Robb Nash Project

35 Newcombe Cres.
Winnipeg, MB R2J 4B8
CEO: Tom Hiebert
Board Chair: Len Penner

Charitable Reg. #: 82879 0303 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Youth
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: B+

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 upon request [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #5

Avg. Compensation $64,627

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 3
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Robb Nash Project:

Robb Nash, who is the lead singer of the Robb Nash band, founded Robb Nash Project in 2012 to help at-risk youth who struggle with depression, bullying, self-harm, addiction and suicide. Robb Nash suffered from major physical injuries and psychological issues after a life-threatening accident as a teenager. Once Robb recovered from issues related to anger and depression, he started up the Robb Nash Project to help at-risk youth overcome the same issues he faced and conquered. Robb Nash Project gives school presentations and concerts across Canada, designed to inspire students to make positive life choices.

Donor Update July 2017: On July 28, 2017, Ci was informed of Robb Nash Project's newest fundraising initiative to finance a new touring bus. The charity estimates the bus to cost under $500k, and is appealing supporters for either monthly contributions or a one time donation.  

Robb Nash Project aims to give at least 150 Robb Nash School Presentations and reach at least 60,000 youth each year in schools, detention centres and First Nations communities. During these presentations, Robb Nash talks about sensitive issues such as depression, suicide and substance abuse and the Robb Nash band gives music performances where the audience can connect to the lyrics.

Robb Nash Project visited Cross Lake, Manitoba in 2015 after the community suffered from six suicides within a three-month time span. Robb Nash received nine suicide notes from students and teachers who planned to take their lives but decided not to after attending the presentation. The charity’s 2016 newsletter reports that Robb Nash has collected 463 suicide notes since starting the Robb Nash Project six years ago.

A study conducted by the University of Calgary in 2015 evaluated Robb Nash School Presentations through teachers’ feedback after receiving a presentation. 67% of teachers saw a noticeable change in life choices with students after attending the presentation and 82% of teachers report that their students are more open when talking about their emotions.

Financial Review:

The Robb Nash Project is a small-cap charity with total donations of $564k in F2015. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 1% of donations. $0.09 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The Robb Nash Project holds interest-bearing debts of $221k, which exceed the charity’s liquid funding reserves of $16k in cash and cash equivalents. Net funding reserves of ($206k) cannot cover annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by the Robb Nash Project. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 27, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.5%6.3%3.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.2%9.5%0.0%
Program cost coverage (%) (35%)(33.3%)(20.1%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 563,884446,349540,339
Goods in kind 17,00000
Fees for service 18,98322,75317,401
Other income 2626,298375
Total revenues 600,129475,400558,115
Program costs 588,436474,284457,132
Administrative costs 45,15529,97421,419
Fundraising costs 6,90942,330239
Cash flow from operations (40,372)(71,188)79,325
Funding reserves (205,711)(157,770)(91,960)
Note: Ci did not include amortization of capital contributions, decreasing revenues by $66k in F2015, $33k in F2014 and $32k in F2013. Ci included deferred contributions received related to operations of $35k in F2015 and $8k in F2014 in total donations. Ci included deferred contributions received for capital assets in donated goods in kind. Ci used the charity’s T3010 CRA filing for expense figures. Amortization of capital assets has been backed out of program, administrative and fundraising costs based on % of total operating costs in F2015 and F2014.

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