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An inclusive society that values and supports the full engagement of it’s young people in the civic, social, economic and cultural life of diverse and environmentally healthy communities.

Board of Directors

Hanifa Kassam (Chair)

Gave Lindo (Co-Chair)

Derek Ballantyne

Paul Fensom

Cameron Laidlaw

Jamie Laidlaw

Karen Ng

Andre Lewis

Brenda Pipitone

Bridget Sinclair

May Wong

Lyon Smith

Committee Members

Finance and Audit

Andre Lewis (Chair)

Paul Fensom (Co-Chair)

Derek Ballantyne

Ken Gibson

Heather Brubacher

Tiffany Chang

Andrew Bedeau

Granting

May Wong (Chair)

Karen Ng (Co-Chair)

Lyon Smith (Co-Chair)

Brenda Pipitone

Bridget Sinclair

Jamie Laidlaw

Cameron Laidlaw

Hanifa Kassam

Governance & recruitment

Jamie Laidlaw (Chair)

Andre Lewis (Co-Chair)

Gave Lindo

Cameron Laidlaw

Derek Ballantyne

Bob Smith

Walter Ross (Advisor)

Jessica Hammell (Advisor)

Nathan Gilbert
Youth Fellowship

Nathan Gilbert

Allan Broadbent

Elizabeth McIssac

 Annique Ferrell

May Wong

 

Investment

Derek Ballanytne (Chair)

Paul Fensom (Co-Chair)

Andre Lewis

John Fox

Ed Kwan

Heather Hunter

Impact Investing

John Fox

Andrew Bedeau

Hanifa Kassam

Youth-led Community Change Advisory Committee

Liban Abokor

Hanifa Kassam

Jessica Hammell

Karen Ng

Dylan Cohen

Nicole Watson

Harnoor Gill

Rihkee Strapp

Sonja Pesko

 

staff

Tamer Ibrahim

Youth CI
Outreach
Coordinator

Jehad Aliweiwi

Executive
Director

Ana Skinner

Program Manager

Betul Keles

Program Manager

Veanna Octive

Office
Manager

Ajeev Bhatia

Program
Liaison

On to New Adventures: Farewell Susan brand

For close to a decade, Susan was the friendly face and welcoming voice of the Laidlaw Foundation and more recently, Foundation House. Her warmth and awesome sense of humour helped make the Foundation home to our staff, partners, grantees and volunteers. She was a constant champion of our work and the young people we support, helping make the Foundation inviting and accessible to the communities we work with. Susan left Laidlaw Foundation in October 2016 to pursue new and exciting opportunities. We wish her the best.

To honour Merle’s memory, The Laidlaw Foundation has maDe a donation to the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP), where Merle volunteered for many years and which meant so

much to her.

On March 7th, 2017, we lost a

dear colleague and friend.

Merle Young was the Manager of Finance at the Laidlaw Foundation from 2001-2012, a job title that hardly captures the essential role she played bringing our team together, ensuring our operations ran smoothly and championing of our work.

In my early years with the Foundation, Merle was my rock, someone I learned from and leaned on. Merle had a chair in her office that in any other context was an ordinary office chair. But for us, it was the place we came to sit, to pause, to laugh, to vent. Merle’s door was always open and this chair was always free.

A daily ritual in our office was meeting in the kitchen, as Merle slowly and with intention, cut apples, banana bread or muffins into bit sized pieces, to then offer up to share. She taught me that it was a red-tailed hawk circling our office and that there were turkey vultures roosting on a building nearby. And the views from our building took on new wonder through her eyes. She took her time, and relished moments. And this brought calm to all of us.

I found a kindred soul with Merle, someone who loved apples, hiking, camping, standing in the warmth of the sun on a winter day as much as me. I will miss her deeply,

Ana Skinner

In 2016, we deepened our commitment to championing youth educational attainment, especially for young people involved in the justice system.

