PO Box 1897
North Sydney, NS B2A 3S9
Executive Director: Barry Waldman
Board Chair: Janet Robinson

Charitable Reg. #:89214 9964 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) 95 cents are available for programs.

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About EPIC Society:

Founded in 1996, the Educational Program Innovations Charity (EPIC) Society aims to “advance marginalized learners through innovation, empathy, volunteerism, diversity, and partnership.” The charity’s head office is in North Sydney, Nova Scotia. EPIC focuses on the learning needs of Aboriginal, African-Canadian, and other Nova Scotia youth who lack the resources or support system needed for academic and social development. Its programs include the Youth Peer and Outreach program, Parents PEACE program, and scholarships and volunteerism awards. 

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EPIC’s Youth Peer program is an after-school one-on-one mentoring and tutoring program for youth ages 8 to 18. Mentors help youth overcome personal obstacles, guiding them through social activities and academic achievements. The program runs 5 days per week in Sydney, and one session per week in Glace Bay, Northside and New Waterford. The four locations collectively engaged 100 youth in 7,934 total hours of positive social and academic activities in F2020. The total number of tutor-mentor interactions over the 2019-2020 school year was 1,690, the highest in the program’s history. Most students continued to attend once the sessions moved online due to covid-19. 

EPIC Society’s Parents PEACE program is a weekly parenting workshop for caregivers with school-aged children. In F2020, an average of 6 caregivers attended each week. During the year, guest speakers covered topics such as adolescent mental health, bullying, addictions, anger management and teen sexuality. 

The charity also helps underprivileged youth by providing scholarships and volunteer awards. In F2020, EPIC society awarded 3 graduating high school students $500 each. The charity also provided 2 volunteerism awards worth $500 each to graduating post-secondary students. In F2019 EPIC introduced its $500 Humanity Award for one graduating high school student each year who demonstrates “boundless giving and treatment of others as winners of the human race.”

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Results and Impact

EPIC society reports that 90% of the youth it served in F2020 were high-risk.  

EPIC Society had staff members observe social behaviours related to 20 risk indicators over the course of a school year. It reports observing an average improvement in these risk indicators of 22% in F2020EPIC projects, based on its past data, that it will observe a 20-30% improvement in these indicators over the course of a school year. EPIC recognizes that it is not the direct cause of all changes in the child’s life and that, since members of EPIC score the assessment, there is bias involved. Therefore, EPIC reports directly causing a 10-15% improvement in wellbeing over the course of the year, half of the observed change.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Educational Program Innovations Charity Society's results and impact.  

Charity Intelligence has given EPIC an impact rating of High based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent. 

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Impact Rating: High

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EPIC Society is a Small charity with donations and special events revenue of $119k in F2020. It also received $61k of funding from the Province of Nova Scotia in F2020, representing 36% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 5% of total revenues. The charity does not report any fundraising costs, saying that its primary fundraising task is filling out grant applications, which is done by its unpaid executive director. For every dollar donated to the charity, 95 cents go to the cause. This is inside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

EPIC Society’s funding reserves of $103k can cover eight months of annual program costs, indicating a need for donations. 

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

Updated on June 30, 2021 by Asha McMullin

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.6%3.7%4.6%
Total overhead spending 4.6%3.7%4.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 68.7%50.2%87.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 118,317122,17997,648
Government funding 61,475113,68473,362
Special events 1,0571,7442,000
Investment income (9,570)1,0624,044
Total revenues 171,279238,669177,054
Program costs 145,609215,629141,726
Grants 4,0005,1003,300
Administrative costs 8,3868,7457,976
Total spending 157,995229,474153,002
Cash flow from operations 13,2849,19524,052
Funding reserves 102,747110,910126,878

Note: Ci included unrealized gains (losses) on investments in investment income, affecting total revenues by ($13k) in F2020, ($654) in F2019, and $14k in F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 2

Avg. compensation: $29,363

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.epiccharity.com
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