201, 2120 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB T2N 3R7
CEO: Patty Kilgallon
President: David McKenzie

Charitable Reg. #:10691 4534 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/4]



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) 86 cents are available for programs.

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About Children's Cottage Society:

Founded in 1986, Children’s Cottage Society helps prevent harm and neglect to children in Calgary. Since opening, the charity has helped more than 67,500 children, with 3,504 of those children having been helped within the past year. Parents may seek help from Children’s Cottage Society for reasons including homelessness, poor physical or mental health, and family violence. The charity addresses the needs of families through five main programs: Crisis Nursery, Healthy Families, Brenda’s House, Housing, and Community Respite.

In F2018, Children’s Cottage Society’s Crisis Nursery program made up 31% of program costs. This program offers 72 hours of care for children up to 8 years old so that parents can destress or take care of a family crisis. Crisis Nursery was used by 1,354 children from 821 families during F2018. The most common reasons for parents using the Crisis Nursery were stress or exhaustion (30%), illness of the parent or a child (25%), and unstable housing (11%).

The second largest program in F2018 was Healthy Families, making up 22% of program costs. Childhood development is critical to lifetime success, so Children’s Cottage Society helps Calgarians with children under 3 to improve as parents. Home visitors tended to 442 families, representing an increase of 14% from F2017 family clients.

Brenda’s House made up 19% of total program spending. The house provides emergency shelter for up to 14 families experiencing homelessness. Families use private rooms, receive on-site childcare, and are assisted in finding stable housing. In F2018, 53 families with 129 children stayed at Brenda’s House.

Children’s Cottage Society allocated 19% of program spending to Housing. This broad program includes the subprograms of Rapid Rehousing, Home Links, HomeBridge, and Adaptive Case Management. All subprograms provide information and referrals to low-income families so that they can move to affordable housing and avoid homelessness. HomeBridge additionally provides one-time financial support to pay rent for families in crisis. Through case management, the charity provides support which is suited to the unique needs of each family being housed. In F2018, Children’s Cottage Society developed a toolkit to help community members identify and help families at risk of becoming homeless.

The Community Respite program made up 9% of program spending. Temporary childcare is provided as home visits, single-day daycare, or regular childcare coordinated with a licensed centre in Calgary. This program helped a total of 245 children from 160 families in F2018.

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Results and Impact

Ci has evaluated Children's Cottage Society to have Average impact based on demonstrated social impact per dollar spent. 

After using the Crisis Nursery, 95% of parents felt that they were better able to meet their child’s needs and 93% reported being less stressed. Of the children admitted to Crisis Nursery, 98% returned home.

Of participants in the Healthy Families programs, 77% improved their parenting knowledge which will allow them to teach children emotion control, stress management, and other critical skills.

All families exiting Brenda’s House found permanent housing; 58% in subsidized housing, 24% in market housing, and 18% in other places such as living with family or moving to a reserve.

Most families involved with the Housing program either remained housed or found new stable housing, specifically 74% from Rapid Rehousing, 78% from Home Links, and 100% from Adaptive Case Management.

Of the parents who opted for home visits in the Community Respite program, 88% reported being less stressed since the visits began and 97% feel more prepared to be a parent. After using the single-day childcare, 100% of parents were less stressed.

Impact Rating: Average

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Children’s Cottage Society is a medium-sized charity with total donations of $3.6m in F2018. The charity received $2.9m in government funding, representing 44% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues less investment income, and fundraising costs are 8% of donations. For every dollar donated, 86 cents go to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. Children’s Cottage Society has funding reserves of $2.9m which could cover program costs for 6 months.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Children’s Cottage Society for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 8, 2019 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.1%5.5%4.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.5%6.4%7.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 49.3%50.3%58.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,5933,2303,156
Government funding 2,9152,8842,826
Special events 71073
Investment income 106122(32)
Total revenues 6,6856,2366,023
Program costs 5,8155,5085,368
Administrative costs 404333284
Fundraising costs 274206256
Cash flow from operations 193188115
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 2,8692,7703,153

Note: Ci included investment income affecting revenues by $106k in F2018, $122k in F2017, and ($32k) in F2016. Amortization has been removed from program and administrative costs relative to facility expenses of each.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 62

Avg. Compensation: $69,201

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 F2018

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Website: www.childrenscottage.ab.ca
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