Through research, granting and convening, we are increasing our understanding of the challenges and opportunities to support educational re-engagement within detention centres and in the transition back to community. Among our diverse portfolio, we are working with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association on a significant research project to provide better insight into the realities of educational attainment for youth in detention. On the granting side, we supported a range of initiatives focused on access to education and youth justice. In this report, we highlight six of these initiatives.

Furthering our commitment to creating more supportive conditions for grassroots, youth-led work, the Foundation launched two studies on shared administration platforms, the structural innovation that enables unincorporated groups to access funding and administrative supports to bring their projects to life. We continue to convene our grantees for strategic learning purposes to inform our policy and systems change agenda.

2016 provided us with significant opportunities to expand our reach. This includes the Youth Collective Impact program in partnership with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s Innoweave initiative, and with the support of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS). Through Youth CI, we are working with diverse communities and stakeholders across Ontario to support measurable change in the lives of young people. In addition, we are co-convening the Youth Funders Network, bringing together youth-focused funders working provincially and nationally. And we are active in the Provincial Partnership Table: a table that contributes to the Collective Impact for Disconnected Youth initiative led by MCYS.

The Foundation’s move to Foundation House provided Laidlaw with a new home that is quickly becoming a destination for philanthropy. A priority for the year was to ensure a smooth transition to the new space without significant interruption to the work of the Foundation. We began the move at the end of February and the first day of business at Foundation House was February 29, 2016.

No year is without challenges, and this year had a few. The implementation of an Indigenous strategy has taken longer than we had hoped for, however, this is allowing us to build our knowledge and design a strategy that commits deeply and long-term to support the national conversation on reconciliation. The endowment continues to perform despite adverse market conditions and we are able to meet our disbursement quota without impacting the principal capital.

Moving forward, we will focus on the development of a responsive Indigenous strategy, pursue impact investing and deepen our focus on the youth justice system.

The work of the Foundation is a labour of love for the Board and the staff. We want to take a moment and say thank you to the dedicated team of employees who bring passion and talents to the Foundation each and every day and to the Board who volunteers their time and energy to ensure that the Foundation’s resources are allocated with thoughtfulness and accountability.

Hanifa Kassam,                                                 Jehad Aliweiwi,

Board Chair                                                          Executive Director

Systems-Level Change

The Foundation identifies at least one issue impacting youth where we have directly helped make a measurable systemic change.To achieve this goal, we are committed to building strong youth-led organizations in key policy areas, incubating creative ideas coming from young people, and having our grantees inform research and advocacy efforts.

Knowledge Generation

The Foundation has a robust information gathering system that collects information from grant recipients and is the basis of our research and policy positions. To achieve this goal, we  committed to working with grantees to develop reporting systems that delivers useful information without being a burden to them, and commissioning and conducting research.

NOTE: The map of Ontario indicates the location of all of the Foundations’ granting activities in 2016. Each arrow is a representation of at least one grant made in that respective area.

Brampton, ON

Brockville, ON

Burlington, ON

Etobicoke, ON

Hamilton, ON

Lanark County, ON

London, ON

Newmarket, ON

North Bay, ON

Oakville, ON

Ottawa, ON

Parry Sound, ON

Peterborough, ON

Prince Edward County, ON

Richmond Hill, ON

Sarnia, ON

Scarborough, ON

Stratford, ON

Waterloo, ON

Welland, ON

Advocate and Champion

The Foundation is recognized as a leader in generating useful information about the issues facing young people, in disseminating that information and in proposing solutions to these issues. To achieve this goal, we committed to sharing what  we are learning through events and publications.

Expanding Our Reach

The Foundation doubles the financial impact of the organization through collaboration with appropriate partners and through creative use of our capital resources.To achieve this goal, we committed to developing an impact investment plan, increasing funding available  to the youth sector and using our financial resources to support our vision.

