Second Floor, 150 9 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3H9
President & CEO: Nicholas Bell
Board Chair: Lori Van Rooijen

Charitable Reg. #:10743 5695 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 1/5]



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) 68 cents are available for programs.

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About Glenbow Museum:

Glenbow Museum is a 1-star rated charity with large funding reserves that can cover program spending for over 6.7 years. It is financially transparent and has a below-average results reporting grade and overhead spending within Ci's reasonable range. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence’s report.

Founded in 1967, Glenbow Museum (Glenbow) is an art museum based in Calgary, Alberta. According to the charity, its 33,000 art pieces make it the largest public art collection in Western Canada. About two-thirds of the collection was created by artists from Calgary, Alberta and the rest of Canada. Aside from its collection, Glenbow Museum also operates a student education program, offering interactive learning experiences. The charity does not disclose how much it spent on each program.

In F2022, Glenbow hosted five exhibitions and 15,077 free admission tickets were booked. All exhibitions wrapped up on August 29, 2021, when Glenbow closed for renovations.

The education program is designed to engage with students through a hands-on learning experience. In F2022, Glenbow Museum delivered 63 in-school based and 25 virtual programs to 3,070 students. 76% of the school programs were focused on Indigenous history and culture.

Recent news: The city of Calgary committed $12.4m to Glenbow Reimagined – the charity’s renovation project. This increases the city’s total support for Glenbow to $37.0m. The museum has been closed for renovation since August 29, 2021.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence could not find any quantified outcomes on Glenbow Museum's website. This may not be a complete representation of Glenbow Museum's results and impact.

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

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In F2022, Glenbow Museum received $3.3m in donations. The charity also received $15.5m in government funding (63% of revenues). This includes $12.4m funded by the City of Calgary for Glenbow’s renovation project. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 32%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 68 cents go to the cause. Glenbow Museum’s total overhead spending is within Ci’s reasonable range.

Glenbow has $35.2m in reserve funds, including $23.9m in donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor-endowed funds, Glenbow can cover 6.7 years of its annual program costs with its reserves.

In addition to reported salary information, Glenbow reported that it paid $1.5m in professional and consulting fees in F2022, or 47% of total wages paid (up from $1.1m in F2021). Compensation figures for staff do not include these consulting fees.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Glenbow Museum. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 28, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.2%16.3%21.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.0%35.8%61.2%
Total overhead spending 32.1%52.1%82.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 674.6%562.1%425.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,2511,857971
Goods in kind 4,0762,7220
Government funding 15,5365,4613,991
Fees for service 61351,442
Business activities (net) 5(237)635
Investment income 2,2436,9151,134
Other income 2860133
Total revenues 25,20016,8138,306
Program costs 2,8793,4556,245
Donated goods exp 4,0762,7220
Administrative costs 1,4131,6111,514
Fundraising costs 844665594
Other costs 00403
Total spending 9,2118,4548,756
Cash flow from operations 15,9898,359(450)
Capital spending 34,4814,7722,348
Funding reserves 35,23935,93728,792

Note: Ci adjusted for amortization of deferred capital contributions affecting revenue by ($26k) in F2022, ($237k) in F2021, and ($30k) in F2020. Ci adjusted for the change in pledges receivable affecting revenue by $2.1m in F2022 and $840k in F2021. Ci included the ‘proceeds from the loan of provincial collections' (reported below the line) in revenue affecting revenue by $nil in F2022, $nil in F2021, and $250k in F2020. Ci recognized museum shop and rentals revenue net of expenses affecting revenues and expenses by ($18k) in F2022, ($395k) in F2021, and ($675k) in F2020. Ci included the costs incurred with the ‘closure of the library and archives division’ (reported below the line in expenses). Ci included donated artwork, affecting revenues and expenses by $2.2m in F2022, $683k in F2021, and $nil in F2020. Ci included donated cleaning services from the City of Calgary, affecting revenues and expenses by $1.9m in F2022, $2.0m in F2021, and $nil in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 22

Avg. compensation: $133,539

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