KidSport Calgary

3557 52nd Street SE
Calgary, AB T2B 3R3
Executive Director: Kevin Webster
Board Chair: Wilson Acton

Charitable Reg. #:Reg. Athletic Association


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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) 70 cents are available for programs.

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About KidSport Calgary:

Founded in 1995, KidSport Calgary is an amateur athletic association rather than a registered charity. It is eligible to issue donation receipts. According to a 2014 CIBC national survey, 1 in 3 Canadian children cannot afford to participate in organized sports due to high registration fees. Alberta has the highest costs of children’s sport in Canada; on average, Alberta parents spend $1,428 per child each year to participate in sports. 

KidSport Calgary is one of 177 KidSport chapters across Canada. Its mission is to make sure no child is on the sidelines because they cannot afford sport registration fees. KidSport Calgary is immensely proud that, with strong community support, it has always been able to fund every eligible application received. With the economic downturn in Calgary and the loss of funding partners, KidSport Calgary made the very difficult decision to fund all eligible applicants, but at reduced levels. The maximum financial aid was dropped from $500 in 2014 to $250 in 2016. For F2018 KidSport Calgary has raised the funding cap back to $375 per application.  

In F2018, KidSport Calgary & Area distributed over $1.62 million for sport registration fee assistance, which gave 5,647 kids (13% increase from F2017) the opportunity to participate in organized sportThe top 5 sports funded were soccer, gymnastics, hockey, basketball and martial arts.  

In October of 2018 the charity launched Goals for Kids, a website to support the efforts of some of its partners. The website, partnered with Calgary Flames Foundation and Canadian Pacific, features fundraisers for KidSport Calgary, including Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau’s pledge of $1,000 for every goal he scores. The charity also partners with Comrie Sports, which provided sports equipment for 2,604 kids at no cost. KidSport Calgary also offers no-cost sport opportunities to the wider community, providing free skate rentals at community and school rinks that more than 10,000 people used (a 14% annual increase). 

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Results and Impact

KidSport Calgary’s goal is to see kids more physically active. Through organized sports, kids build self-confidence, learn life lessons, and make new friends. These activities improve academic performance and build a strong healthy community. As of yet, KidSport Calgary does not measure these outcomes. Currently, there is a lack of evidence-based research on the impact of organized sports.

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KidSport Calgary is a medium-sized charity, receiving $1.3m in donations in F2018Administrative costs are 20% of total revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 10% of total donations and special fundraising events. For every dollar donated, 7cents go to KidSport’s programswhich is within Ci’s range for overhead spending. 

In 2018, KidSport Calgary had funding reserves of $994k, which can cover 58% of annual program costs. As an amateur athletics association, rather than a registered charity, KidSport Calgary is not required to file an annual T3010 return. Its salary information has been provided to Charity Intelligence and is not verified.  

Updated on June 27, 2019 by Caroline McKenna. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 19.9%13.9%8.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 10.0%9.9%15.8%
Total overhead spending 29.8%23.8%24.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 58.4%85.1%79.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,299,1161,538,4951,326,327
Government funding 0174,138272,185
Special events 531,843619,413485,555
Investment income 5,4943,3641,572
Total revenues 1,836,4532,335,4102,085,639
Program costs 1,701,4921,553,0161,259,237
Administrative costs 363,572324,726175,153
Fundraising costs 182,724213,550286,312
Total spending 2,247,7882,091,2921,720,702
Cash flow from operations (411,335)244,118364,937
Capital spending 29,64639,09848,550
Funding reserves 994,3031,321,5461,005,704

Note: To show donors consistent information, Charity Intelligence reports KidSport Calgary's donations when they are received rather than on a deferred basis. Charity Intelligence excludes amortization of deferred capital contributions, reducing revenues by $2k in each of F2018, F2017 & F2016.      Reference sources for impact of organized youth sports programs on academic performance, health, and building stronger communities: Bennett, Lipman, Robertson, "Effects of Sport and Elite Athletics on Child Development Outcomes", McMaster University 2008 Rochelle M Eime, Janet A. Young, Jack T. Harvey, Melanie J. Charity and Warren R. Payne, “A systemic review of psychological and social benefits 2013 International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2013 “Youth sport: positive and negative impact on young”  Merkle, Donna, May 31, 2013 Sports Medicine

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 3

Avg. compensation: $61

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 F2018

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Thank you, Charity Intelligence, for this thorough report and examination of our current financial and operational reporting.  This type of detail and transparency is critical for our organization and the many donors and partners who make it possible for KidSport Calgary to continue to support local families in breaking down financial barriers so their kids can participate, learn and play organized sports!  We are 100% community funded, so we want to ensure our donors, partners and event supporters have access to information to like this Charity Intelligence report to support their charitable giving choices and support of KidSport Calgary & Area.

Comment provided October 7, 2019

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