Calgary Homeless Foundation

Suite 1500, 615 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, AB T2G 4T8
President & CEO: Patricia Jones
Board Chair: Carey Mogdan

Charitable Reg. #:88084 6829 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years 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) 86 cents are available for programs.

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About Calgary Homeless Foundation:

Calgary Homeless Foundation is a 5-star rated charity. It has a high results reporting grade, a Good impact score, and acceptable overhead spending. The charity does not provide a breakdown of its spending on its programs. 

Founded in 1999, Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) grants to organizations that help people overcome homelessness and poverty. The charity conducted a Point-in-Time Count on September 27, 2022, and found that there were 2,782 people experiencing homelessness in Calgary.  

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

In F2023, Calgary Homeless Foundation granted $52.2m, down 27% from $71.1m in F2022. CHF’s T3010 filing with the CRA was not out at the time of this report but its F2022 filing provides detail on its grants for that year. In F2022 CHF granted to 36 agencies. The three largest grants were to Alpha House Society ($12.8m), The Alex ($9.9m), and Trellis Society for Community Impact ($6.3m). CHF’s T3010 filing was not out at the time of this report, so it is unknown how many organizations it granted to in F2023. In addition to its granting activities, CHF researches homelessness and advocates for policy to reduce homelessness.  

F2023 was the second year that Calgary Homeless Foundation ran its Coordinated Community Extreme Weather Response (CCEWR). CHF informed people about and transported them to seasonal warming locations. In F2023, the charity helped 1,685 different people visit warming locations. This includes 925 people that used the charity’s Shelter Shuttle service. CCEWR was successful so the City of Calgary decided to fund it for at least the next three years.  

Calgary Homeless Foundation also provides supportive housing for people in need. In F2023, the charity housed 2,493 people. This included 1,767 adults, 463 families, and 263 youth. The charity provides housing through assertive community treatment (for people with mental illnesses), place-based (concentrated in a specific area), and scattered site (spread throughout the city). Of the people housed, 1,643 (66%) were placed in scattered site housing.  

Finally, Calgary Homeless Foundation leads research on homelessness to impact programming and policy. In 2008, CHF created the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to continuously track data. When someone is admitted into a shelter or other housing arrangement, CHF records their age, health status, employment status, and housing status. HMIS allows CHF to adapt its programs based on changing needs in Calgary. 

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Results and Impact

From 2008 to 2018, Calgary Homeless Foundation led a 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. At the end, CHF reported a 32% decrease in homelessness in Calgary (per capita) since January 2008. The plan helped build almost 600 housing units and 2,275 Housing First program spaces.  

In F2019, Calgary Homeless Foundation conducted a study on its work and found that it helped reduce the use of public services in Calgary. Its work helped decrease incarceration rates by 75%, police interactions by 74%, and hospital stays by 45% for clients of the charity’s funded programs. 

In F2023, Calgary Homeless Foundation helped 1,076 people achieve independence. Of these people, 348 transitioned from supportive housing and to independent housing. The others transitioned into alternative housing such as rent-subsidized apartments, addiction treatment facilities, or family homes. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Calgary Homeless Foundation's results and impact. 

Charity Intelligence has given Calgary Homeless Foundation a Good impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Good

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Calgary Homeless Foundation received $1.4m in donations in F2023. The charity also received $65.8m in government funding, accounting for 96% of total revenue. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 6% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 14%. For every dollar donated, 86 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

CHF has reserve funds of $32.2m, which can cover annual program costs for just over seven months. 

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

Updated June 22, 2023 by Clive Stevens.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.1%7.2%5.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.7%2.7%0.0%
Total overhead spending 13.9%9.9%5.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 61.8%31.2%38.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,4122,7714,450
Government funding 65,82769,52687,311
Special events 000
Investment income 1,091150205
Total revenues 68,33072,44791,967
Program costs 52,18171,14575,914
Grants 000
Administrative costs 5,4605,2215,183
Fundraising costs 81740
Total spending 57,72276,43981,097
Cash flow from operations 10,607(3,993)10,870
Capital spending 199390
Funding reserves 32,22722,16929,230

Note: Prior to F2023, Calgary Homeless Foundation’s audited financials did not break out general donations and government grants. Ci previously gathered government funding from the charity’s T3010 filing and its annual report and removed these amounts from donations. At the time of writing this report, CHF’s T3010 filing for F2023 was not yet available. Prior to F2023, the charity reported no program costs and only grants but now it reports only program costs and no grants. Calgary Homeless Foundation states that "program costs are disbursed through grants." Ci adjusted for changes in grants payable affecting expenses by ($691k) in F2023, $64k in F2022, and ($124k) in F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 44

Avg. compensation: $90,596

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

This comment was added on August 26, 2023:

Calgary Homeless Foundation’s F2023 financial statements report at a level that provides transparency by breaking out government grants general donations and fundraising expenses. Additionally, they clearly report what funds are distributed as program costs. Prior to F2023, Calgary Homeless Foundation’s audited financials did not break out general donations and government grants. Ci previously gathered government funding from the charity’s T3010 filing and its annual report and removed these amounts from donations. At the time of writing this report, Calgary Homeless Foundation’s T3010 filing for F2023 was not yet available. Calgary Homeless Foundation’s program costs are disbursed through grants. To reflect this, Ci adjusted for changes in grants payable affecting expenses by ($691k) in F2023, $64k in F2022, and ($124k) in F2021 in its prior period reporting.

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