Art Gallery of Alberta

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1
Executive Director: Catherine Crowston
Board Chair: Leon Zupan

Charitable Reg. #:11923 0902 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


Audited financial statements available only upon request.



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) 72 cents are available for programs.

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About Art Gallery of Alberta:

Founded in 1924, Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is a museum in Edmonton focused on developing and presenting original exhibits of contemporary and historical art from around the world. AGA’s vision is to become the creative hub of Alberta and transform people’s lives through art. Outside of its general art exhibits, AGA runs educational workshops, art rental and retail services, and a travelling exhibition.

In F2019, Art Gallery of Alberta acquired 33 new works of art, bringing its total collection to 6,131 works. During the year, AGA ran 19 exhibitions that included the works of 117 artists. In F2019, Art Gallery of Alberta welcomed 88,046 visitors, including more than 3,700 AGA members.

The museum runs various arts education programs throughout the year, targeted at both children and adults. Art Gallery of Alberta states that it ran 665 education and learning programs in F2019, serving 13,877 participants. These included 423 school programs and 38 family programs. AGA’s other learning programs include weekend art classes, open workshops, and children’s camps.

For the past 60 years, Art Gallery of Alberta has run an Art Rental and Sales (AR&S) program. The program allows members of the public to acquire art for their homes or offices at affordable prices. In F2019, AGA offered 80 clients a rental selection from 150 local artists. Art Gallery of Alberta also supports local creators through its gift shop, which carries 35 Albertan product lines and 25 Canadian product lines.

The Travelling Exhibition (TREX) program helps Albertans view art in their own communities. TREX is a collaboration between five arts organizations and galleries, including the AGA, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Alberta Society of Artists, and Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre. In F2019, the TREX program received 101 bookings and 167,805 visitors.

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Results and Impact

Art Gallery of Alberta aims to increase access to arts programs and exhibits. It partners with the City of Edmonton to provide AGA All Access Thursday Evenings and free admission for children and local students. AGA reports that over 30,000 people attended exhibits for free in F2019. Art Gallery of Alberta also provides its Art for Lunch program for free, which offers 40-minute tours each month. In F2019, 118 visitors attended 11 monthly tours.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Art Gallery of Alberta’s results and impact.

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Art Gallery of Alberta is a medium-sized charity with $2.6m in donations and special events revenue in F2019, including $1.3m in donated art. AGA also received $2.7m in government funding, representing 39% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 18% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 28%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 72 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

AGA has net funding reserves of $3.3m, of which $1.4m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover 43% or five months of annual program costs.

This report is an update that has been sent to Art Gallery of Alberta for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated August 10, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.4%10.8%11.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.9%20.6%20.2%
Total overhead spending 28.3%31.4%31.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 43.1%58.2%60.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,1221,1791,203
Goods in kind 1,306376722
Government funding 2,6702,7012,548
Fees for service 507580636
Business activities (net) 207219251
Special events 176266282
Investment income 367(3)380
Other income 44923753
Total revenues 6,8025,5556,076
Program costs 4,4064,2764,035
Donated goods exp 1,306376722
Administrative costs 672599658
Fundraising costs 232297300
Other costs 112126
Total spending 6,6265,5705,743
Cash flow from operations 176(15)334
Capital spending 394165245
Funding reserves 3,2603,8363,782

Note: Ci reported retail services revenue net of expenses in business activities. This affected total revenues and other expenses by ($376k) in F2019, ($486k) in F2018, and ($391k) in F2017. Ci removed donated objects of art from donations to report them separately. Ci included donated objects of art as donated goods used in programs, affecting total expenses by $1.3m in F2019, $376k in F2018, and $722k in F2017. Ci reported program costs, administrative costs, and fundraising costs from T3010 filings with the CRA. Ci removed losses on asset disposal from program costs, affecting total expenses by ($10k) in F2019, ($nil) in F2018, and ($nil) in F2017. Ci removed interest expenses from program costs and reported the amounts as other costs. Ci removed amortization on a pro-rata basis from program, administrative, and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 27

Avg. compensation: $71,013

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 F2019

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001