Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary

731-13 Avenue NE
Calgary, AB T2E 1C8
CEO: Jeff Dyer
Board Chair: Shawn Cornett

Charitable Reg. #:10680 4669 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 76 cents are available for programs.

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About Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary:

Founded in 1939, Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary’s (BGCC) mission is to “provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.” BGCC served 19,688 children, youth, and families in F2016.

In F2016, Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary’s Food Insecurity and Hunger program served 666,561 meals and snacks. The Early Childhood programming supported 420 families. The Youth Employment programming helped 370 youth successfully obtain employment. 88% of the youth who worked with BGCC’s All in for Youth Success Coaches under its education program successfully graduated from high school or remained in school.  The Fusion program connected 86% of youth who were at risk of or experiencing homelessness to key supports. 82% of youth who stayed at BGCC’s Avenue 15 Youth Shelter are no longer homeless. BGCC helped 1,276 children develop social-emotional skills at its community clubs. Finally, 422 children received experiential learning at BGCC’s Camp Adventure.

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Charity Intelligence has consolidated the financial statements of Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary and Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary Foundation.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary is a big-cap charity with donations and special events revenues of $8.9m in F2016. Its administrative costs are 15% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 9% of donations. For every dollar donated, 76 cents go towards BGCC’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $9.0m in net funding reserves, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 55%. This means that the charity can cover just under 7 months of its annual program costs using its existing reserves, indicating a need for funding.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 24, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.6%14.7%14.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.2%9.7%7.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 54.5%63.4%68.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,5667,1477,557
Goods in kind 229128267
Government funding 10,79011,5039,628
Fees for service 335340440
Business activities (net) 363636
Special events 348325341
Investment income 129186121
Total revenues 20,43319,66718,390
Program costs 16,54315,93014,983
Administrative costs 2,9582,8612,673
Fundraising costs 820725622
Other costs 161717
Cash flow from operations 9613495
Funding reserves 9,01110,09710,241

Note: Ci has adjusted revenues to exclude amortization of deferred capital contributions relating to tangible capital assets from revenue, affecting revenues by ($681k) in F2016, ($654k) in F2015, and by ($626k).

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 192

Avg. Compensation $63,728

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 F2015

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Since 1939, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary (BGCC) has carried on a tradition of helping young people to discover, develop and achieve their full potential as adults, citizens and leaders. We are committed to transforming the lives of vulnerable children, youth and their families by providing safe places and offering services and programs designed to meet the evolving needs of our communities. Our organization works hard to counter community issues such as youth homelessness, child sexual exploitation, poverty, food insecurity, youth unemployment, literacy, discrimination and intergenerational trauma. We help children and youth build a positive sense of self through supportive relationships with staff and engaging activities that promote health and wellbeing, social and emotional competencies, a sense of belonging and skills for life.

We operate over 40 programs across the City of Calgary through five streams of services: Community Clubs and Experiential Learning, Education and Employment, Indigenous Initiatives, Community Based Care, and Youth Housing and Shelters. We have 300+ staff, plus another 300+ seasonal staff across Calgary, with an annual operating budget of 20 million. A total of 97% of our program operating dollars support services that target those who are economically disadvantaged. In 2016, our agency supported 19,688 unique children, youth and families.

Community Clubs and Experiential Learning Stream: Our programs mobilize communities in support of children and youth through child, youth and family-focused programs, community space and diverse support systems, volunteer and mentorship opportunities, enhanced arts, sports and recreation activities. We operate seven OST programs which focus on building life skills, positive relationships, and social and emotional competencies.

Education & Employment Stream: By providing a wide variety of programs, activities and creative supports, our innovative programs increase opportunities for children and youth to engage and succeed in educational and vocational settings. We achieve this by offering skill development programs, academic, vocational, and therapeutic supports, leadership opportunities, cultural awareness and self-expression activities.

Indigenous Initiatives Stream: We have a long history of working closely with the Indigenous community in providing specific and culturally appropriate programming for First Nations, Métis and Inuit children, youth, families and the broader community. Our Indigenous programs provide hands-on cultural experiences, elder involvement, health and wellness activities, traditional arts programs and youth mentorship.

Community Based Care & Support Stream: Our community-based residential care programs are for children and youth who have Child Intervention Status and cannot safely live at home. We provide foster care homes, group homes, and two specialized residential programs for youth at risk of or involved in sexual exploitation.  These programs work to promote safety, healthy attachments and relationships, developmental functioning and capacities, a positive sense of self and positive community connections.

Youth Housing and Shelters Stream: With the goal of helping homeless youth gain the skills to return to their families or to live independently in the community, our programs offer a comprehensive support system to help youth permanently end their experience of homelessness. We work to prevent youth homelessness through specific initiatives in support of vulnerable young people and their families including specialized housing programs for Indigenous and LGBTQ2S youth.

All our programs are grounded in the philosophy of positive youth development with an emphasis on approaches that are holistic, relational, culturally competent, strength-based, empowerment-focused and trauma-informed. We believe that the experiences and social contexts that promote optimal development in typically-developing children and youth are also the best ways to assist more vulnerable youth. Specifically, we believe that families and children require stable and supportive living conditions, supportive and nurturing relationships with significant adults, support for educational and later, vocational success, meaningful connection to the community, the opportunity to build skills and confidence through arts and recreation experiences, and the opportunity to enhance life and employability skills in supportive contexts.

This approach requires that we have already embraced the characteristics of creativity and flexibility as we pursue innovative and individualized ways of serving our communities, youth, children, and families. We have a commitment to service excellence and continual improvement that demands we make agile improvements to programs and models of services as needs change or as new evidence points us in new directions as we pursue best practices in our services. We have an almost 80 year history of doing so. We would welcome the opportunity to work together for this important purpose as we lay a firm foundation for youth self-sufficiency.




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