CKUA Radio Foundation

9804 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0C5
CEO: Marc Carnes
Board Chair: J. Lindsay Hood

Charitable Reg. #:11877 6830 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 66 cents are available for programs.

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About CKUA Radio Foundation:

CKUA Radio Foundation is a 3-star charity. It has a B- results reporting grade, which is average. For every dollar donated, 66 cents go to the cause.

Founded in 1927, CKUA Radio Foundation (CKUA) is an Alberta broadcasting service working to connect a community of music, arts, and culture enthusiast through broadcast and events. It is Canada’s first public broadcaster and is the 13th-most-listened-to radio station in Edmonton according to PPM data by Numeris. CKUA broadcasts over 16 FM frequencies across Alberta as well as on its website and mobile app. The CKUA library consists of 1.5 million albums that were created over the past 140 years.

CKUA Radio is on air 24 hours a day, every day of the year. CKUA schedules different programs throughout the week and broadcasts different genres including country, classical, jazz, bluegrass, reggae, hip hop, dance, and rock music. In F2022, CKUA produced over 200 interviews with musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, writers, festival producers, choreographers, and actors. Festival Radio is a subprogram where the charity showcases music from a festival in Alberta each week of the summer. 11 on-air episodes, 37 interviews, and three bonus articles were released as part of Festival Radio.

CKUA Radio Foundation launched its OnDemand feature on August 13, 2022. OnDemand is a program that allows users to listen to CKUA programs online at a time of their choice. CKUA OnDemand was made possible due to the vision and finances of an anonymous individual.

In F2022, CKUA launched its first 50/50 raffle in an attempt to increase revenues proportionally to expenses. After expenses, the raffle netted $95k of surplus for the charity.

CKUA Radio studios occupy two heritage buildings in Alberta: The Alberta hotel (first built in 1883, then later rebuilt), and the National Music Centre (formerly the King Edward Hotel, one of the first hotels built in Calgary). The charity tries to further connect the community to its history and invites people to come to visit these spaces and learn about them.

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Results and Impact

CKUA supports independent Alberta artists and helped launch the musical careers of k.d. lang, Jann Arden, and Bruce Cockburn. One of CKUA's long-time radio hosts, Holger Petersen, has won 15 Juno Awards and six Grammy nominations for his work in the music industry. He also has a membership in the Order of Canada for contributions to Canadian culture, Media Person of the Year at the National Maple Blues Awards, and Best Public Radio Broadcaster from the Blues Music Association in Memphis (the first time a non-American received that recognition). In 2019, Holger was inducted into the Folk DJ Hall of Fame.

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).  

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CKUA Radio Foundation had donations of $3.6m in F2022. The charity received $487k in government funding, representing 9% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues and fundraising costs are 19% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 34%. For every dollar donated, 66 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity has ($839k) in reserve funds. This is due to a $6.0m interest bearing debt that has yet to be repaid. As such, CKUA’s program cost coverage ratio is negative.

In F2022, CKUA paid external fundraisers $29k to collect $318k in donations. As such, it cost CKUA $0.09 to raise $1 using external fundraisers.

CKUA Radio Foundation has $2.2m in externally-endowed funds. These funds are endowed by The Calgary Foundation and the Edmonton Community Foundation. Ci has no reason to believe the board of CKUA can control these funds.

Updated on May 29, 2023, by Liam Chapleau

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.3%11.6%15.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 19.4%14.1%8.8%
Total overhead spending 33.7%25.7%24.1%
Program cost coverage (%) (95.6%)(104.7%)(119.5%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,6183,7024,557
Goods in kind 2883
Government funding 487473105
Lotteries (net) 9500
Business activities (net) 1,2611,192849
Other income 131969
Total revenues 5,4765,3955,662
Program costs 3,3292,9853,304
Donated goods exp 2883
Administrative costs 780626864
Fundraising costs 702522402
Other costs 300266277
Total spending 5,1144,4064,930
Cash flow from operations 362990732
Capital spending 197(238)0
Funding reserves (839)(963)(1,972)

Note: Ci reported government funding using the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Ci was unable to report business revenues net of cost. Ci does not account for amortization of deferred revenue, which was $331k in F2022 and $363k in F2021. Ci accounts for lotteries on a net basis. As such, both revenues and expenses are decreased by $148k in F2022. Ci accounts for grants and donations the year they were received. This affected grants received by $168k in F2022, $90k in F2021, and ($50k) in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 34

Avg. compensation: $53,490

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 F2022

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001