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Calgary Humane Society

4455 110th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2C 2T7
Executive Director: Carrie Fritz
Board Chair: Miriam Carey

Charitable Reg. #: 11882 3632 RR0001
Sector: Animal Welfare
Operating Charity

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.

Full-time staff #77

Avg. Compensation $54,894

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Calgary Humane Society:

Founded in 1992, Calgary Humane Society (CHS) was Calgary’s first animal shelter. Since 2013, CHS is one of the only shelters that does not turn any animal away. Calgary Humane Society’s main programs include Animal Care & Comfort, Community Outreach, Animal Adoptions, and Animal Investigation & Protection.

In F2018, Calgary Humane Society’s Animal Care & Comfort program made up 50% of total program spending. In F2018, CHS took in 3,991 animals. This included 990 dogs, 1,981 cats, 317 rabbits and 703 others. This is a decrease from the 4,683 animals sheltered in F2017. Almost half these animals were surrendered by owners. The average length of stay was 21.1 days, decreasing from 22 days in F2017.

In F2018, Calgary Humane Society’s Community Outreach program made up 19% of total program spending. CHS reached 21,572 people through community events, corporate partners and other fundraisers in F2018. This is a 6% increase from 20,345 people reached in F2017. CHS introduced career camps in F2018 for children in grades seven to nine who are interested in animal-related careers.

In F2018, Calgary Humane Society’s Animal Adoptions program made up 13% of total program spending. Foster animal placements increased by 17% from F2017 to 1,825 animals in F2018. In F2018, CHS bought a new vehicle for remote adoptions called the Rover. Using the Rover, CHS reached over 21,000 people in F2018.

Results and Impact:

In F2018, CHS reported 83.4% of animals taken in were released alive while 16.6% were euthanized. In F2018, CHS increased its social media presence to share stories of animals it has helped. CHS’s #SayYesToRico Facebook campaign was shared 3,139 times and was seen by almost 350,000 people. This resulted in Rico the dog finding a permanent home 63 days later.  

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Calgary Humane Society’s results and impact.

Financial Review:

Calgary Humane Society is a ­medium-sized charity, with total donations of $4.5m in F2018. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues and fundraising costs are 18% of donations. For every dollar donated, 71 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $19.5m can cover annual program costs for 3.5 years.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Calgary Humane Society. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 21, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.4%8.4%8.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.7%12.8%13.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 342.6%337.4%312.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,4645,7595,357
Government funding 0247315
Fees for service 1,7752,1511,891
Investment income 1311,913522
Total revenues 6,37010,0708,085
Program costs - Canada 5,7015,8495,567
Administrative costs 712683615
Fundraising costs 792736700
Cash flow from operations (834)2,8021,203
Funding reserves 19,53019,73817,376
Note: Ci did not report non-cash gains on sale of tangible capital assets, decreasing revenues by $500 in F2016. In F2017 and F2016, Ci gathered provincial government funding figures from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings and backed the amounts out of donations. The F2018 T3010 CRA filing was not available at the time of this profile update. Ci backed out salaries related to fundraising activities from total salaries reported in program costs and included the amounts in fundraising costs.