700 Markham Street, 2nd floor
Toronto, ON M6G 2M3
Executive Director: Heather O'Keefe
Board Chair: Diavin Miller

Charitable Reg. #:85355 0077 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 89 cents are available for programs.

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About StepStones for Youth:

StepStones for Youth is a 5-star charity with a strong results reporting grade. It is financially transparent and has overhead spending within Ci’s reasonable range.

Co-founded in 2004 by Executive Director Heather O’Keefe, StepStones for Youth works to provide urgently required support for vulnerable foster care youth in Toronto. According to the charity, just under 12,000 children and youth are in Ontario's child welfare system. When these youth age out of government care, they lack stable support and guardian care. As a result, youth from the foster care system face homelessness, low rates of education, and mental health challenges. StepStones reports that 70% of homeless youth have experienced some form of abuse. Additionally, 56% of youth from foster care drop out of high school (compared to 15% of the general population), and only 1% attend post-secondary education.

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

StepStones’ Youth Support Services program supports foster care children in housing, education, and mentorship. The charity provides wrap-around support intensely focused on helping youth in care. In F2022, it provided 14,560 hours of counseling and service navigation, 175 emergency food and care packages, and held 51 workshops for youth. The charity reported serving 312 youth in F2022.

StepStones follows a ‘housing first’ model. The charity helps youth secure safe and stable housing by locating available units, attending viewings, negotiating with landlords, purchasing furniture, and providing subsidies. In F2022, it provided 140 housing subsidies.

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Results and Impact

Through education support, StepStones helps combat the low education rate for youth in foster care. In F2022, the charity reported that it helped 82% of youth in its program attend or graduate from high school. StepStones also helps stabilize the mental health of youth in its program. After one year of joining StepStones, 75% of youth identified as having stable mental health or accessing mental health supports, compared to 7% at intake. The charity also reported 86% of youth were in stable housing after six months at StepStones. When joining the StepStones program, 31% of youth had the necessary government-issued ID. After six months in the program, 85% of the youth had the necessary ID.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of StepStones for Youth's results. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).


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In F2022, StepStones for Youth received $1.5m in donations. It also received $236k in government funding in F2022, representing 13% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 6% of total revenues, and fundraising costs are 5% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 11%. For every dollar donated, 89 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

StepStones has $1.6m in reserve funds, which could cover 14 months of its annual program costs.  

Updated on July 10, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.8%5.7%9.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.2%8.4%7.4%
Total overhead spending 11.0%14.1%16.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 120.2%175.7%152.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,548,6831,253,716788,908
Government funding 236,243171,645284,291
Other income 3,7623,1254,841
Total revenues 1,788,6881,428,4861,078,040
Program costs 1,365,702883,497734,361
Administrative costs 103,89981,24899,382
Fundraising costs 80,003105,82158,498
Total spending 1,549,6041,070,566892,241
Cash flow from operations 239,084357,920185,799
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 1,642,0941,551,9221,120,951

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 13

Avg. compensation: $51,888

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 F2021

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Charity Contact

Website: www.stepstonesforyouth.com
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