9910 103 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5K 2V7
CEO: Martin Gaber-Conrad
Board Chair: Carman McNary

Charitable Reg. #:12243 7072 RR0001


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

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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) 87 cents are available for programs.

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About Edmonton Community Foundation:

Founded in 1989, the Edmonton Community Foundation encourages philanthropy and funds charitable activities. Through contributions from donors, the Foundation assembles and administers permanent pools of capital so the returns can be perpetually reinvested in its community. Through the Foundation’s Community Grants Program, it distributed $11.9m in grants in 2011 to charities representing arts, culture and heritage (13% of grants); education and learning (18%); human and social services (34%); health and wellness (17%); recreation and leisure (9%); and the environment and conservation (9%). Additionally, the Foundation gives Community Play Space Grants for the creation of public playgrounds; Young Edmonton Grants for youth groups on a wide ranging number of activities (such as street dancing and career fairs); and a number of scholarships for students.

The Foundation engages in Legacy Partnerships with charities to help charities develop the skills needed to build an endowment fund and structure a plan to engage donors. The Foundation also teams up with other community organizations on major initiatives, including the Social Enterprise Fund to help not-for-profit organizations develop their social enterprises, and the Edmonton & Area Land Trust to conserve natural environments for future generations, among others.

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Charity Intelligence can update this report on Edmonton Foundation, if there is sufficient donor interest.

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Administrative costs are 13% of revenues and fundraising costs are 0.2% of donations. The Foundation has funding reserves of $294m (including $281m of donor-endowed funds), which cover annual program costs 49.7 times. The Foundation had a net return on investment of 0.82% in F2011, and an average ROI of 7.71% since its founding in 1989. The Foundation paid 0.64% of the fair value of assets in investment counsel fees. It charged administration fees of 0.67% of the fair value of assets.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.3%11.9%11.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.2%0.1%0.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 10,000.0%10,000.0%10,000.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 16,80917,64417,776
Fees for service 13311494
Investment income 4,9947,1826,904
Total revenues 21,93624,94024,774
Program costs 738572
Grants 5,8396,2197,323
Donor-designated donations 5,4045,9549,032
Administrative costs 2,2552,1102,000
Fundraising costs 291823
Other costs 1,8661,7241,388
Cash flow from operations 6,4708,8304,936
Funding reserves 293,710269,659263,044

Note: Ci reported expenses gross of any items that offset expenses and added these items into revenue. This increased revenue and expenses by $826k in F2012 and $380k in F2011. The charity reported no fundraising expenses in its financial statements. However, the charity does report fundraising expense of $450k in F2011 and $74k in F2010 on its filling of the T3010. The breakdown between administrative, fundraising and program costs is based on our best estimate, as the charity does not provide a breakdown.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 12

Avg. Compensation: $98,158

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 F2011

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