970 Queen St. East
Toronto, ON M4M 1J8
Executive Director: Jyoti Singh
Board Co-Chair: Donnalea Sparling & Dana Rose Granofsky

Charitable Reg. #:11930 2727 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 87 cents are available for programs.

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About Nellie's:

Nellie's is a 3-star charity that provides shelter and other assistance to women and children experiencing violence, poverty, and homelessness. It is financially transparent and has a below-average results reporting grade. Its overhead costs fall within Ci's reasonable range.

Founded in 1973, Nellie’s, formally named Women's Hostels Incorporated, was Toronto’s first women’s shelter. Named for Canada’s pioneering suffragette, Nellie McClung, it was co-founded by a group of female activists including June Callwood. Nellie’s is a community-based feminist charity that sees itself as anti-racism and anti-oppression. It is committed to social change through education and advocacy to achieve social justice for all women and children. The charity began as a shelter with 16 beds for homeless women fleeing domestic abuse. In February 2022, Nellie's moved to a 22-bedroom shelter with 40 beds. This shelter houses women and children leaving domestic violence situations and dealing with other issues like poverty and mental health. Its goal is to ensure the women it serves move on to safe and affordable housing, so they do not return to violent situations. 

Women who come to Nellie’s are from all backgrounds: people who are pregnant, immigrants, some single, some with children. In F2022, 45 single women and 24 families arrived at Nellie's. Two babies were born, and 44 children lived at Nellie's. 28 women came to Nellie’s after fleeing from violence or intimate partner abuse.

In addition, Nellie’s has some smaller programs, including Peer Support and Children and Youth. Nellie’s Children program provides kids with recreational and educational opportunities, like art and music classes and summer camp, to help them process the violence they may have witnessed.

Beyond being an emergency shelter, Nellie’s provides weekly drop-in dinners for women and children who are homeless or living in poverty. Every week, 40 single women and families attend the program. 


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Results and Impact

Ci could not find any publicly available quantifiable outcomes for Nellie’s.

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

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In F2022, Nellie's received $1.5m in donations. Nellie's also received $2.6m in government funding, representing 63% of its total revenues in F2022. Administrative costs are 6% of total revenues, and fundraising costs are 7% of donations. This results in overhead spending of 13%. For each dollar donated, 87 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending.

Nellie’s has $3.1m in reserve funds. The charity could cover over 11 months of its annual program costs with its reserves.

In its T3010 filing, Nellie’s does not report its payments to 36 part-time staff. Without this information, it is not accurate to calculate its average full-time salary, so Ci calculated the average full-time and part-time salary instead.

This report is an update that has been sent to Nellie's. Changes and corrections may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 21, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.1%1.5%2.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.5%6.5%8.4%
Total overhead spending 12.6%8.0%10.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 92.9%108.5%203.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,467,9011,587,6381,032,407
Government funding 2,578,0176,573,5905,656,047
Investment income 45,3241,14831,695
Total revenues 4,091,2428,162,3766,720,149
Program costs 3,384,7653,027,4822,296,995
Administrative costs 246,950124,723136,113
Fundraising costs 95,087103,04586,182
Total spending 3,726,8023,255,2502,519,289
Cash flow from operations 364,4404,907,1264,200,860
Capital spending 3,424,1303,950,1303,033,820
Funding reserves 3,145,0063,285,8794,662,684

Note: Charity Intelligence reported Nellie's fundraising costs using its T3010 filing with the CRA. Ci adjusted for deferred contributions from the government, affecting revenues by $3.9m in F2021 and $4.0m in F2020. Ci backed out amortization from program, administration, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 24

Avg. compensation: $32,533

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

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Charity Contact

Website: www.nellies.org
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001