Changing the Education System
to Meet the Needs of All Students

Grants – 9

Total awarded - $656,860

Program Description

The Foundation is investing in youth-driven community based education strategies (CBES) that reach young people pushed out of, or marginalized, by the formal education system. The Foundation also invests in initiatives that support young people to attain credits, to re-engage with the school system and to graduate or pursue further education or training. Community-based Education Strategies are developed by communities, young people and educators to reach young people who are not being served effectively by the education system and to create opportunities for them to reengage with their education in more meaningful and empowered ways.

what we are working towards

•  Student (re)engagement with education  (# of credits attained, graduation, transitions)

•  Changes in institutional practices & policies related to community-school collaboration

• How effective CBES strategies are for engaging different populations of students
(ie. inclusive curriculum, experiential learning, wraparound services, student advocacy)

•  New insights into ways to improve educational policies and services for young people

organization

Albion Neighbourhood Services

Centre[3] for Print
and Media Arts

Foodshare

York University Faculty Association Foundation

Teach 2 Learn

Teach for Canada

Trust 15 Youth Community Support Organization

Black Creek Community Health Centre

Youth Leaps

PROJECT NAME

Amadeusz

Nu Steel

School Grown

Success Beyond Limits


Academic Success for Youth

Conoser

Trust 15


Youth Association for Academics Athletics and Character Education

Learn2Work!

location

Toronto, ON

Hamilton, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON


Toronto, ON

AMOUNT

$75,000

$75,000

$57,056

$75,000

$75,000

$75,000

$75,000

$75,000


$74,804

Amadeusz launched The Look at my Life Project in 2009. The project provides the opportunity resources and support for people ages 18-30 to complete high school and attend post secondary schooling while held on remand in Ontario.  Today, 107 people have completed their high school education while incarcerated of which 97 are General Education Development Certificates (GED) and 10 Ontario Secondary School Diplomas (OSSD). We have also had 99 young people participating in post secondary courses, with 64 young people completing 103 post secondary courses while incarcerated. Over the past year we have also completed two additional manuscripts which have been submitted for publication and have lead the completion of a multi-stakeholder research project titled Look at my Life: Youth identified sparks for firearm possession in Toronto.

Click the video above to watch a whiteboard animation of the reality of education on the inside for young people on remand in Ontario and the opportunities that Amadeusz provides.

project name: Amadeusz

Location: Toronto, ON

Funding stream: Changing the Education System to Meet the Needs of All young people

Youth-Led Community Change

grants – 20

Total awarded - $403,337

Program Description

The Foundation provides funding to youth-led groups across Ontario to identify issues that are affecting their communities and implement projects that bring awareness to their experiences.

what we are working towards

• Young people develop skills and increase their leadership capacity

• Adult Allies work more collaboratively & share power with young people

• Increased partnerships between youth-led groups and unlikely & likely allies

• New insights into ways to improve policies and services for young people

• Changes in institutional practices & policies to be more inclusive of young people

organization

AM Collective

Baby Steps Parenting

Assya-Khadija Moustaqim-Barrette

For Youth Initiative

Breakaway Addiction Services

Cipher

RNJ Youth Services

DreBu

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Level

Life Change Adventures

London Youth

Advisory Council

Hibaq Gelle

Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration

Sexual Assault Centre London

Naima Raza

Toronto Youth

Food Policy Council

Mariah Atatise-Jourdain

Tiffany Schofield

Young Diplomats Ethiopian Youth Development Group

PROJECT NAME

Where Are You From Collective

Turn The Page

Be a Spot of Ground

Black Women in Motion

Pieces to Pathways

Cipher Circles + Workshops

Connections

Toronto Youth Peer Support - Himalayan Network

Bolton Girls Can Too Summer Program

Dare to Dream

Project Breakthrough

West Side Stories

Project Toosoo

Reclaim Honour/Luminance: A Participatory Photo-Voice Project with Syrian Youth

For Youth By Youth: YES Conference

Team Student Voice: My LKDSB

Growing Youth Leaders in the Food System

Wasauksing Youth Regalia Group

Y+ Contemporary

Teret Teret: Storytelling to Bridge our Intergenerational Gap

location

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Oakville, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Brampton, ON

