Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

3228 South Service Road, Suite 113E
Burlington, ON L7N 3H8
President & CEO: Peter Coleridge
Board Chair: Edwin Palsma

Charitable Reg. #: 11880 8740 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Youth
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

Grade: B+

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

Full-time staff #17

Avg. Compensation $89,255

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 6
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada:

Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada (BBBS) offers a mentorship program, with the goal of ensuring that “every child in Canada who needs a mentor, has a mentor.” Its mission is to provide Canada’s young people with the highest quality, volunteer-based mentoring programs. BBBS’s mentors serve as role models, teaching by example the importance of giving back, staying in school, and respecting family, peers and community. Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada has many mentoring programs, including individual, in-school and group mentoring programs. BBBS operates through 112 agencies across Canada, serving 1,100 local municipalities. In F2015, BBBS helped 40,641 children through its various mentoring programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada is shifting its focus from Big Brothers and Big Sisters Mentoring programs towards Group Mentoring programs. In F2015, 23% of BBBS's kids participated in one-on-one programs, down from 45% in F2007. Meanwhile, in F2015, 50% of BBBS's kids participated in group programs, up from 15% in F2007. 

Big Brothers and Big Sisters Mentoring programs provide one-on-one mentoring sessions, with two regularly scheduled outings a month and a minimum of a 1 year commitment. In F2015, 3,926 boys (down 10% from F2012) and 5,211 girls (down 6% from F2012) participated in BBBS’ individual mentoring programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters' In-School Mentoring program runs within school grounds, with mentors engaging mentees in board games, crafts and play. In F2015, 11,189 children (down 12% from F2012) participated in the In-School Mentoring program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters' Go Girls! Group Mentoring program offers girls aged 12 to 14 activities focused on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The program consists of 7 sessions held in school facilities over a 7 to 10 week period. BBBS’ Game On! Group Mentoring program offers boys and young men information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. The program consists of 7 core sessions and 4 extension modules. In F2015, 20,191 children (up 20% from F2012 and 513% from F2007) participated in BBBS’ Group Mentoring program.

Financial Review:

Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada is a medium-sized charity, with donations and special events revenues of $4.4m in F2015. Its administrative costs are 11% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 7% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 82 cents is put towards its programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity’s funding reserves of $1.5m result in a program cost coverage ratio of 37%. This means that it can cover 4 months of its annual programs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 26, 2016 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.9%12.1%12.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.0%5.4%5.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 36.9%27.2%18.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,1923,3813,273
Fees for service 1,0559831,080
Special events 1,1718471,054
Investment income 111213
Total revenues 5,4295,2235,420
Program costs 3,9644,2874,514
Grants 21610145
Administrative costs 588633669
Fundraising costs 263227230
Cash flow from operations 398(25)(39)
Funding reserves 1,5421,193863
Note: Ci has used the fundraising expenses reported in the charity's T3010 in this report. Ci has adjusted amortization of capital assets and amortization of intangible assets affecting expenses by ($11k) in F2015, by ($40k) in F2014, and by ($38k) in F2013.

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