TELUS Spark

220 St. George's Drive NE
Calgary, AB T2E 5T2
President & CEO: Jennifer Martin
Board Chair: Brent Allison

Website: www.sparkscience.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 11878 1079 RR0001
Sector: Education
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 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

Full-time staff #106

Avg. Compensation $50,019

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 7
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About TELUS Spark:

The Calgary Science Centre Society (CSCS), operating as TELUS Spark, is an organization committed to promoting the arts, science, and technology by providing fun-filled learning experiences. Its mission is to be a role model and force for innovation that drives positive change.

In October 2011, the CSCS moved to the New Science Centre, a $160 million, 153,000 square-foot location that was the first purpose-built Science Centre in Canada in over 25 years. In its first full year of operation at the new location, the CSCS welcomed over 383,000 visitors and exceeded its targets by 21% by attracting over 20,000 active annual members.  

In F2016, CSCS had its highest visitor count ever of 431,262 and exceeding F2015 by 15%. CSCS also had 22,435 active annual members in F2016, exceeding F2015 by 11%. SHIFT Lab, which is a school program linked to class curricula, was delivered to 82,000 students at TELUS Spark, and CSCS’s teacher training program helped reach over 4,000 students. Also in F2016, CSCS invested in 10 new exhibits for its “Being Human” gallery, and served as the host location for 16 City of Calgary Teachers Convention sessions.

Finally, CSCS partnered with 47 social service organizations to enable 14,500 people in F2016 to experience TELUS Spark who otherwise would’ve been unable to visit.

Financial Review:

The Calgary Science Centre Society is a medium-sized charity with $3.6m in donations in F2016. Its administrative costs are 6% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 8% of donations. For every dollar donated, 86 cents go towards CSCS’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $4.6m in funding reserves, resulting a program cost coverage ratio of 51%. This means that CSCS can cover about 6 months of its annual program costs using its existing reserves, indicating a need for funding.

This charity profile is an update currently under review by The Calgary Science Centre Society. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 21, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201520142013
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.3%7.0%6.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.0%11.5%16.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 51.1%55.6%41.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201520142013
Donations 3,6253,8574,660
Government funding 8,0477,9088,075
Fees for service 4,9464,4534,750
Business activities (net) 1,4001,3491,319
Other income 11698817
Total revenues 18,13317,66419,620
Program costs 9,0227,7928,346
Administrative costs 1,1411,2381,269
Fundraising costs 291445771
Cash flow from operations 7,6808,1909,233
Funding reserves 4,6064,3303,430
Note: Ci has reported Facility Rental revenues net of expenses, affecting both revenue and expenses by ($820k) in F2015, ($851k) in F2014, and by ($706k) in F2013. Ci has backed out amortization from program costs, affecting program costs by ($7.4m) in F2015, ($7.9m) in F2014, and by ($7.7m) in F2013. Ci has excluded Gain on Disposal of Tangible Capital Assets from expenses, affecting expenses by $10k in F2015.

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