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]

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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Good

Full-time staff #96

Avg. Compensation $78,137

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Calgary Urban Project Society:

Founded in 1989, Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) helps people in Calgary overcome poverty through health, education and housing services. In F2016, CUPS served 9,364 people across its three core programs, up 8% from F2015. Based on total operating costs in F2016, CUPS spent an average of $1,460 per person.

A Charity Intelligence 2017 Top 10 High Impact Charity

Calgary Urban Project Society runs education programs for children, adults and parents. Education made up 30% of program costs in F2016. CUPS reached 325 adults in its parenting program and 339 children in its One World education program in F2016. CUPS analyzed the outcomes of its One World program for kids aged 3 to 6 in its 2015 Community Impact report. The charity determined that on average, children entering the program were 1.5 grade levels behind their peers. After completing the program, children were on par with their peers.

Calgary Urban Project Society runs two health clinics for low-income adults and families in Calgary. It also provides outreach healthcare to six Calgary shelters. In F2016, health made up 34% of program costs. CUPS reports that its Health programs served 5,287 patients in F2015, adding up to 35,359 visits. In its F2016 annual report, CUPS claims that for every dollar invested into its health programs, there is a $19 social return on investment.

Calgary Urban Project Society runs three housing programs: Key Case Management, the Graduated Rent program, and Community Development. Housing made up 35% of program costs in F2016. CUPS housed 703 families in F2016 – 100 through Key Case Management, 390 through Community Development, and 203 through Graduated Rent. Also included in Housing services is the Crisis Intervention Fund (CIF), which helps people on the verge of utility disconnection or eviction with one-time financial aid of up to $400. In F2016, CUPS reports that CIF helped 356 households find housing or avoid eviction.

Financial Review:

Calgary Urban Project Society is a big-cap charity with donations of $6.5m in F2016. Administrative costs are 18% of revenues and fundraising costs are 6% of donations. $0.24 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity’s funding reserves of just under $2.0m can cover only 18% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Calgary Urban Project Society. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 31, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 17.7%17.3%19.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.3%11.2%14.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 18.1%21.9%29.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,5487,1385,198
Government funding 6,1376,2225,313
Investment income 0077
Other income 6321210
Total revenues 13,31713,48110,588
Program costs 10,89310,5539,132
Administrative costs 2,3622,3252,052
Fundraising costs 412802754
Cash flow from operations (350)(199)(1,350)
Funding reserves 1,9752,3072,712
Note: Ci reported government funding of $6.1m in F2016, $6.2m in F2015 and $5.3m in F2014 from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings and backed these amounts out of donations from the audited financial statements.  Salaries and benefits incurred for fund development employees of $161k in F2016, $137k in F2015 and $245k in F2014 have been backed out of program costs and added to fundraising. Ci adjusted for changes in deferred designated contributions, affecting donations by ($576k) in F2016, ($147k) in F2015 and ($1.9m) in F2014.

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