Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids

#110 909 11 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2R 1L7
Executive Director: Bethany Ross
Board Chair: Cecilia Lee

Charitable Reg. #:89045 8417 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 56 cents are available for programs.

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About Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids:

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids is a 4-star charity with an above-average results reporting score. Its overhead costs are outside of Ci’s reasonable range, and it has reserve funds to cover program costs for a year and two months.

Founded in 1990, Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) aims to feed and care for children in Calgary. The charity provides lunches to children unable to bring food to school. Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids reports that before the pandemic, nearly 4.5 million Canadians experienced food insecurity. In the first two months of the pandemic, this number increased by 39% to 1 in every 7 Canadians. BB4CK reports that 1 in 10 Calgarians live below the poverty line, and food prices have risen by 4%. As a result, visits to the Calgary Food Bank have increased by 44% since 2019.

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids’ main program is providing lunches to students in schools through funding lunch programs and delivering lunches. In F2022, the charity also provided lunches to students in summer day camps for the first time. During the pandemic, BB4CK provided grocery cards to families with children learning at home. This program ended in June 2021.

In F2022, Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids made 401,100 lunches and 5,900 summer camp lunches. The charity fed 578,083 children in F2022.

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Results and Impact

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids reported that 94% of recipients of its Grocery Cards program felt less stress about providing food for their kids. Also, 93% felt more self-esteem around caring for their children, and 55% were able to buy their children's favourite food.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids’ results and impact. 

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

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Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids received $1.6m in donations and special events revenue in F2022.

Administrative costs are 24% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 20% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 44%. For every dollar donated, 56 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. In F2021, the charity's overhead spending was just outside of Ci's reasonable range while in F2020, the charity's overhead spending was within Ci's reasonable range.

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids has reserve funds of $1.8m. The charity can cover a year and two months of annual program costs with its existing reserves.

The charity’s audited financial statements for F2022 only report on eight months (January 2022 to August 2022). The charity is changing its year-end to August and future financial statements will report on a September-August basis. The audited financials for F2021 and F2020 are for the entire year (January to December).

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 31, 2023 by Kiara Andrade.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 24.3%22.0%21.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 19.6%13.1%11.1%
Total overhead spending 43.9%35.1%32.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 119.0%112.1%62.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,531,9482,769,1913,085,670
Goods in kind 1,4343,1840
Government funding 5,54494,514450,000
Special events 43,181174,03737,708
Investment income (43,057)58,60225,083
Other income 001,200
Total revenues 1,539,0503,099,5283,599,661
Program costs 990,1401,627,2051,795,750
Administrative costs 384,608670,327770,276
Fundraising costs 308,820384,907346,642
Total spending 1,683,5682,682,4392,912,668
Cash flow from operations (144,518)417,089686,993
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 1,767,3671,823,8301,126,633

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by ($6k) in F2022 and $6k in F2021. Ci adjusted for deferred casino revenue, affecting revenues by ($53k) in F2022, $91k in F2021 and ($19k) in F2020. Ci reported donated goods in kinds for F2022 and F2021 from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA. Ci reported net investment income under revenues. Ci reported loss from sale of capital assets in capital expenditure. The numbers for F2022 are for eight months while the numbers for F2021 and F2020 are for the entire year.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 20

Avg. compensation: $39,234

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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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001