1715 – 17 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 5J1
CEO: Sue Tomney
Board Chair: Lara Murphy

Charitable Reg. #:10822 7927 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 87 cents are available for programs.

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About YWCA Calgary:

Founded in 1910, Young Women's Christian Association of Calgary (YW) is a member of the global YW network. As the longest-serving women’s organization in Calgary, the charity has been working to improve the safety and treatment of women for over a century. YW runs four main programs: transitional housing, counselling and family resources, crisis shelter and outreach, and language and employment services.

In F2021, YW allocated 37% of program spending to transitional and community housing and 26% to crisis shelter and outreach. Together, these programs work to support women leaving abuse or suffering from homelessness. The charity offers women short-term crisis shelter, long-term transitional housing, and three years of one-on-one guidance. Some housing is designated for single women, while other options provide space for moms and children. In October 2020, YW announced that it handed its community housing buildings to new service providers and will no longer provide support. The charity says it is glad to have provided long-term supportive housing for over 70 women before ending the program. YW continues to offer transitional housing services and emergency shelter.

Counselling, childcare, and family resource programs made up 29% of program spending in F2021. Counselling is available for women, men, children, and families to help them build healthy relationships, develop positive parenting skills, increase emotional stability, reduce stress, and heal from trauma. By offering flexible childcare, parents can work or access YW programming. In F2021, YW provided 600 hours of group counselling, 1,800 family outreach sessions, and 300 workshops for parents and families.

In F2021, YW allocated 7% of program spending to language and employment services. Through its Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program, YW provides basic English training. The charity provided 4,500 classroom hours in language instruction in F2021. Through its Women’s Economic Prosperity program, YW offers financial confidence and financial literacy courses to help women overcome economic disadvantages.  

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Results and Impact

YW surveyed clients after using YW’s services. Of the survey respondents, 24% reported increased financial stability, 21% reported more stable relationships, 13% reported more stable housing, 10% reported feeling more hopeful about the future, and 9% reported safer relationships. It is unclear how many people the charity surveyed and what programs they accessed.

The charity reports that after attending programming at YW, 83% of adult clients noted they could better understand their feelings, 72% improved their emotion regulation, and 91% identified they rarely had trouble controlling their behaviour when they were upset.

In F2021, YW launched its Mindfulicity program. Mindfulicity is a paid service for employers that teaches employees to build relationships and manage stress and conflict. YW surveyed Mindfulicity users and discovered that 100% recommend their employer purchase Mindfulicity, 86% felt better prepared to manage stress and uncertainty, and 94% were better at identifying thoughts and feelings.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Young Women's Christian Association of Calgary’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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In F2021, Young Women's Christian Association of Calgary had total donations of $8.5m. The charity also received $11.6m in government funding, representing 54% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues and fundraising costs are 8% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 13%. For every dollar donated, 87 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

YW has $28.0m in funding reserves, of which $147k is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, YW could cover 206% or over two years of annual program costs with reserves.

Charity Intelligence sent an update of this report to Young Women's Christian Association of Calgary for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 4, 2021 by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.1%4.4%4.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.9%8.1%11.9%
Total overhead spending 13.0%12.5%16.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 205.3%128.3%152.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,46014,83310,922
Goods in kind 00156
Government funding 11,5648,7539,283
Fees for service 1,2141,2211,455
Investment income 186439785
Other income 254650
Total revenues 21,44925,29222,650
Program costs 13,59914,80814,845
Administrative costs 1,0801,090991
Fundraising costs 6691,2061,301
Total spending 15,34817,10517,137
Cash flow from operations 6,1018,1885,513
Capital spending 1,0409,71230,291
Funding reserves 28,04919,14022,830

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 153

Avg. compensation: $69,764

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.ywcalgary.ca
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