9908 106 Ave
Edmonton, AB T5J 2L8
Executive Director: Bruce Reith
Board Chair: Grant Eliason

Charitable Reg. #:11896 2851 RR0001


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

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Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 71 cents are available for programs.

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About Hope Mission:

Founded in 1929, Hope Mission is a Christian charity working with people who are poor, homeless, or struggling with addiction. The charity operates in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, and Wetaskiwin with each location delivering a different set of services such as emergency shelters, long-term housing, kids’ summer camps, addiction recovery programs, a health centre, and a 24/7 rescue van.

Hope Mission reports distributing more than 1,000 meals for free in Edmonton each day at a cost of $2.70 per meal to the charity. More than 600 people can use emergency shelter beds in Edmonton with an additional 70 beds set aside for those under severe influence of alcohol or drugs. More than 140 spaces are available for longer-term housing at the Edmonton Green Manor, Hope Mission Centre, and Immigration Hall buildings.  

The charity reports feeding hundreds of children at schools and in after-school programs in Calgary and Wetaskiwin. At Brightwood Ranch, Camp Hope, and Bethany Homes, children can attend overnight and day camps. Most of the youth attending are from single parent, foster, and group homes.

All Hope Mission employees must sign a statement of faith, agreeing to seven core beliefs of Christianity including: “The Scripture of the Old and the New Testament are inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing and are of supreme and final authority in faith and life” and “Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true Man”. Despite this policy, the charity reports receiving $8.8m in government funding in F2017.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has rated Hope Mission as Low on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Charity Intelligence has scored Hope Mission as a zero in financial transparency because the charity failed to provide full financial statements when requested. The financial analysis completed by Charity Intelligence uses the most recent financial statements available to Ci, through a request to the CRA, at the time of writing this report.

Hope Mission is a large charity with donations of $8.9m in F2017. The charity received $8.8m in government funding, representing 46% of total revenue. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues less investment income, and fundraising costs are 15% of donations. For every dollar donated, 71 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Hope Mission has $8.4m in funding reserves which could cover seven months of program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Hope Mission for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 30, 2019 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.8%10.1%9.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.3%20.2%25.8%
Total overhead spending 29.1%30.2%34.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 62.3%23.9%35.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,9267,6554,645
Goods in kind 254534
Government funding 8,7659,61012,749
Fees for service 551179156
Business activities (net) 739814744
Investment income 262229
Other income 161209236
Total revenues 19,19118,53318,593
Program costs 13,54713,49214,440
Administrative costs 2,6421,8611,675
Fundraising costs 1,3661,5441,198
Total spending 17,55516,89817,312
Cash flow from operations 1,6361,6351,281
Capital spending 9801,6955,207
Funding reserves 8,4363,2275,050

Note: Ci included program revenue from Program for the Homeless, R. W. Tegler Youth Centre, Brightwood Ranch, Women's Centre, Bethany Homes, and Cagary Hope, increasing total revenue by $10.8m in F2017, $11.3m in F2016, and $11.7m in F2015. Ci removed amortization of deferred capital contributions, affecting revenues by ($1.0m) in F2017, ($998k) in F2016, and ($982k) in F2015. Ci has reported program costs gross less amortization rather than net, affecting expenses by $15.0m in F2017, $15.2m in F2016, and $16.1m in F2015. Designated projects, Bargain Shoppe expenses and cost recovery are included in program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 232

Avg. Compensation: $46,917

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 F2018

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Website: www.hopemission.com
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