Union Gospel Mission

601 East Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6A 1J7
President: William B. Mollard
Board Chair: Teresa Black Hughes

Website: www.ugm.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 13190 2348 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Homeless
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 #136

Avg. Compensation $46,374

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 3
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Union Gospel Mission:

Founded in 1940, Union Gospel Mission (UGM) works in the areas of poverty, homelessness, and addiction. It provides a range of services through seven locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission. Services include meals, shelter, outreach, alcohol and drug recovery, education and job preparation, affordable housing, and programs for children and families. In 2011, UGM opened a new six-storey facility in the Downtown Eastside to significantly increase its capacity. The new building has 72 shelter beds, 37 affordable housing units, extended meal capacity and a live-in drug and alcohol recovery program. In F2014, the charity served 321,681 meals and provided 28,483 shelter beds.

UGM controls the Union Gospel Housing Society, the Union Gospel (Heatley) Housing Society, and the Union Gospel Mission Foundation. The Union Gospel Housing Society and Union Gospel (Heatley) Housing Society each operate two social housing projects. The B.C. government partially funds three of the projects and fully funds one. Established in 2001, the Union Gospel Mission Foundation exists to raise, distribute, and administer funding and support for the Mission.

Financial Review:

In F2014, UGM’s fundraising costs (including public education costs in F2014) were 24% of donations and administrative costs were 8% of total revenues. For every dollar donated, 68 cents goes to the cause. This is within Charity Intelligence's reasonable range. UGM’s funding reserves at the end of F2014 were ($5.5m) due to a mortgage of $11.8m showing a need for donations.

Updated July 16, 2015 by Yash Ahuja. 

August 21, 2017: Charity Intelligence is in process of updating this report. Union Gospel Mission and Union Gospel Mission Foundation are "related parties" and, as such, Charity Intelligence will be consolidating these two separate charities to give donors a complete and more accurate view of donations and funding reserves. Charity Intelligence has requested the audited financial statements of Union Gospel Mission Foundation and is waiting to receive this information.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.4%7.9%7.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.0%30.2%29.0%
Program cost coverage (%) (59%)(81.9%)(117.4%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 16,33713,57813,200
Fees for service 4795580
Other income 182164626
Total revenues 16,99814,30013,826
Program costs 9,3108,4508,051
Administrative costs 1,4191,1321,020
Fundraising costs 3,9214,0953,824
Cash flow from operations 2,348623932
Funding reserves (5,490)(6,918)(9,452)
Note: UGM does not consolidate the activities of its controlled entities.  Ci included the Foundation’s balance sheet in calculating the funding reserves of UGM. The charity did not break out fees for service from other income in F2012.

Comments added by the Charity:

The charity provided these comments for a previous version. Updated comments may be provided shortly.


UGM would like to clarify that its fundraising costs in 2011, as a percentage of donations, was 14%.  The audited financials indicate that $3,277,738 of expenses was for “Public Education and Resource Development”. Public education is an important “Program” function that involves communication with the public for the purpose of building awareness of the needs of community members and not for the purpose of soliciting funds. Since the pre-set titles in Charity Intelligence’s “Financial Summary” are fixed, they unable to account for the distinction that only the “Resource Development” portion is actually considered “fundraising”. Spending by UGM in 2011 on public education accounted for 11% of the 25% figure reported by Charity Intelligence. Readers are welcome to visit CRA’s website for more information about UGM and its finances.

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