Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area

10135 89 Street
Edmonton, AB T5H 1G1
Executive Director: Liz O'Neill
Board Chair: DeAnn Hunter

Charitable Reg. #:11880 8799 RR0001


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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) 81 cents are available for programs.

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About Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area:

Founded in 2011, Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area (BGCBigs) supports children in the Edmonton area through mentoring and after school programs. By combining the Boys and Girls Clubs model with that of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the charity claims that it can provide programs that encourage physical, emotional, and academic success. In F2017, BGCBigs programs worked with over 5,300 kids.

BGCBigs’ community mentoring program pairs each child with an adult mentor based on common interests. The pair meet for one hour per week, doing activities such as riding bikes, skating, reading, working on homework, cooking, and playing video games. The mentor serves as a positive role model and provides support for the child. BGCBigs runs a variation of the program where a child is matched with two mentors, an adult couple. The Queer Youth Mentoring program specifically matches youth who identify as LGBTQ+ with an adult who will understand the unique challenges faced by the youth.

BGCBigs operates nine community clubs and five school-based clubs which run drop-in programs for kids between 6 and 18 years old. The clubs give out snacks or hot meals, providing a safe place for kids to go after school. Adult mentors also volunteer their time during school hours, helping elementary students with reading and homework, or guiding high school students to reach their academic goals.  


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Results and Impact

Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area reports that kids with a mentor are 80% more likely to graduate high school and 78% less likely to rely on social services as an adult.

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Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area is a medium-sized charity, with donations and special events revenue of $3.6m in F2017. The charity received $2.8m in government funding, representing 36% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 15% of revenues and fundraising costs are 4% of donations. For every $1 donated, 81 cents go to the cause, falling well within Ci’s reasonable range. BGCBigs has $7.3m in funding reserves, of which $32k is donor-endowed. Funding reserves could cover 1.4 years of program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 24, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.0%2.1%11.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.9%7.2%5.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 136.2%111.4%151.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,5562,4013,645
Government funding 2,8122,4072,372
Fees for service 530530665
Lotteries (net) 715963989
Business activities (net) 646158
Special events 605780
Investment income 493837
Total revenues 7,7856,4587,847
Program costs 5,3586,0065,140
Administrative costs 1,157135929
Fundraising costs 141177220
Cash flow from operations 1,1301391,558
Funding reserves 7,3256,7217,837

Note: Ci has adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenue by $796k in F2017, ($106k) in F2016, and $1.3m in F2015. Ci has used administrative and fundraising expenses as reported on the charity’s T3010.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 85

Avg. Compensation: $52,308

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 F2017

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