Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area

10135 89 Street
Edmonton, AB T5H 1P6
Executive Director: Liz O'Neill
Board Chair: Susan Makale

Charitable Reg. #:11880 8799 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 88 cents are available for programs.

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About Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area:

Founded in 2011, Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area (BGCBigs) supports children in the Edmonton area through mentoring and after-school programs. By combining the Boys and Girls Clubs model with that of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the charity states that its programs encourage physical, emotional, and academic success. It offers community or in-school mentoring, as well as a variety of after-school programs.

BGCBigs’ community mentoring program pairs each child with an adult mentor based on common interests. Each pair meets weekly for activities such as bike riding, skating, reading, cooking, and playing games. Mentors serve as positive role models and help to provide personal and academic support. BGCBigs also offers in-school mentoring programs, which pair students with volunteer mentors to help with homework and build friendships.  

BGCBigs runs 19 after-school club locations with drop-in programs for kids aged 6 to 18. Each club also offers nutritious meals and snacks, providing a safe place for kids to go after school.  BGCBigs focuses on programs relating to arts and culture, physical activity, academic support, life skills, and leadership. Through its All In For Youth program, BGCBigs has expanded its mentorship, after-school activities, and services to five low-income schools. The All In For Youth program has now served 218,414 meals and mentored 247 students across the five pilot schools.

In F2020, BGCBigs reports that it reached 2,770 children through mentoring programs and 2,501 children through after-school programs. With a total of 5,271 clients during the year, BGCBigs spent around $1,381 in operating costs per client (up from $1,338 per client for around 5,300 clients in F2019).

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Results and Impact

Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area states that children with mentors experience a variety of social and academic outcomes. According to the charity, children with mentors are 27% less likely to start using alcohol and 46% less likely to use drugs. It reports that children with mentors are also 37% less likely to skip classes and 52% less likely to miss school. In addition, 78% of former mentees who relied on social assistance during their childhood no longer required social assistance as adults.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of BGCBigs’ results and impact.

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Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area is a medium-sized charity, with donations and special events revenue of $3.5m in F2020. It received $2.9m in government funding, representing 39% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 2% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 12%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 88 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Ci reported BGCBigs’ full administrative and fundraising costs from its T3010 filings with the CRA. However, the charity’s F2020 filing was not posted at the time of this report. Based on data only from audited financial statements, BGCBigs’ overhead spending is likely understated for F2020.

BGCBigs has $9.7m in funding reserves, of which $32k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover around 1.5 years of program costs with its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 25, 2020 by Eric Zhao. Revised November 11 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.1%12.6%14.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.6%6.9%4.8%
Total overhead spending 11.7%19.5%19.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 148.8%158.4%142.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,1943,2183,629
Government funding 2,9132,8642,704
Fees for service 236203209
Lotteries (net) 688546418
Business activities (net) 556867
Special events 345333361
Investment income 1028972
Total revenues 7,5357,3197,460
Program costs 6,4695,9365,858
Administrative costs 7509101,054
Fundraising costs 58245192
Total spending 7,2777,0917,103
Cash flow from operations 257228357
Capital spending 27168174
Funding reserves 9,6569,4348,398

Note: Ci gathered program, administrative, and fundraising costs from available T3010 filings with the CRA. BGCBigs’ CRA filing for F2020 was not available at the time of this report. Ci reported management fees and Renew Crew clothing giveaway fees as fees for service. Ci included casino revenue and net revenue from the Dream Home Lottery in lottery revenues. Ci reported revenue from non-lottery fundraising events as gross of expenses, and added back event expenses to T3010 fundraising costs. This affected total revenues and expenses by $58k in F2020, $65k in F2019, and $70k in F2018. Ci removed amortization from program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 85

Avg. compensation: $48,998

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 F2019

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November 11, 2020: Results Reporting grade updated.

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