First Alliance Church

12345 40 Street SE
Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6
President: James Paton
Board Chair: Dave Orr

Charitable Reg. #:10738 3721 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 97 cents are available for programs.

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About First Alliance Church:

Founded in 1967, First Alliance Church (FAC) empowers its members to believe the Bible is the truth and to reach the world with the love of Jesus. First Alliance Church follows the faith of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. First Alliance Church has two physical campuses in Calgary: FAC Deerfoot and FAC Southwest. First Alliance Church also has an online campus, FAC Online, which broadcasts weekly services on Facebook and YouTube.

FAC describes its programs in four main areas: Connecting, Growing, Sharing, and Serving.

First Alliance Church’s Connecting program includes the charity’s small support groups, community events, and online presence. In F2019, FAC reports that it formed 21 new small groups. During the year, 119 people attended grief support groups. The charity also received 6,743 online registrations and transactions in F2019, a 22% increase from the previous year.

FAC’s Growing program encourages church members to grow their faith through religious activities. In F2019, the charity states that it held a total of 169 baptisms. On average, 124 participants attended seasonal prayer retreats and 70 adults attended choir meetings in F2019.

The Sharing program encompasses various charitable activities, from sponsoring refugees to serving home-cooked meals. In F2019, FAC supported 81 refugee arrivals in partnership with churches in Alberta. The charity also funds local and global missions. FAC sent 64 people on short-term missions to Colombia, Thailand, Greece, Moldova, Austria, Germany, and Montreal in F2019.

FAC’s Serving program encourages its members to serve God by volunteering for their local communities. In F2019, the charity reported that 2,115 members volunteered at events. A total of 265 volunteers ran FAC’s DiscoveryLand program in 2019, which engages young children in activities and games during weekend services.

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Results and Impact

First Alliance Church reported 169 baptisms in F2019, including 38 children. The charity welcomed a further 44 children who were dedicated to the church. In total, 129 children reported accepting Jesus as their saviour.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of First Alliance Church’s results and impact.

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First Alliance Church is a Large charity, with $8.3m in donations in F2019. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues (less investment income). First Alliance Church does not report any fundraising costs. For every dollar donated, 97 cents go to the cause. This is not within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending, which recommends 65 to 95 cents going to the cause for each dollar.

FAC’s net funding reserves are shown as negative because its $1.5m in cash and recoverable taxes is exceeded by ($2.3m) in interest-bearing demand loans. When excluding interest-bearing liabilities, FAC’s gross funding reserves can cover 18% or 2 months of annual program costs.

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

Updated on June 10, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.9%2.8%2.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 2.9%2.8%2.9%
Program cost coverage (%) (10.1%)(20.3%)(24.9%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,3198,0588,220
Fees for service 776914755
Business activities (net) 313326959
Investment income 1241,712
Total revenues 9,4199,30111,646
Program costs - International 1,069932963
Program costs - Canada 5,7215,3525,288
Grants 1,3651,2951,341
Administrative costs 274260291
Fundraising costs 000
Other costs 110133188
Total spending 8,5387,9728,072
Cash flow from operations 8811,3293,574
Capital spending 215837716
Funding reserves (827)(1,540)(1,892)

Note: Ci reported administrative costs and grants to qualified donees from the charity's T3010 filings and backed out the amounts from program costs. Other cash expenses include interest expenses of $110k in F2019, $133k in F2018, and $188k in F2017, which were backed out of program costs. Ci reported alliance foreign missions, short-term missions, and global impact from the charity’s financial notes as international program costs rather than Canadian program costs. Ci backed out amortization from program and administrative costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 47

Avg. compensation: $84,700

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 F2019

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001