Wellspring Calgary

1404 Home Road NW
Calgary, AB T3B 1G7
CEO: Patti Morris
Board Chair: William (Bill) Gilliland

Charitable Reg. #:80901 3675 RR0001


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



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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) 79 cents are available for programs.

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About Wellspring Calgary:

Founded in 2006, Wellspring Calgary aims to address the emotional, social, and restorative needs of people living with cancer and their caregivers. The charity offers over 40 programs to meet these needs. Programs are free, available without referral, and offered at two locations in Calgary: Carma House and Randy O’Dell House, which opened in September 2019.

Wellspring Calgary has four primary ‘wellness’ pillars for its programs: Core & Educational, Expressive Arts, Movement & Meditation, and Caregiver & Self-care. Besides these pillars, the charity also has young adult programs, one-on-one programs, energy session programs, bereavement programs, financial help programs, a speaker series, and program resources. Anyone over 18 years old with cancer can become a Wellspring member for free access to all programs, resources, and services.

In 2019, Wellspring Calgary served 1,449 members and 402 non-members in F2019. Wellspring Calgary delivered 40,035 program hours. According to the charity, 37% of program hours were devoted to movement/mediation, 24% to expressive arts, 14% caregiving/self-care, 13% to external groups, and 12% to education. 

In F2019, Wellspring Calgary concluded a fundraising campaign that raised $13.2 million, above the campaign goal of $12.9 million. In F2020, Wellspring Calgary announced a new fundraising campaign to another $8.4 million: $3 million for operations, $2 million for Carma House renovation and naming, and $3.4 million for an endowment. 

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Results and Impact

Wellspring Calgary conducts annual surveys on its members. In F2019, 97% of members gained skills and knowledge to address their needs, 95% of members can manage stressful situations better, and 99% of members agree that Wellspring helps them feel less isolated. The total number of respondents was not stated in the charity’s annual report.

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Wellspring Calgary is a Medium-sized charity, receiving $3.8m in donations and special events revenue in F2019. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues and fundraising costs are 15% of donations. For every dollar donated, 80 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $12.1m can cover 7.0 years of annual program costs.

The charity spent $4.1m on capital expenditures in F2019, $2.3m in F2018, $116k in F2017. Expenses primarily relate to the construction of Randy O’Dell House.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Wellspring Calgary for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 17, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.2%3.8%11.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.3%11.9%34.5%
Total overhead spending 20.5%15.7%45.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 699.0%859.8%888.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,711,5233,541,340902,426
Goods in kind 56,66617,6502,090
Government funding 0012,500
Special events 1,080,717688,958570,241
Investment income 315,421267,727286,204
Other income 5,5497,0514,813
Total revenues 4,169,8764,522,7261,778,274
Program costs 1,734,5711,562,8641,490,782
Grants 050,0910
Administrative costs 201,484161,725169,462
Fundraising costs 580,301504,325507,546
Total spending 2,516,3562,279,0052,167,790
Cash flow from operations 1,653,5202,243,721(389,516)
Capital spending 4,101,7802,341,530115,771
Funding reserves 12,124,67613,868,31813,238,056

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred contributions and excluded amortization of deferred contributions, affecting donations by $541k in F2019, $2.0m in F2018, and ($306k) in F2017. Ci included endowment contribution in donations, increasing revenues by $17k in F2019, $2k in F2018, and $2k in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 10

Avg. compensation: $90,525

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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Charity Contact

Website: www.wellspringcalgary.ca
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