Art Gallery of Alberta

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1
Executive Director: Catherine Crowston
Board Chair: Leon Zupan

Charitable Reg. #:11923 0902 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


Audited financial statements available only upon request.



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) 65 cents are available for programs.

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About Art Gallery of Alberta:

Art Gallery of Alberta is a two-star charity. It has a below average results reporting grade and is not financially transparent. For every dollar donated to the charity, 65 cents are available to go to the cause, which is just outside Ci's reasonable range. 

Founded in 1924, Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is a museum in Edmonton focused on developing and presenting original exhibits of contemporary and historical art from around the world. AGA’s vision is to become the creative hub of Alberta and transform people’s lives through art. Outside of its general art exhibits, AGA runs educational workshops, art rental and retail services, and a travelling exhibition.

In F2022, Art Gallery of Alberta acquired 11 new works of art. Since its founding, AGA has acquired over 6,000 works of art. During the year AGA ran 19 exhibitions. The charity reports there are 2,786 AGA members, which is a 25% increase compared to F2021.

The museum runs various arts education programs throughout the year, targeted at both children and adults. Art Gallery of Alberta states that it ran 377 education and learning programs in F2022, serving 8,576 participants. These included 134 school programs and 84 family programs. AGA’s other learning programs include weekend art classes, open workshops, and children’s camps.

Art Gallery of Alberta also runs an Art Rental and Sales (AR&S) program. The program allows members of the public to acquire art for their homes or offices at affordable prices. In F2022, AGA had 1,600 pieces of art available for rent and purchase from 161 artists. The charity rented an average of 154 artworks each month by 75 artists to 37 clients.

The Travelling Exhibition (TREX) program helps Albertans view art in their own communities. TREX is a collaboration between five arts organizations and galleries, including the AGA, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Alberta Society of Artists, and Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre. In F2022, the TREX program received 89 bookings and 52,194 visitors.

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Results and Impact

Ci did not find any quantified results for the Art Gallery of Alberta. This may not be a complete representation of AGA’s results and impact.

Art Gallery of Alberta has not yet been rated on impact (n/r).

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Art Gallery of Alberta’s F2022 T3010 was not available at the time of this review. The charity’s audited financial statements do not use activity-based costing. As such, Ci uses the charity’s T3010 to report program costs, administrative costs, and fundraising costs. The most recent year of data available is F2021.

Art Gallery of Alberta received $1.1m in donations and special events revenue in F2021. Administrative costs are 10% of revenue (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 35%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 65 cents are available to go to the cause, which is just outside Ci’s reasonable range.

AGA has $4.4m in reserve funds, of which $1.4m are donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, AGA can cover 88%, or 11 months of its annual program costs.

This report is an update that has been sent to Art Gallery of Alberta for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 14, 3034 by Liam Chapleau.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.6%11.0%10.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.7%22.7%17.9%
Total overhead spending 35.2%33.7%28.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 87.8%73.9%43.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,0587361,122
Goods in kind 2,8151,3081,306
Government funding 3,1043,4192,670
Fees for service 118128507
Business activities (net) (40)4207
Special events 4559176
Investment income 317239367
Other income 306258508
Total revenues 7,7246,1536,862
Program costs 3,5233,6214,406
Grants 100
Donated goods exp 2,8151,3081,306
Administrative costs 711650672
Fundraising costs 283181232
Other costs 0011
Total spending 7,3325,7606,626
Cash flow from operations 392394235
Capital spending 546166394
Funding reserves 4,4214,0123,260

Note: At the time of this review, the charity’s F2022 T3010 was unavailable. Since the charity does not use activity-based costing, Ci was unable to report on its F2022 financial data. Ci reported retail services revenue net of expenses in business activities. This affected total revenues and other expenses by ($306k) in F2021, ($284k) in F2020, and ($376k) in F2019. Ci removed donated objects of art from donations to report them separately. Ci included donated objects of art as donated goods used in programs, affecting total expenses by $2.8m in F2022, $1.3m in F2020, and $1.3m in F2019. Ci reported program costs, administrative costs, and fundraising costs from T3010 filings with the CRA. Ci removed losses on asset disposal from program costs, affecting total expenses by ($10k) in F2019. To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred revenue, affecting revenue in the amount of ($57k) in F2021, ($415k) in F2020, and $59k in F2019.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 28

Avg. compensation: $74,032

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 F2021

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Comments & Contact

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