Burnaby, BC V5C 6C6
CEO: Kristy Gill
Board Chair: Shirley Stocker
Charitable Reg. #: 10816 8709 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
Cents to the Cause
Full-time staff #28
Avg. Compensation $63,991
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
|$300k - $350k||0|
|$250k - $300k||0|
|$200k - $250k||0|
|$160k - $200k||0|
|$120k - $160k||1|
|$80k - $120k||3|
|$40k - $80k||6|
About Variety BC:
Founded in 1966, Variety BC (also known as the Variety Club of British Columbia) has a mission to “step in where healthcare ends, providing direct help to children with special needs in BC and the Yukon.” It raises funds and provides grants to individuals and organizations for equipment, supplies and programs. Since 2010, Variety BC reports having distributed more than $25 million to families and organizations in communities across the province.
The charity’s programs include its Variety Cares Fund, Sunshine Family Vans, Sunshine Coaches, and individual and organizational grants. Sunshine Family Vans are provided to eligible families in B.C. with children who need wheelchairs for mobility. The charity also has 595 motor coaches that range in size from 12 – 24 seats, with special equipment and hydraulic lifts for wheelchairs.
Variety BC administers the BC Family Residence Program on behalf of the Ministry of Health/Government of B.C. to provide accommodation assistance for families while a child requires medical care at BC Children’s Hospital or Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Accommodation arrangements are provided at convenient locations in the Vancouver/Richmond area for families with a child aged 18 years and under, including premature babies and newborns with other health concerns. The program provides accommodation assistance to a family for one room up to 30 days per medical visit.
Variety BC is a medium-sized charity with donations of $4.5m in F2016. The charity received an additional $1.0m in funding from the government that went towards the BC Family Residence Program. Fees for services included rental revenue of $87k. In F2016, administrative costs were 25% of revenues and fundraising costs were 51% of donations. As such, for every $1 donated, 24 cents went to the cause. This falls outside of Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range for overhead spending.
The charity has funding reserves of $10.9m, of which $5.0m are donor-endowed. Variety BC can cover annual program costs 1.8 times (1.1 times excluding donor-endowed funds). Variety BC dipped significantly into reserve funds, using $3.6m to cover program costs in F2016.
This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Variety BC. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on June 13, 2017 by Juliana Badovinac.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending September
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||24.5%||15.5%||17.0%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||51.1%||37.7%||43.4%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||184.5%||255.2%||254.1%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Fees for service||87||74||0|
|Cash flow from operations||(3,556)||327||(566)|