Momentum Community Economic Development Society

16-2936 Radcliffe Drive SE
Calgary, AB T2A 6M8
Executive Director: Jeff Loomis
Board Chair: Greg Pocherewny

Website: www.momentum.org
Charitable Reg. #: 88379 3218 RR0001
Sector: Social Services
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

Grade: B+

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

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Fair

Full-time staff #49

Avg. Compensation $79,777

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 7
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Momentum Community Economic Development Society:

Established in 1991, Momentum Community Economic Development Society offers training and opportunity to people living in poverty in Calgary.  The charity believes that people can get out of poverty by strengthening five key assets, which include: connections, self awareness, necessities, knowledge, and finances.  On an individual level, the charity offers training in job skills, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy; and on a community level, the charity trains community organization and not-for-profit staff on how to teach financial literacy. It also works with community organizations to influence policies and reduce poverty. 

Momentum Community Economic Development Society provides training and services to individuals through three main programs: starting a business, managing and saving money, and getting employed. In F2017, Momentum helped start 54 new businesses, including renovations, cleaning, catering and restaurants, and technology repair businesses. The same year, it worked with 310 matched-savings participants to save over $400,000. The charity helped participants buy 331 assets, including 131 for self education, 36 toward tools used for work, 46 for education for a child, and 8 for family homes. Job employment programs trained 72 people for a trades career.

Through its work as a partner of the Calgary Financial Empowerment Collaborative, Momentum helped 11,420 Calgarians lower their debt and increase their savings and filed 8,445 tax returns through tax clinics that led to $3.7m in tax refunds to low-income Calgarians.

Momentum Community Economic Development Society offers programs for organizations, teaching financial literacy to not-for-profit staff that work with people living on low incomes and teaching community organization staff about Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) and how creating greater access to post-secondary education can reduce poverty. In F2017, Momentum worked with over 70 community agency staff to help them use its financial literacy curriculum within their own organizations.

Results and Impact: Momentum conducted a study on 18 to 34-year-old entrepreneurs that went through Momentum’s business training, coaching, and/or business loans to start businesses. The 2016 study detailed that 78% of respondents are still operating their business, and of those that are not, 71% are currently employed full-time. In F2017, Momentum helped create 122 jobs by providing 77 businesses with loans. A 2017 study on the program teaching financial literacy to staff of non-profit organizations revealed the following: 85% of respondents feel prepared to teach basic financial literacy to their clients and 81% of participants still use the material, with 15% using it weekly. In F2017, Momentum focused on raising awareness and providing alternatives to high-credit businesses, which often charge interest over 35%. The charity’s advocacy work was represented in Bill 31: A Better Deal for Consumers and Businesses Act, which improved consumer protection laws in Alberta and included the first regulation of high-cost credit services.

Financial Review:

Momentum Community Economic Development Society is a Medium-sized charity with $4.8m in donations in F2017. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 3% of donations. For every dollar donated, 89 cents go to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  The charity has funding reserves of $6.6m, which can cover just under 11 months of program costs, indicating a need for funding. Spending on capital assets was significantly higher in F2017 at $494k, compared to $191k in F2016 and $33k in F2015. Of total capital asset spending, 54% went toward equipment and 46% toward leasehold improvements, but more details were not found.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Momentum Community Economic Development Society for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 6, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201720162015
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.4%9.0%9.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 2.7%1.9%2.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 89.2%89.0%90.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201720162015
Donations 4,8415,0484,218
Government funding 3,8573,0172,743
Fees for service 593388558
Investment income 816980
Total revenues 9,3728,5237,599
Program costs 7,4416,8095,850
Administrative costs 783758735
Fundraising costs 12993101
Cash flow from operations 1,018862912
Funding reserves 6,6356,0575,320
Note: The charity's F2017 T3010 filing was not posted on the CRA's website when this profile was created, and compensation information is based on the charity's F2016 T3010 filing. Ci included deferred revenues in donations, increasing revenues by $439k in F2017, $436k in F2016, and $512k in F2015.

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