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University of Alberta

116 St. and 85 Ave.
Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3
President: David Turpin
Board Chair: Michael Phair

Charitable Reg. #: 10810 2831 RR0001
Sector: Education - University
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Results Reporting

Grade: A+

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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #6,216

Avg. Compensation $95,687

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 10
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About University of Alberta :

The University of Alberta (U of A) is a public research university located in Edmonton. It was founded in 1908 by Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first premier of Alberta, and Henry Marshall Tory, its first president. The U of A sits atop the North Saskatchewan River valley, North America's largest stretch of urban parkland. The university offers 200 undergraduate programs and 170 graduate programs. The U of A has been home to 71 Rhodes Scholars, the third most among universities in Canada.

U of A is home to 37,830 students from 143 countries. In the 2015-2016 academic year, 17% of undergraduate students and 38% of graduate students were international students. It has a faculty to student ratio of 1:21. In a survey issued to 2014 graduates, 90% reported being satisfied with their educational experience. Maclean’s University Rankings reports that standout programs at the university are Computing Science, Drama and Nanotechnology.

U of A alumni have collectively founded over 70,000 organizations globally, creating over 1.5 million jobs and generating annual revenues of nearly $350 billion. One-third of these organizations are non-profit or have a cultural, social or environmental mission. In a research study conducted in 2012, it was found that the University of Alberta had an economic impact of $12.3 billion on the provincial economy in F2010, which represented 5% of Alberta’s GDP in the same period.

Financial Review:

U of A received $132m in donations and non-government grants in F2016. Administrative costs, taken from the charity's T3010 CRA filing, are 20% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 5% of donations. For every dollar donated, 75 cents goes towards the University’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The university has funding reserves of $1.7b, of which $1.1b is donor endowed. Together, these can cover just under 18 months of program costs.  

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

Updated July 13, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 20.4%20.1%18.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.0%4.4%11.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 145.4%160.2%138.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 132,209149,195145,737
Government funding 1,139,4181,169,5541,079,670
Fees for service 316,795316,223496,402
Business activities (net) 100,90685,1810
Investment income 62,678102,19972,601
Total revenues 1,752,0061,822,3521,794,410
Program costs 1,186,3551,133,4151,234,924
Administrative costs 344,930344,930325,309
Fundraising costs 6,5806,58016,777
Cash flow from operations 214,141337,427217,400
Funding reserves 1,724,6071,815,8751,706,329
Note: Ci adjusted for deferred funding, increasing revenues by $7.8m in F2016, $93.0m in F2015 and $49.4m in F2014. Ci accounted for sales of products and services net of cost of goods sold affecting both revenues and expenses by ($95.7m) in F2016, ($101.4m) in F2015 and ($104.5m) in F2014.