Children's Cottage Society of Calgary

201, 2120 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB T2N 3R7
CEO: Patty Kilgallon
Board President: Stewart Gossen

Charitable Reg. #: 10691 4534 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - At-Risk Youth
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

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

Full-time staff #71

Avg. Compensation $52,634

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Children's Cottage Society of Calgary:

Founded in 1986, Children’s Cottage Society (CCS) helps prevent child abuse and neglect due to overwhelming family crises in Calgary. CCS runs five core programs to help families in need: Crisis Nursery, Brenda’s House, Healthy Families, Community Respite and Housing. When combining all core programs, CCS served 1,511 families in F2016.

Children’s Cottage Society’s Crisis Nursery program made up 33% of program costs in F2016. Crisis Nursery takes care of children up to 8 years old who are at risk of emotional and physical harm. Crisis Nursery can be accessed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Crisis Nursery cared for 1,333 children from 776 families in F2016. CCS states that 100% of parents who use this program live below the poverty line and 93% of parents report lowered stress levels due to the program’s services

Children’s Cottage Society’s Healthy Families program made up 24% of program costs in F2016. With this program, Home Visitors go to the homes of newborns and educate new parents on how to monitor their child’s growth and development. In F2016, Healthy Families helped 598 children from 314 families. CCS states that due to this program, 89% of parents reported better relationships with their children.

Brenda’s House made up 19% of CCS’s program costs in F2016. Brenda’s House offers emergency shelter for families on the verge of homelessness. It is a transitional shelter and rehousing program that supports families in search of permanent, stable housing. In F2016, Brenda’s House took in 120 children from 59 families, where the average length of stay was 101 days. CCS reports that 55% of families moved into subsidized housing after leaving Brenda’s House, while 28% moved to market housing and 9% moved to shared housing.

Children’s Cottage Society’s Housing programs made up 15% of program costs in F2016 – this includes Rapid-Rehousing, Emergency Placement and Homelinks. These housing programs helped 140 families in F2016.

The Community Respite program made up 9% of program costs in F2016 and offers short-term, temporary child care for parents in need. Community Respite offers a break and crisis child-care to families with children up to 12 years of age, including in-home infant support. There are three sub-programs: In-home Infant Respite, Child Care Respite, and Volunteer Daycare. Combined, Community Respite cared for 307 children in F2016.

Charity Intelligence has analyzed Children's Cottage Society since 2011 and has found it to be a consistently high-impact charity.  CCS is included in Ci's 2016 Canadian Charity Impact Fund, one of 10 charities with high impact in the social services sector.

Financial Review:

Children’s Cottage Society of Calgary is a medium-sized charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $3.2m in F2016. The Government of Alberta is a major funding source for the charity – it provided funding of $2.7m in F2016, which represents 45% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues and fundraising costs are 8% of donations and special events fundraising. $0.13 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls well within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity’s funding reserves of $3.2m can cover only 59% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Children’s Cottage Society of Calgary. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 31, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.7%5.9%6.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.0%2.6%2.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 58.8%58.1%54.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,1303,1582,753
Government funding 2,8262,9242,795
Special events 737068
Investment income (32)152167
Other income 085179
Total revenues 5,9966,3885,963
Program costs 5,3685,5015,094
Administrative costs 284366380
Fundraising costs 2568272
Other costs 046442
Cash flow from operations 88393(25)
Funding reserves 3,1533,1982,763
Note: Ci reported casino revenues in special event fundraising. Ci reported investment income, affecting revenues by ($32k) in F2016, $152k in F2015 and $167k in F2014. Ci adjusted for changes in deferred capital contributions and deferred donations, affecting donations by ($27k) in F2016, $70k in F2015 and ($375k) in F2014. Ci included insurance proceeds in other revenues, and maintenance and repair expenses in other costs.

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