Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

34 E. 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 2G5
Executive Director: Hanne Madsen
Board Chair: Lorna Nimmons

Charitable Reg. #:11880 9409 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]


Audited financial statements available only upon request.



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) 69 cents are available for programs.

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About Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland:

Founded in 1960, Big Sisters of B.C. Lower Mainland (Big Sisters) connects volunteer mentors with Canadian youth. Big Sisters works with kids who face challenges such as isolation, violence, and substance abuse, among others. Unaddressed, these conditions can lead to poverty, crime, and mental illness. Through mentorship, Big Sisters aims to reduce and avoid these risks and improve a child's chance of success. Big Sisters reports that 54% of its clients come from single-parent homes, 30% report learning or literacy issues, and 87% come from low-income families.

Big Sisters of B.C. Lower Mainland runs three mentorship programs: Big Sisters Program, Study Buddy Program, and Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Program. Big Sisters Program pairs a mentor with a Little who is facing challenges in their life. Through an ongoing relationship, supported by experienced caseworkers, a mentor acts as a role model and friend to a young female, transgender, or non-binary child. The Study Buddy Program is a weekly one-on-one tutoring session that aims to improve academic performance. The Go Girls! Program is a group mentoring program for cohorts of 8-10 children that builds self-esteem and promotes an active lifestyle and balanced eating. In F2020, Big Sisters of B.C. Lower Mainland served 595 youth across its three mentorship programs but no breakdown by program is provided.

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Results and Impact

Big Sisters of B.C. Lower Mainland reports that 90% of mentees in the Big Sister Program are more confident, 88% of Study Buddies improved their grades, and 93% of Go Girls! feel better about their self-esteem. Of those mentored, 41% are more likely to hold senior leadership positions and 17% are more likely to be employed.

The charity reports that for every $1 invested in the charity, $23 is returned to society.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Big Sisters of B.C. Lower Mainland’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Big Sisters received donations and special events revenue of $1.8m in F2020. It received government funding of $721k in F2020. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 17% of donations. Total overhead spending is 31%. For every dollar donated, 69 cents go to the cause which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Big Sisters has funding reserves of $2.1m which can cover one year and eight months of annual program spending.

Ci has sent this profile update to Big Sisters of B.C. Lower Mainland for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Created August 10, 2021, by Shira Wine.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.9%16.0%13.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.4%28.9%20.6%
Total overhead spending 31.2%44.9%34.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 170.0%116.1%114.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 579,771594,397706,592
Government funding 720,614245,465173,000
Special events 1,229,3171,173,675865,398
Investment income 12,38311,68210,354
Total revenues 2,542,0852,025,2191,755,344
Program costs 1,220,0581,130,331980,923
Grants 02500
Administrative costs 350,802322,788238,376
Fundraising costs 314,321510,997323,506
Total spending 1,885,1811,964,3671,542,804
Cash flow from operations 656,90460,852212,540
Capital spending 106,7899,21324,693
Funding reserves 2,073,7931,312,4801,120,164

Note: Ci reported program, administrative, and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA. Ci removed amortization on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 21

Avg. compensation: $58,568

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 F2020

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001