Glenbow Museum

130 9th Ave S.E.
Calgary, AB T2G 0P3
Board Chair: Irfhan Rawji
CEO: Donna Livingstone

Charitable Reg. #: 10743 5695 RR0001
Sector: Arts & Culture
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

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

2016 2017 2018
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #48

Avg. Compensation $76,032

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 3
$80k - $120k 6
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

About Glenbow Museum:

Founded in 1966, Glenbow Museum welcomes people to come view their collection of artwork, cultural artifacts, and exhibits. The charity’s vision is to get more people interested in art and culture. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada, the museum focused its exhibits and programs around Canadian art and artists.  Outside of general operations, the charity runs an education program and a community access program.  In F2018, $6 million was spent on programs.  

Glenbow Museum aims to create a collection that engages people and tells a story. Glenbow Museum is constantly changing their collection and in F2018 the charity acquired 688 new pieces. In total the museums owns over 33,000 works of art. The museum welcomed 150,736 guests in F2018.

The education program is designed to educate school groups about art and culture through a hands-on learning experience. In F2018, Glenbow Museum hosted 329 schools with 52,062 participants in total.

Glenbow Museum’s community access program gives out complimentary tickets. This program serves people who are First Nations, Innuit or Metis, part of a low-income family, new to the country, and people who are a support worker to those with a disability.  In F2018, the program provided 26,961 people with free admission to the museum.

Financial Review:

Glenbow Museum is a medium-sized charity with donations of $2m in F2018. The charity also collected $1.2m from admissions and membership as well as $3.6m in government funding. Administrative costs are 17% of revenues and fundraising costs are 44% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, $0.39 go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Glenbow Museum’s funding reserves are $30.6m, which can cover program costs for 5 years. Ci did not exclude endowment funds from this calculation because the audited financial statements do not break out donor-endowed funds from internally-endowed funds.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Glenbow Museum. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 7, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.9%17.4%16.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 43.8%47.4%50.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 503.4%514.1%468.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,9951,3611,844
Government funding 3,5883,5883,588
Fees for service 1,2081,004977
Business activities (net) (39)(20)(35)
Investment income 1,0733,423(428)
Other income 462590387
Total revenues 8,2879,9466,334
Program costs 6,0835,8866,089
Administrative costs 1,2151,1321,105
Fundraising costs 873646923
Cash flow from operations 1152,282(1,784)
Funding reserves 30,62430,25828,509
Note: Ci recognized museum shop revenue net of expenses reducing revenues by $547k in F2018, $522k in F2017, and $510k in F2016. Ci recognized unrealized gains (loss) affecting revenue by ($12k) in F2018, 420k in F2017, and ($39K) in F2016.

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