Shaw Festival Theatre

10 Queen's Parade, Box 774
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Executive Director: Elaine Calder
Board Chair: Andrew M. Pringle

Charitable Reg. #: 11914 7882 RR0001
Sector: Arts & Culture
Operating Charity

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 available only upon request [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #64

Avg. Compensation $74,996

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 2
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Shaw Festival Theatre:

The Shaw Festival's (SF) namesake is the famed playwright George Bernard Shaw, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Its mandate is to produce plays written during or about the period of Shaw's lifetime (1856-1950). In 1962, SF first performed at the Court House Theatre. Today, SF still uses this theatre and three additional theatres: Festival Theatre (for large-scale productions), Royal George Theatre and the Studio Theatre, all located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

In 1985, SF established an academy to promote the informal exchange of skills among company members. Now, the Slaight Family Academy offers professional training, play development programs, and public enrichment activities. It also publishes house programs and other initiatives such as the translations of scripts.

In 2014 nearly 250,000 people attended SF productions, with 35% of the audience from outside of Canada.

Financial Review:

In F2014 administrative costs were 12% of revenues, while fundraising costs were 29% of donations. The organization has total funding reserves of $587k, which only cover 3% of annual program costs.

This financial analysis does not include the net assets and results of operations of the Shaw Festival Theatre Endowment Foundation.

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

Updated August 24, 2015.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending November
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.7%11.8%13.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 28.9%30.0%34.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 2.6%3.2%(2.2%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,3066,0205,523
Goods in kind 4449625
Government funding 1,8892,3072,601
Fees for service 19,07419,10316,666
Other income 187171165
Total revenues 27,50127,64925,580
Program costs 22,37121,42320,135
Administrative costs 3,2153,2683,473
Fundraising costs 1,8191,8031,916
Other costs 12250286
Cash flow from operations 84905(230)
Funding reserves 587691(450)
Note: Ci adjusted for the change in capital contributions, reducing total revenues by $383k in F2014, $675k in F2013, and $718k in F2012. Ci did not include unusual gains (interest expense recorded in prior years) in revenues, reducing total revenues by $575k in F2014.

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