Calgary, AB T2E 5T2
President & CEO: Jennifer Martin
Board Chair: Brent Allison
Charitable Reg. #: 11878 1079 RR0001
Grade: B-The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Full-time staff #106
Avg. Compensation $50,019
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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|$80k - $120k||7|
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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 are school programs linked to class curriculums 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.
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 RatiosFiscal year ending December
|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 StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Fees for service||4,946||4,453||4,750|
|Business activities (net)||1,400||1,349||1,319|
|Cash flow from operations||7,680||8,190||9,233|