P.O. Box 92507
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 3X4
CEO: Laurie Szymanski
Founder: Glori Meldrum

Charitable Reg. #:84568 3168 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


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) 87 cents are available for programs.

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About Little Warriors:

Founded in 2005, Little Warriors works to increase awareness, prevent, and treat the effects of child sexual abuse. The charity is based in Alberta but does not limit its services to Albertans. Little Warriors reports that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys experience an unwanted sexual act. Of all reported sexual assaults, 60% of victims are children. Little Warriors runs two programs: Be Brave Ranch and Prevent It!.

In F2020, Little Warriors allocated 94% of total program spending to Be Brave Ranch. Be Brave Ranch is a treatment centre for children who have been sexually abused. The treatment begins with a 28-day stay at the Ranch for children aged 8-12 and a 12-day stay for children aged 13-16. Throughout the year, children return to the Ranch for three additional 12-day stays. Children and their families work to limit the lasting trauma resulting from abuse. In F2020, 60 children aged 8-12 and 64 children aged 13-16 received treatment at Be Brave Ranch. Of these 124 children, 79 were from Alberta and 45 were from other provinces.

Little Warriors spent 6% of total program costs on its Prevent It! workshop in F2020. The Prevent It! workshop teaches adults how to prevent sexual assault and identify behaviour changes that indicate assault has occurred. Participants can attend a three-hour, in-person workshop or access a 90-minute online version. In F2020, 3,531 adults completed Prevent It! courses.

Recent News: In 2020, Little Warriors announced the development of Be Brave Bridge. Be Brave Bridge is an online program that connects counsellors with child sexual assault victims to provide them with timely mental health support.

See also Statistics Canada's Daily for 2021 sexual assault: a total of 685 Category 2 and Category 3 sexual assaults reporting in 2021

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Results and Impact

An article published in the Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2020 examined the results of Be Brave Ranch treatment. The study examined 27 adolescent females after one round of 12-day treatment at the Ranch. The research found that the treatment reduced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety by 20%, and improved participants’ quality of life and self-esteem by 20%.

In F2019, Little Warriors had 124 children and youth at its ranch for programs. This is $28,100 per child or youth served, the total cost per program participant.

Little Warriors reports that of 312 surveyed participants of Prevent It! workshops, the number of people actively taking steps to prevent child abuse increased from 78 before the workshop to 150 after, and the number of people looking for evidence of abuse increased from 144 before the workshop to 253 after. The survey was conducted in 2016.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Little Warrior’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Little Warriors is not financially transparent. Ci received audited financial statements after making a formal request from Canada Revenue Agency. F2019 figures reflect the most recent information Ci received.

In F2019, Little Warriors received total donations of $3.4m. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 5% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 13%. For every dollar donated, 87 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Little Warriors has $4.5m in funding reserves. Little Warriors could cover 151% or one and a half years of annual program costs with reserves.  

Charity Intelligence sent an update of this report to Little Warriors for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 14, 2021 by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.6%2.6%8.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.7%9.1%4.3%
Total overhead spending 13.4%11.7%12.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 150.8%200.8%158.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 3,410,4303,319,1062,227,422
Fees for service 39,75663,18927,581
Investment income 41,24219,7737,527
Other income 280,646420,262323,195
Total revenues 3,772,0743,822,3302,585,725
Program costs 3,000,9952,194,7222,019,428
Administrative costs 322,04797,047221,356
Fundraising costs 161,246302,42595,635
Total spending 3,484,2882,594,1942,336,419
Cash flow from operations 287,7861,228,136249,306
Capital spending 81,36990,89515,537
Funding reserves 4,525,1184,407,0003,197,037

Note: Ci reported administrative and fundraising costs from the charity's T3010 filings with the CRA. The charity's F2019 salary information filed with the CRA only indicates the salaries of the top three earners at Little Warriors. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 31

Avg. compensation: $56,944

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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