P.O. Box 85058, Albert Park PO
Calgary, AB T2A 7R7
Executive Director: Leslie Hill
Board Chair: Simon Scott

Charitable Reg. #:11882 3483 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) 80 cents are available for programs.

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About Discovery House:

Founded in 1980, Discovery House (DH) helps women and children escape violence and live safely in Calgary. Discovery House estimates that one woman is killed by a current or former partner every six days in Canada. DH further states that one in four Canadian women will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime, and Alberta has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the country. Discovery House provides housing for women and children escaping abuse. It mainly acts as a second-stage shelter, providing a transition between short-term emergency shelters and long-term independent housing.

Discovery House uses a “housing first” model, meaning that they prioritize finding stable housing for families. Discovery House offers 19 secure apartment units and one single-family home. Discovery House reports that an average stay at its shelter is around seven months. Apart from its main shelter, DH also provides a Community Housing Program (CHP) that matches more than 100 clients to affordable rental homes each year. Discovery House states that clients stay in CHP housing for around 14 months on average. In F2020, the charity reports that it provided supportive housing to a total of 210 women and 423 children.

Discovery House provides families with additional services and support after they are safely housed. DH states that it assigns each family a case manager, a youth case manager, a mental health clinician, and a housing liaison. Discovery House provides mental health assessments, counselling, employment training, parenting classes, and financial planning.

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Results and Impact

In F2020, Discovery House reports that 104 women and 193 children transitioned out of DH housing and into independent, stable housing. Among its clients during the year, DH states that 80% of children under age five improved their emotional, social, and cognitive development. In addition, 76% of children reported decreased levels of stress, anxiety, and problematic behaviours.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Discovery House’s results and impact.

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Discovery House is a medium-sized charity with $2.1m in donations and special events revenue in F2020. It received $1.5m in government funding, representing 35% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 15% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 20%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 80 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Discovery House has $4.0m in funding reserves, of which $1.2m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, Discovery House could cover 81% or ten months of annual program costs.

Updated on July 31, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.1%4.6%4.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.4%13.4%10.9%
Total overhead spending 19.5%17.9%15.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 81.0%89.2%78.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,828,4711,888,7662,015,434
Government funding 1,544,4791,490,7591,533,090
Fees for service 402,975343,725198,970
Business activities (net) 131,590200,552203,098
Special events 290,577183,42896,901
Investment income 34,68534,48831,431
Other income 123,80438,3868,548
Total revenues 4,356,5814,180,1044,087,472
Program costs 3,621,3003,573,2553,950,664
Administrative costs 176,796189,732195,803
Fundraising costs 326,787276,751230,396
Total spending 4,124,8834,039,7384,376,863
Cash flow from operations 231,698140,366(289,391)
Capital spending 331,310106,978106,164
Funding reserves 4,036,8654,285,7344,208,049

Note: Ci adjusted for changes in deferred contributions relating to operations and capital assets. This affected donations and total revenues by ($401k) in F2020, $125k in F2019, and ($96k) in F2018. Ci reported strategic planning in administrative costs. Ci reported salaries associated with fundraising from the charity’s financial notes as fundraising costs, and removed the amounts from program costs. Ci typically reports lotteries and business activities net of expenses. However, Ci reported gaming and facilities revenues (gross of expenses) in business activities, based on information available from the charity’s financial statements.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 49

Avg. compensation: $51,252

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 F2019

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.discoveryhouse.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001