Calgary Urban Project Society

1001 10 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0B7
Executive Director: Carlene Donnelly
Board Chair: Michael Lang

Charitable Reg. #: 13411 2515 RR0001
Sector: Social Services
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

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

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: High

Full-time staff #103

Avg. Compensation $66,035

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 3
$80k - $120k 6
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Calgary Urban Project Society:

Founded in 1989, Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) helps people in Calgary overcome poverty.  The causes of homelessness are complex. CUPS provides wrap-around programs to help the homeless and those at high risk of homelessness though health care, education, and housing. It works with people who are chronically homeless, who have lived on the streets and in shelters for more than 2 years. It also works with women in abusive relationships, especially those with young children. Homelessness is particularly hard on young children. The stress of witnessing their mothers abused can inhibit brain development, leading to falling behind in school. In F2017, CUPS served 9,250 people across its three core programs. 

A Charity Intelligence 2018 Top 10 Impact Charity

CUPS’ largest program is housing to people who are homeless or are at high risk of homelessness (36% of program costs). In F2017, CUPS housed 693 people. CUPS also gave $400 to 647 people for their first month’s rent, utility disconnection, or eviction notices, through the Crisis Intervention Fund.

In health programs (33% of program costs) CUPS runs two clinics for the poor. CUPS also provides healthcare assistance to six Calgary shelters. In F2017, 4,768 people used these CUPS clinics, making a total of 37,462 visits.

In education (30% of program costs) CUPS taught 282 adults parenting skills and had 528 children in its pre-k and daycare programs in F2017. It also provided full-day preschool and kindergarten programs for children 3 to 6 years old in its One World Child Development Centre.

Based on total operating costs in F2017, CUPS spent an average of $1,443 per person.

Results and Impact: In its F2017 Impact Report, CUPS stated 96% of participants in housing programs achieved stable housing. CUPS determined that 68% of its One World children who were socially-emotionally delayed reached average levels by the end of the school year. Charity Intelligence gave CUPS an impact rating of High for proven impact per dollar (see impact grid on the bottom right).

Financial Review:

Calgary Urban Project Society is a Large charity with donations of $7.2m in F2017. Administrative costs are 15% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 5% of donations. For every dollar donated, $0.80 goes to programs. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range.

CUPS has total funding reserves of $3.1m that can cover 28% of annual program costs. This shows a need for donations.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Calgary Urban Project Society for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 7, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.9%17.0%17.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.5%5.8%11.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 28.1%18.1%21.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 7,2107,1247,285
Government funding 6,2406,1376,222
Other income 749632121
Total revenues 14,19913,89313,628
Program costs 10,91010,89310,553
Administrative costs 2,1092,3622,325
Fundraising costs 326412802
Cash flow from operations 854225(52)
Funding reserves 3,0641,9752,307
Note: Ci reported government funding of $6.2m in F2017, $6.1m in F2016, and $6.2m in F2015 from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings and backed these amounts out of donations from the audited financial statements.  Salaries and benefits incurred for fundraising employees of $85k in F2017, $161k in F2016, and $137k in F2015 have been backed out of program costs and added to fundraising.

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