Aspen Family and Community Network Society
Calgary, AB T2E 8Y4
CEO: Shirley Purves
Board Chair: Bruce Edgelow
Charitable Reg. #: 11904 7017 RR0001
Grade: BThe grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Full-time staff #102
Avg. Compensation $66,656
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About Aspen Family and Community Network Society:
Founded in 1984, Aspen Family and Community Network Society (Aspen) works in Calgary and helps people overcome poverty to create better lives for themselves and their families. Aspen has 20 different programs and provides over 3,000 formal clinical services each year. The charity’s programs and research focus on three major areas: Youth, Family and the Community.
Aspen recognizes that children born into poverty are less likely to create successful lives for themselves as adults. To help break this cycle, Aspen offers eight Youth programs that aim to instil hope, build confidence and assist young people in accomplishing their goals to change their independent lives. Two programs include Youth Matters and Youth Transitions to Adulthood. Youth Matters is a program that takes place in schools and community centers in Calgary to help youth and young adults make smart, informed decisions about relationships, school, employment, housing and other important life choices. Youth Transitions to Adulthood helps young people transitioning out of foster care or community group homes build the skills they need to live independently.
The charity’s Family programs help families who are living in poverty and/or facing relationship problems. Aspen knows that if parents can’t provide the essentials of life for themselves, it impacts partners, children, grandchildren and future generations. One of its Family programs is Home-Stay Prevention, which works with families who are at immediate risk of homelessness. In F2016, the charity helped 155 families through its Home-Stay Prevention program.
Aspen’s Community programs educate Calgarians about resources available to them that help with issues such as poverty, homelessness and hunger. The charity works closely with other agencies, organizations and government to ensure people have access to the supports and resources they need. Its Hand-in-Hand Parent Link Centers provide a safe and supportive environment for families with children under the age of 6. Aspen has three Parent Link Centers in Calgary that offer programs such as clothing exchanges and nutrition courses.
Impact and Results: Aspen reported in its 2016 annual report that 93% of Youth Matters participants demonstrated increased skills/competencies towards a more sustainable livelihood. Additionally, 80% of eligible Youth Transition to Adulthood participants graduated from high school. Aspen also reported in its 2017 annual report that over the past 3 years, only 2 out of 351 families in the Home-Stay Prevention program needed to access shelters after graduation.
Aspen Family and Community Network Society is a medium-sized charity with donations of $3.4m in F2017. Aspen received $7.4m of government funding in F2017, representing 67% of its total revenue. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues and fundraising costs are 2% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.87 goes toward its programs, which falls inside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $223k can cover less than 1 month of annual program costs, indicating a strong need for donations.
This charity report is an update that has been sent to Aspen Family & Community Network Society for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on June 27, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending March
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||10.7%||9.5%||9.0%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||1.9%||1.7%||1.7%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||2.3%||5.7%||11.2%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Fees for service||193||153||225|
|Business activities (net)||54||64||82|
|Cash flow from operations||149||(349)||825|