psychotherapy and enroll in group programs related to a variety of mental health issues. In F2018, Stella’s Place offered three DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) groups, one of which worked with LGBTQ+ identifying youth exploring their relationships with addictive substances. In F2018, 235 clients were registered in group programs.

In F2018, 21 people graduated from the Stella’s Place Peer Support Training program. These young adults may be hired at Stella’s Place as mentors or provide workshops, employment guidance, and peer support through other community organizations. The charity aims to train 250 leaders over the next five years, estimated to provide support to 1,350 vulnerable young people in 20 neighbourhoods.

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Results and Impact

Of 44 participants in DBT skills group programming, 47% (21) decreased their use of harmful coping practices and 24% (11) are more resilient. From 26 participants in the LGBTQ+ DBT group, 19% (5) reported an increase in effective coping skills and 14% (4) are more prepared to change substance use.

Stella’s Place surveyed clients, with 49% of respondents reporting significantly reduced distress since intake and 67% had started exploring career options.

Charity Intelligence has rated Stella's Place as Fair impact based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Fair

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Stella’s Place is a large charity with donations of $7.6m in F2017. Of total donations, $4.5m represents an unusually large donation restricted for the purchase of capital assets. Excluding the unusual $4.5m donation, administrative costs are 13% of revenues and fundraising costs are 3% of donations. For every dollar donated, 84 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity has $1.3m in funding reserves which could cover less than eight months of program costs.

In F2017, Stella’s Place had $6.0m in capital expenditures. The charity reports that it purchased a permanent, new building which will ensure accessibility for young adults, accommodate the growing needs of the organization, and decrease long-term occupancy costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Stella’s Place for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 26, 2019 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.6%16.5%31.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.1%3.9%9.5%
Total overhead spending 6.6%20.4%41.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 64.9%49.9%28.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 7,5661,677687
Government funding 23344151
Other income 1248
Total revenues 7,8121,725846
Program costs 1,932747397
Administrative costs 434285267
Fundraising costs 816666
Total spending 2,4471,098730
Cash flow from operations 5,365628116
Capital spending 6,0341997
Funding reserves 1,253373113

Note: Ci has adjusted for deferred donations and restricted contributions for the purchase of capital assets, affecting revenues by $5.3m in F2017, $594k in F2016, and $97k in F2015. Ci uses administrative and fundraising costs as reported on the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Amortization has been removed from program costs in F2015. Due to a change in reporting, amortization was added as an expense in F2017 and F2016. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 27

Avg. Compensation: $57,500

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 F2017

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