220 St. George's Drive NE
Calgary, AB T2E 5T2
CEO: Mary Anne Moser
Board Chair: Sheila Leggett

Charitable Reg. #:11878 1079 RR0001


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

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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) 62 cents are available for programs.

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About TELUS Spark:

Founded in 1997, Calgary Science Centre Society, operating as TELUS Spark, is dedicated to the promotion of science and encouraging youth to pursue higher education and careers in science and technology. TELUS Spark brings people together to learn about art, engineering, math, science, and technology. Outside of regular operations, the charity runs two minority programs: education and community access.

In 2018, 370,256 people visited TELUS Spark, down 4% from 2017. In contrast to the decrease in visits, the charity increased its number of members by 27% to 27,641 in 2018. TELUS Spark also had 91,889 visitors to the dome theatre which was up 32% from 2017.

The education program gives people the opportunity to learn through a hands-on approach to workshops and exhibits. It had three subprograms: school workshops, camps, and learning for professionals. In F2018, more than 72,000 students and teachers participated in various workshops and projects.

The community access program is designed to remove financial barriers for people in need, allowing them to attend the centre. This program is broken out into four subprograms: Community Connections, Learning Connections, Summer Campership, and Canoo. Through Community Connections, TELUS Spark partners with local agencies to provide people in need with free tickets to the centre. Learning Connections provides subsidized school programs to schools throughout Calgary. Through Summer Campership, the charity gives free access to children to attend a week of summer camp. Lastly, Canoo provides new immigrants with free passes to access various attractions such as TELUS Spark.

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Results and Impact

Ci chose to highlight the following results: 

In F2018, Calgary Science Centre Society’s community access programs enabled 12,724 individuals to visit who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to.

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The Calgary Science Centre Society is a medium-sized charity with $1.1m in donations in F2018. Government funding of $5.1m and fees for service of $5.4m together made up 78% of total revenues in F2018. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 29% of donations. For every dollar donated, 62 cents go towards its programs. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity has $1.8m in funding reserves. Reserves can cover program costs for just over 2 months.

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

Updated August 20, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.1%8.3%7.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 28.7%25.0%17.4%
Total overhead spending 37.8%33.3%24.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 20.2%11.6%31.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,1251,5222,129
Government funding 5,0655,1277,283
Fees for service 5,3735,2396,238
Business activities (net) 1,7051,5781,471
Other income 14717884
Total revenues 13,41413,64617,205
Program costs 8,75010,3259,136
Administrative costs 1,2171,1251,259
Fundraising costs 323381371
Total spending 10,29011,83110,766
Cash flow from operations 3,1241,8146,439
Capital spending 129860667
Funding reserves 1,7651,2022,831

Note: Ci reconciled the charity’s T3010 filings with its audited financial statements to allocate expenses across program, administration, and fundraising in F2017, and F2016. This information was not available in F2018 and as a result, F2018 is not comparable. Ci is reporting facility rentals, and cafe and store retail net of expenses. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 126

Avg. Compensation: $43,445

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 F2017

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Website: www.sparkscience.ca
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