Brockville, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Ottawa, ON

Waterloo, ON

London, ON

Etobicoke, ON

London, ON


London, ON

Sarnia, ON

Toronto, ON

Parry Sound, ON

Scarborough, ON

Toronto, ON

AMOUNT

$9,940

$25,000

$6,963

$25,000

$24,438

$19,545

$25,000

$25,000

$25,000

$20,000

$23,827

$23,391

$24,767

$23,123


$9,000

$25,000

$10,681

$12,020

$25,000

$20,642

project name: Level

Location: Ottawa, ON

Funding stream: Youth-Led Community Change

Established in 2005, Level is a charitable organization that aims to level the playing field and increase access to justice for marginalized communities. Through its specialized outreach initiative, “Dare to Dream,” Level empowers Indigenous youth through interactive justice education workshops that build confidence and leadership skills. The program also advances reconciliation by developing relationships between Indigenous youth and the justice sector, and by raising awareness of Indigenous protocols, customs and beliefs in the general community.

The Laidlaw Foundation joined Level as a funder of Dare to Dream in July 2016, supporting the delivery of the program this year in Toronto, Ottawa and the Rama First Nation, reaching 50+ youth. Highlights include working with youth visiting Ontario from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, visiting the Honourable Justice Harry LaForme’s chambers in the Ontario Court of Appeal, and touring the Supreme Court of Canada.

Youth Sector Innovation: PopUps

Grants – 29

Total awarded - $14,500 ($500 each)

Program Description

A cornerstone strategy developed through the Youth Sector Innovation stream is PopUps. These are micro-grants issued around issue areas that the Foundation wants to bring greater attention.

what we are working towards

• Expanding the Foundation’s reach

• Developing partnerships and collaborations

organization

#SaveOurSomaliYouth

#SitTO

Bengali Information and Employment Services Youth Council

Blackwater Arts Collective

Blossom Abundant Vision Sports Foundation

Canadian Tamil Youth Development

Dundas and Manning Community Park

Eagle Canada Human Rights

Enables Me

Feminist Canada

Gap Gen

Hong Fook Mental Health Association

Juan Saavedra



L.I.G.H.T.

Life Change Adventures

Lifted By Purpose

Nipissing First Nations Art Collective

North BurLINKton/3 Things for Burlington

The Hincks Dellcrest Treatment Centre

Peers Against Youth Violence

PIECE OF MINE Festival

Sexual Assault Centre London

Springtide Resources

Trinity Theatre

Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre

York Region Gay Straight Alliance

Youth Artists Hub

Youthspeak Performance Charity

PROJECT NAME

Ball 4 Keeps

Toronto City Hall -
Green Roof Activation

Placemaking Project


Mural Project

Community Unity Games

Community Unity Games

Do Learn

OUT on the Island  &
OUT at the CNE

Enabling Access to the Zoo with Access 2

Young Women in Toronto Politics

Gap Gen

Hong Fook Youth Drop-in

Surveillance of the Body: A Public Drawing Class For Body Conscience LGBTTIQQ2SA Youth

Change Starts Today

Surprise Your World

Tattoo Stories

Indigenous Arts Showcase

Know your Neighbour, Know your Community

Outside the Box

Anti-Youth Violence Initiative

Straight Outta Stratford

I Am Feminist Art

All Bodies

Leadership for Life: MacGregor Point Camping

Youth Community Integration and Inclusion

OUT ‘N’ ABOUT

You Are What You Eat

Big BAM Challenge

location

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON


North Bay, ON

Etobicoke, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Newmarket, ON

Toronto, ON

Newmarket, ON

Toronto, ON



Richmond Hill, ON

Waterloo, ON

Richmond Hill, ON

North Bay, ON

Burlington, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Stratford, ON

London, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Welland, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Youth Sector Innovation

grants – 4

Total awarded - $99,901

Program Description

Youth Sector Innovation grants enable the Foundation to invest in innovative projects in the Youth Sector, engage in collaborative funding and expand our reach. The primary focus is on working with new partners, unusual suspects, and through collaborative efforts, to expand the reach and impact of the Foundations work.

