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Little Warriors

#328-11808 St. Albert Trail
Edmonton, AB T5L 4G4
Executive Director: Laurie Szymanski
Founder: Glori Meldrum

Charitable Reg. #: 84568 3168 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Youth
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: A-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Canada Revenue Agency [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #25

Avg. Compensation $54,141

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 2
$40k - $80k 8
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Little Warriors:

Founded in 2005, Little Warriors works to increase awareness, prevent, and treat the effects of child sexual abuse. The charity reports that up to 1 in 6 girls and 1 in 12 boys experience physical sexual assault as a child. Of all reported sexual assaults, 60% of the victims are children.

Little Warriors operates Be Brave Ranch in Sherwood Park, Alberta. In F2018, the charity worked with more than 100 children who each receive over 200 hours of therapy during a one-year period. Participants initially stay at the ranch for 28 days and return for three additional 12-day stays. Children and their families work to limit the lasting trauma resulting from abuse.

Little Warrior’s Prevent It! workshop informs adults of ways to prevent sexual assault and identify child behaviour changes that may indicate an assault has occurred. Participants can attend a three-hour, in-person workshop or access a 90-minute online version. In F2018, 3,351 adults completed Prevent It! courses.

Results and Impact:

An article published in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Behaviour in 2016 examined the effect of Be Brave Ranch treatment on PTSD symptoms. There were 35 children studied, of which 26 showed symptoms of significant PTSD on intake. After four weeks of treatment, 12 of the 26 children reported substantially fewer symptoms and were no longer identified as having significant PTSD symptoms.

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.

Financial Review:

Charity Intelligence has scored Little Warriors 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.

Little Warriors is a medium-sized charity with donations of $2.1m in F2017. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues less investment income, and fundraising costs are 9% of donations. For every dollar donated, 84 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Little Warriors has $3.2m in funding reserves which could cover program costs for 1.6 years.

This charity profile is an update that has been sent to Little Warriors for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 4, 2019 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.6%9.2%14.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.1%11.8%9.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 161.7%99.0%111.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,137,3811,980,4811,969,275
Fees for service 27,58123,20917,777
Business activities (net) 059,82359,540
Investment income 7,5276,35710,416
Other income 323,195417,978289,979
Total revenues 2,495,6842,487,8482,346,987
Program costs 1,976,6851,878,4971,566,430
Administrative costs 164,421228,579346,694
Fundraising costs 195,313233,771191,168
Cash flow from operations 159,265147,001242,695
Funding reserves 3,197,0371,860,4871,747,736
Note: Ci has adjusted for amortization of deferred capital contributions and gain on disposal, affecting revenues by ($90k) in F2017, ($106k) in F2016, and ($121k) in F2015.