Aspen Family and Community Network Society

2609 - 15 Street NE, Suite 200
Calgary, AB T2E 8Y4
CEO: Shirley Purves
Board Chair: Bruce Edgelow

Charitable Reg. #:11904 7017 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 86 cents are available for programs.

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About Aspen Family and Community Network Society:

In 2020, Aspen Family and Community Network Society merged with Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary to form Trellis Society. As such, this charity profile will no longer be updated.

Founded in 1984, Aspen Family and Community Network Society (Aspen) works to support single parents, new immigrants, Indigenous Peoples, children, youth and families in the Calgary area. Aspen focuses on three major program areas: family, youth, and community.

Aspen recognizes that when families struggle with poverty and other social challenges it can have a lasting negative impact on children. By improving access to food, affordable housing, and financial literacy coaching, Aspen grants families with the necessary skills and supports to be successful. Programming works with families to prevent or escape homelessness and provides foster care services to ensure that children are placed in safe, nurturing, and supportive homes.

With eight youth-focused projects, Aspen aims to break unhealthy patterns of low education, poor health, social isolation, and lack of support networks that young people inherit from their parents. Some of the programs assess and treat mental health issues including addiction and eating disorders. Youths who have difficulties living with family can access support in developing healthy relationships with families, live in Aspen group homes, or receive guidance in living independently through Youth Transitions to Adulthood. In F2018, 95 youths participated in the Element program where they learned job skills and had access to internship opportunities.

Aspen Family and Community Network Society believes that to sustain changes made in the lives of families and youths, they must be surrounded by a supportive community. Aspen works with more than 60 local organizations to ensure that Calgarians can access services including employment training and housing resources. In particular, the 1000 Voices space is 10,000 square feet, containing offices for social service organizations, six meeting workshop rooms, and five private counselling rooms.

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Results and Impact

Aspen Family and Community Network Society reports that in F2019, 139 of the families that participated in the Home-Stay Prevention program avoided becoming homeless. Under the umbrella of family programming, the In-Home Family Support program works with the families of children who have recently been or may soon be removed from the family home by Children’s Services. F2019, 70% (95) of the families involved avoided having their children removed. 

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Aspen Family and Community Network Society is a medium-sized charity with donations of $3.8m in F2018. Aspen received $6.9m in government funding, representing 62% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues and fundraising costs are 1% of donations. For every $1 donated 86 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Aspen has $641k in funding reserves of which $10k is endowed. Excluding endowed funds, the charity could operate for less than one month using reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Aspen Family and Community Network Society for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 13, 2019 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.6%10.7%9.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.4%1.9%1.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 7.0%2.5%6.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,8363,4314,007
Government funding 6,9017,3817,286
Fees for service 197193153
Business activities (net) 605464
Other income 1115771
Total revenues 11,10511,11711,581
Program costs 8,9708,5849,133
Administrative costs 1,3951,1841,057
Fundraising costs 536559
Other costs 4371,0791,203
Cash flow from operations 250205129
Funding reserves 641223593

Note: Ci has adjusted for endowment received and amortization of deferred contributions, affecting revenues by ($156k) in F2018, ($99k) in F2017, and ($106k) in F2016. Programming, administrative, fundraising, and other expenses have been broken out according to the charity’s CRA filing. Amortization has been removed pro-rata from programming, administrative, and fundraising expenses.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 105

Avg. compensation: $63,562

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 F2018

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