what we are working towards

• Expanding the Foundation’s reach

• Developing partnerships and collaborations

partnership projects

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal People in Canada

Tides Canada Foundation: Ontario Indigenous Partnership Project

Community Foundations of Canada

Toronto Public Space Initiative: Toronto Road Mural Project

location

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON


Ottawa, ON

Toronto, ON

AMOUNT

$24,900.70

$25,000


$25,000

$25,000

As the founder of Baby Steps Parenting my team and I  has had much success developing a unique parenting program that helps promotes literacy in the home called Turn the Page. Turn the Page program is an art-based literacy program that empowers marginalized parents through the art of storytelling by giving them the opportunity to publish their first children’s book for their child and have it showcased in the community.

This program has been modified for participants at Elizabeth Fry and those in their aftercare program to ensure it is an inclusive and meaningful experience for them. Young mothers in the program have the opportunity to create a timeless keepsake by self-publishing their first children’s book for their child. For the mothers who may not have immediate access to their child but still want to participate they have the option to write a creative children story for their inner child.

project name: Baby Steps

Location: Toronto, ON

Funding stream: Youth-Led Community Change

Capacity Building,
Training and Skills Development

grants – 12

Total awarded - $45,828

Program Description

The Foundation recognizes the need for strong grantee partners and other relevant stakeholders responding to needs of communities across. Many groups face roadblocks, challenges or see opportunities where some external expertise could increase their effectiveness. The Foundation provides funding for groups/organizations and individuals seeking specific training to enhance their operational and leadership capacities, organizational effectiveness, program delivery, sustainability and to build new skills.

what we are working towards

• Increasing the capacity of groups/organizations working in the youth-led sector so that they can deliver quality programming more efficiently and effectively (organizational development)

• Strengthening the ability of individuals working in the youth-led sector (professional development)

 • Increasing the capacity of the youth-led sector as a whole and contribute to its knowledge base

organization

Sandra Campbell

Albion Neighbourhood Services

Planned Parenthood Toronto

Network Community Inc.

Delisle Youth Services

Doorsteps Neighbourhood Services

Kababayan Community Services Centre Inc.

Operation Come Home

Toronto Ward Museum

Sarah Tariq

Native Youth Sexual Health Network

Victoria Alleyne

PROJECT NAME

AbundanceGTA

Amadeusz

Bad Subject

CatalystsX

 

 

 




Sarah Hamdi

Muslimah Cracking Code



CSCI Okuta Consulting

location

Toronto, ON

Hamilton, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

AMOUNT

$5,000

$5,000

$3,780

$4,804.46

$5,000

$5,000

$5,000

$5,000

$1,000

$276.85

$5,000

$967.10

Research in Action

grants – 5

Total awarded- $154,395

Program Description

The Foundation supports research to generate immediate, relevant knowledge of youth issues and the youth sector, to engage in public-policy related activities, specifically focusing on the education system, youth justice system and the not-for-profit sector, and to inform its advocacy agenda. The Foundation makes research grants to organizations and individuals with expertise and lived experience.

what we are working towards

• Generating immediate, relevant knowledge

• Engaging in public-policy

• Informing the advocacy agenda

PROJECT NAME

Tides Canada: Galloway/Orton Park (The Reading Partnership)

Amadeusz

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Youth Leaps:
Somali Youth Violence

Cross Over Youth Project/Ryerson University

location

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

AMOUNT

$25,000

$5,000

$51,900

$47,495

$25,000

The Access to Education Project

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is a national, non-profit, independent, non-governmental organization working to advance fundamental human rights and civil liberties. Since 1964, the CCLA has been at the forefront of protecting fundamental freedoms and democratic life in Canada.

