800, 11012 MacLeod Trail SE
Calgary, AB T2J 6A5
President & CEO: Mike Meldrum
Board Chair: Sandy Edmonstone

Charitable Reg. #:89383 4697 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) 40 cents are available for programs.

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About Calgary Health Foundation:

Calgary Health Foundation is a 1-star charity. It has a C+ results reporting grade, which is below average. For every dollar donated, 40 cents are available to go to the cause, which is outside Ci's reasonable range. Its reserve funds can cover over nine years of program costs. 

Founded in 1996, Calgary Health Foundation (CHF) unites donors, hospitals, health care providers, and community partners in Calgary. CHF raises funds for equipment and capital projects, research, and education programs at hospitals and health centres in the Calgary area. It grants directly to Alberta Health Services (AHS), which distributes funding across Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, South Health Campus, and 12 Carewest long-term care sites. It also funds research projects at the University of Calgary.

In F2023, Calgary Health Foundation granted $17.2m in cash and $40k in goods in kind for Capital Project and Equipment, Research, and General and Education programs. Grants to AHS cover capital projects and equipment and general programs and education program spending. In F2023, CHF granted $13.2m to AHS. Grants to the University of Calgary covers research program spending. In F2023, CHF granted $3.1m to the University of Calgary. $854k was granted to other organizations in F2023. 

CHF has released its audited F2023 financial statements, but not its F2023 impact report. As such, Ci used data from F2022 for results reporting.

Capital Projects and Equipment: In F2022, Calgary Health Foundation funded 17 different equipment and capital project programs. The charity reports that its funding provides over 2,200 percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures each year. CHF also funded equipment for more than 6,400 diagnostic angiography procedures each year.

Research: The charity highlighted five research projects it funds. Calgary Health Foundation invested $1.8m to six projects to advance the care of high risk-pregnancies and complications at birth.

General Programs and Education: In F2022, CHF funded art, music, and horticultural programs at Carewest to enhance wellness and therapy for residents. CHF provided 256 referrals to community agencies representing health, housing, and substance use treatment in F2022.

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Results and Impact

Due to the funding of an additional operating room, the Peter Lougheed Centre can perform an additional 1,000 surgeries each year for the next ten years.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Calgary Health Foundation’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Calgary Health Foundation received $10.8m in donations and special events revenue in F2023. It received $427k of donated goods and $24k in government funding from Alberta Health Services. Donated goods include rent received from the government. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 52% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 60%. For every dollar donated, 40 cents are available to go to the cause, which is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CHF has funding reserves of $181.5m, of which $24.5m is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, its funding reserves can cover 985%, or nine years and 10 months of annual grant costs. 

In F2022, Calgary Health Foundation paid $3.3m to external fundraisers. These fundraisers collected $36.4m revenue. The cost of raising a dollar via external fundraisers was 9 cents. This rate is similar for the previous three years.

In F2023, CHF ran a lottery. The lottery brought in $35.4m in revenue and $21.1m in expenses. $14.3m (40% of revenue) was retained after expenses.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Calgary Health Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 7, 2023 by Liam Chapleau.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.4%4.7%6.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 52.0%49.7%59.8%
Total overhead spending 60.5%54.4%66.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 985.1%1,557.7%847.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,8139,9408,242
Goods in kind 427424410
Government funding 241622
Lotteries (net) 14,32116,91113,829
Special events 953464382
Investment income 1,9243,57117,469
Total revenues 27,46231,32740,353
Grants 17,15911,00218,526
Donated goods exp 4015524
Administrative costs 2,1521,2971,524
Fundraising costs 5,6015,1745,160
Total spending 24,95217,48825,734
Cash flow from operations 2,51013,83914,620
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 181,479176,764170,177

Note: Ci accounts for lotteries on a net basis. As such, both revenue and expenses are decreased by $21.1m in F2023, $19.4m in F2022, and $18.4 in F2021. CHT reported a $3.1m decrease in deferred revenue from lotteries and events. Since the charity did not report a breakdown of deferred funding, Ci was unable to adjust for deferred donations. Ci included unrealized gains (losses) in investment income, affecting revenues by ($4.1m) in F2023, ($3.1) in F2022, and $14.2m in F2021. Ci reported investment income net of investment management fees, affecting revenues and expenses by ($367k) in F2023, ($256k) in F2022, and ($247k) in F2021. To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted grants by changes in both accounts payable to Alberta Health Services and disbursements payable to grant recipients. This affected expenses by $1.9m in F2023, $472k in F2022, and $5.7m in F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 31

Avg. compensation: $95,830

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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Charity Contact

Website: www.calgaryhealthfoundation.ca
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