CharityIntelligence Canada

Calgary Homeless Foundation

Suite 1500, 615 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, AB T2G4T8
President & CEO: Diana Krecsy
Board Chair: Gerald Chipeur

Charitable Reg. #: 88084 6829 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Homeless
Public Foundation

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Results Reporting

Grade: A

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2016 2017 2018
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Good

Full-time staff #39

Avg. Compensation $86,715

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 3
$80k - $120k 6
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

About Calgary Homeless Foundation:

Founded in 1988, Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) creates a unified front to reduce homelessness in Calgary. The foundation funds agencies that support the homeless, conducts research on homelessness to inform program funding, advocates for policies that reduce poverty, and engages the community in the cause. In 2008, the Calgary Committee to End Homelessness selected CHF to implement Calgary's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, which concluded in F2018. The plan focuses on the Housing First model, which quickly moves homeless people into appropriate housing where they can work on the issues that contributed to their homelessness. 

In F2018, CHF funded 23 agencies operating 57 programs thadeal with homelessness. Programs funded by the foundation provided 2,092 supportive housing spaces to people in needThis year the foundation helped 820 new residents. Of these new residents, 178 were families, 69 were youth, and 573 were singles. 

Calgary Homeless Foundation conducts research on homelessness that affects programming and policy. In 2008, CHF created the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to track metrics that provide insights into the status of homelessness in Calgary. When a person is admitted into a shelter or home in any participating agencytheir age, health status, employment status and housing status are entered into the system. In F2018, 30 agencies and 90 programs were sharing data on HMIS, and the charity reports that the system is now regarded as one of the best of its kind in the world 

Results and Impact:

Ci highlights the following results and impact resulting from Calgary Homeless Foundation’s work. Since the start of Calgary's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness in 2008, over 8,000 people have been provided permanent housing with supports since 2008, reflecting a 15% decrease in homelessness in Calgary per 100,000 population. In addition, the foundation reports positive outcomes for the vulnerable Albertans it has served, with 90% of those housed achieving sustainabilityAn analysis of one-year of housing for 72 individuals with complex needs showed annual cost savings of approximately $2.5m.  

CHF conducts nationally and internationally recognized research to guide resource allocation for the highest impact. Thanks to data from the HMIS, Dr. Ali Jadidzadeh noticed that, although CHF was housing more people, chronic homelessness numbers remained the same. This led to reallocation of 50% of housing spaces to chronic shelter users, and in F2018, 109 people who had been chronically homeless in Calgary’s three biggest shelters were housed. 

Financial Review:

Calgary Homeless Foundation is a Major 100 charity, receiving $21.9m in donations in F2018. The charity also received $40.4m in government funding. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 4% of donations. For every dollar donated, 88 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. CHF has funding reserves of $21.5m, which can cover program costs for five months.  

This report is an update that was sent to Calgary Homeless Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated May 29, 2019 by Caroline McKenna.  

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.8%8.8%6.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.5%3.2%3.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 38.7%34.2%58.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 21,88220,30529,568
Government funding 40,42937,94738,689
Business activities (net) 01,5182,692
Special events 90057
Investment income 225138175
Total revenues 62,62659,90871,180
Program costs 01,0021,789
Grants 55,67849,45649,073
Administrative costs 5,4975,2274,831
Fundraising costs 778645903
Cash flow from operations 6733,57814,585
Funding reserves 21,52617,23429,839
Note: The charity’s audited financials do not break out general donations and government grants. Ci gathered government funding totals from the charity’s T3010 filings and removed these amounts from donations.