CharityIntelligence Canada

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver

102 - 1193 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5V 3C9
Executive Director: Valerie Lambert
Board Chair: Stephanie Hollingshead

Charitable Reg. #: 10679 3722 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 for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #34

Avg. Compensation $49,347

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 8
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver:

Founded in 1978, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver’s (BBGV) mission is to “put a mentor into the life of every child who needs one.” BBGV’s mentoring programs serve 15 communities and include: Big Brothers, In-School Mentoring, Teen Mentoring, Game On!, Go Girls!, Between Generations Mentoring, Mentoring with Math, Quest Club, Sports Mentoring, and Aboriginal Mentoring.

In F2016, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver served 1,062 boys and girls through its programming, a decrease of 11% from F2015. However, BBGV’s 2015-2020 strategic plan outlines its objective to increase the number of children served by 3-5% annually each year until 2020. Also in F2016, BBGV placed 87 clothing donations bins and had 273,652 clothing donation pick-ups.

In July 2013, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) independently evaluated Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada’s programs. The report found that for every $1 invested in mentoring, there is an $18 return to society. BCG reports that the average investment required for a mentee over 3 years is $3,500. The report found that mentees generate $32,154 in additional tax revenue, $49,189 in increased consumption, $5,856 in additional charitable volunteering, and $890 in greater charitable giving. It also reports that mentees earn $315,000 more over their lifetime.

Financial Review:

Ci has consolidated the financial statements of Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver and Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver Foundation.

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver is a medium-sized charity with donations and special events revenues of $2.8m in F2016. Its administrative costs are 14% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 24% of donations. For every dollar donated, 62 cents go towards BBGV’s programs, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has funding reserves of $1.3m, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 66%. This means that BBGV can cover 8 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 Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated August 4, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending July
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.7%14.4%13.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.3%24.7%25.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 65.6%55.8%66.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,983,7111,871,3491,806,259
Goods in kind 94,42191,2590
Government funding 233,434234,228234,082
Special events 768,857858,808881,997
Investment income 24,20910,548166,498
Total revenues 3,104,6323,066,1923,088,836
Program costs 1,914,6911,987,6021,854,585
Administrative costs 423,174438,578383,542
Fundraising costs 668,901674,513683,780
Cash flow from operations 97,866(34,501)166,929
Funding reserves 1,256,7841,109,8071,223,525
Note: Ci has not broken out donated goods in kind for F2014 as the financial statements for the Foundation are not available.