In partnership with the Laidlaw Foundation, CCLA is conducting research to explore the current state of education in youth detention centres in Ontario, with a particular focus on youth who have experienced temporary detention (remand). The research will:

•  Explore challenges and best practices in ensuring continuity of education through conversations with educators, correctional staff and justice professionals with experience of the system;

•  Seek to discover pedagogical approaches, challenges and barriers in working with this student population;

•  Examine perceptions of environmental factors that may enhance or create problems for an effective educational experience;

•  Reflect and report on the insights provided by project participants in relation to the province-wide policy guidelines currently in place, with the goal of identifying successes and potential gaps between policy expectations and situational realities.

project name: Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Location: Toronto, ON

Funding stream: Research in Action

Nathan Gilbert Youth
Innovation Fellowship

grants – 1

Total awarded- $20,000

Program Description

The Youth Innovation Fellowship is a unique opportunity for young individuals, community workers, activists, changemakers, organizers, thought leaders and researchers to explore ideas that can impact public policies affecting them, their families, and communities.

what we are working towards

• Fill gaps in research,

• Engage in policy development,

• Access professional development opportunities

• Inform the Foundation’s advocacy work

Nathan Gilbert Youth Innovation Fellow Herleen Sayal visualizes how youth are pushed out of the public education system in York Region.

PROJECT

Sunny Dhillon

location

Toronto, ON

AMOUNT

$20,000

Under the Nathan Gilbert Youth Innovation Fellowship Sunny Dhillon is exploring how Ontario can reach the benchmarks many American jurisdictions have adopted in abolishing the use of solitary confinement (secure isolation in the Ontario context). As a research fellow, Sunny will examine best practices in other jurisdictions, and the opportunities and challenges in Ontario to abolishing solitary confinement for youth.

Sunny is currently a Researcher and Program Evaluator at the John Howard Society of Ontario. He is involved in numerous activities regarding the Society’s work in this role, most notably: he is the lead researcher on a youth bail project funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario; a co-chair on the Housing, Health and Justice Community of Interest; will be beginning his appointment on Legal Aid Ontario’s Criminal Law Advisory Committee in May; actively involved in research and coalition work regarding health in prisons; and leads several evaluations of John Howard Society local office programs on at-risk youth as well as housing.

Sunny has completed an MSc with Distinction in Criminology and Criminal Justice Research Methods at the University of Oxford, as well as an M.A. in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. He has also worked as a Senior Statistics Officer for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

project name: Sunny Dhillon

Location: Toronto, ON

Funding stream: Nathan Gilbert Youth
Innovation Fellowship

Changing the Not-For-Profit sector

grants  – 1

Total awarded- $41,400

Program Description

The Foundation supports research to generate immediate, relevant knowledge of youth issues and the youth sector, to engage in public policy related activities, specifically focusing on the education system, youth justice system and the not-for-profit sector, and to inform its advocacy agenda. The Foundation makes research grants to organizations and individuals with expertise and lived experience.

what we are working towards

• Increased funding & supports available to youth-led groups

• Better practices between Shared Platforms & Unincorporated Youth-led Groups

• Policy/Legislative change at Revenue Canada

PROJECT NAME

Ontario Nonprofit Network

location

Toronto, ON

AMOUNT

$41,400

youth collective impact

grants – 9

Total awarded - $700,000

Program Description

With the Youth CI program in its second year, many organizations from across Ontario continue to express interest in using the Collective Impact model.

In working with our partners at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s Innoweave platform and with the support of the Ministry of Children & Youth Services, Youth CI continues to provide groups of organizations with workshops, coaching and grants to create meaningful change for youth in communities across the province.

