Discovery House

P.O. Box 85058, Albert Park PO
Calgary, AB T2A 7R7
Executive Director: Monique Auffrey
Board Chair: Barbara Potter

Charitable Reg. #: 11882 3483 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Women
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

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

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #48

Avg. Compensation $70,085

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Discovery House:

Founded in 1980, Discovery House helps women and children in Calgary who are victim to domestic violence and need a place to stay. Domestic abuse is a rising problem in Calgary – the Calgary Police Service reported a 10% increase in domestic violence calls and a 24% increase in calls involving physical violence over 2015. Discovery House runs a Shelter program and a Community Housing program so that women and children can live safely. The charity reports that it sheltered 672 women and children in Calgary in 2015.

Discovery House’s Community Housing Program helps women and their children by first placing them in long-term, stable rental housing and ensuring their basic needs are met. Discovery House then works with the families by assigning them a support team consisting of a Case Manager, a Mental Health Specialist, a Child and Youth Support Specialist and a Housing Liaison. Each family can choose how much support they want to receive from the team. Discovery House reports that it helped 168 adults and 362 children through this program in F2015.

Discovery House’s Shelter program has 19 shelter apartments under 24-hour security. Women and their children can stay in these apartments for up to one year. Ci calculated that Discovery House sheltered 142 women and children through this program in F2015.

Discovery House’s clients can access therapeutic workshops, support groups, and child counselling services. In 2015, Discovery House ran 37 therapeutic workshops and 18 support sessions for its clients. It also reports starting 6 new programs in 2015, including art and play therapy and yoga for people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Financial Review:

Discovery House is a big-cap charity with donations and special events fundraising of $2.8m in F2015. Administrative costs are 6% of donations and fundraising costs are 8% of donations and special events. $0.14 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls well within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Discovery House has funding reserves of $4.6m, of which $1.2m are endowed. Non-endowed funding reserves can cover 79% of program costs, indicating a funding need.

Updated on August 26, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.8%4.6%7.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.3%7.9%8.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 106.2%107.9%137.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,568,0152,810,1702,090,588
Government funding 1,368,1841,260,2771,244,682
Business activities (net) 193,866204,505139,430
Special events 224,152174,27085,960
Investment income 43,97252,87243,212
Other income 52,6154,5825,295
Total revenues 4,450,8044,506,6763,609,167
Program costs 4,341,2813,994,1703,136,966
Administrative costs 257,216203,679272,950
Fundraising costs 231,840236,476192,098
Other costs 74800
Cash flow from operations (380,281)72,3517,153
Funding reserves 4,611,4864,308,6404,300,973
Note: Ci adjusted for changes in deferred contributions, affecting donations by ($680k) in F2015, ($363k) in F2014 and ($246k) in F2013. Ci recognized endowment funds received, increasing donations by $150k in F2014. Ci reported strategic planning in administrative costs. Ci reported salaries and benefits in program costs and allocated salaries related to fundraising as stated in the audited financial statements. Ci reporting gaming and facilities revenues, gross of expenses, in business activities.

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