PROJECT NAME

Cyber Self-Defense Network

London Child and
Youth Network

Lanark Consortium

A Way Home Peterborough

Prince Edward County
Youth Collective Impact

Collective Impact for
Toronto Youth

Prevent and End Youth Homelessness

Equity in Education

Partnering for Success in Youth Employment

location

Toronto, ON

London, ON

Lanark County, ON

Peterborough, ON

Prince Edward County, ON

Toronto, ON

Kingston, ON

Ottawa, ON

Ottawa, ON

AMOUNT

$40,000

$40,000

$40,000

$40,000

$40,000

$150,000

$150,000

$50,000

$150,000

Direct Your Life was started in the year 2015 with a vision to create a resource for people who are transitioning from a correctional facility back into the community. In the first year of its operations, ‘Direct Your Life’ did a rapid assessment of existing reintegrating programmes and resources in the Greater Toronto Area to discover a dearth of serious, structured interventions with people in those areas. The team from ‘Direct Your Life’ visited more than 6 halfway houses and several resource centers operating in the area to learn about the skill development of youth/adults while reintegrating in the area. In these visits, most of the parole officers, community resource coordinators and social workers voiced a need to build leadership among their clients and motivate them to take complete responsibility for their future.

The success of the initiative inspired them to continue the program with people who are reentering back into the community. Now in its second year of operation, ‘Direct Your Life’ has started conducting Leadership Development skill building and mentoring in 2 different halfway homes.

project name: Direct Your Life

Location: Toronto, ON

Funding stream: Youth Collective Impact

LAIDLAW FOUNDATION -

financial statements & portfolio overview

for the year ended December 31, 2016

   Asset Mix

   Fixed Income

Cash and Equivalents

Bonds

   Equity

Canadian Equity

US Equity

International Equity

  Total

 30-Sep-2016

Market Value

25,685,586

 2,171,751

23,513,835

47,558,519

17,134,611

17,921,001

 12,502,907

73,244,105

31-Dec-2016

Market Value

24,447,668

1,789,466

22,658,203

49,742,147

18,099,029

19,004,004

12,639,114

74,189,815

 

% Assets

35.1

3.0

32.1

64.9

23.4

24.5

17.1

100.0

 

% Assets

33.0

2.4

30.5

67.0

24.4

25.6

17.0

100.0

 

Policy Range

 

0% - 15%

30% - 50%

50% - 70%

15% - 25%

35% - 45%

35% - 45%

 

 

Annual Income

Estimate

660,017

9,217

650,801

1,209,842

474,437

345,238

390,168

1,869,860

 

Curr.

Yield %

2.7

0.5

2.9

2.4

2.6

1.8

3.1

2.5

 

 

Expenditures:

Grants and charitable activites:

Youth Collective Impact Initiative (note 9)

Community-based education strategy

Youth-led Community Change

Administrative expenditures allocated to grants and charitable activities

Research, communications aand convening

Program development

Youth Sector Innovation PopUp/Fellowship

Changing Not-for-Profit Sector

Capacity Building Training and Skills Development

Youth Organizing

 

Administrative:

Investment and management fees

Salaries and benefits

Rent

Office and other

Meeting and travel

Legal and audit

Amortization of capital assets

Goods and services tax

Loss on disposal of capital assets

Advisory committees’ honoraria

Administrative expenditures allocated to grants and charitable activities

 

Total expenditures

Revenue:

Investment income (note 7)

Grant income - Youth Collective Impact Initiative (note 9)

Amortization of deferred capital contributions

Other

 

Excess of revenue over expenditures

 

2016

$

 

 

$      832,671

656,860

403,348

319,102

265,864

206,805

149,401

70,356

47,778

 -

2,952,185

 

320,666

252,645

120,165

113,235

67,130

33,814

25,800

18,869

10,620

3,160

(319,102)

647,002

3,599,187

 

4,602,266

834,930

-

1,298

5,438,494

$       1,839,307

 

2015

$

 

 

$      658,665

600,224

283,351

294,098

260,654

182,147

153,000

76,275

141,897

21,900

2,653,211

 

309,422

290,141

73,306

114,009

21,578

36,804

7,824

19,597

-

1,550

(294,098)

580 133

3,233,344

 

6,696,081

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