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

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

Charitable Reg. #:11880 8799 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 82 cents are available for programs.

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

Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area is a 5-star charity. It is financially transparent, has spending within Ci's reasonable range, and has great reporting of its results for donors. 


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 the Big Brothers Big Sisters model, BGCBigs' programs encourage physical, emotional, and academic success. It offers community or in-school mentoring, as well as a variety of after-school programs.

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

BGCBigs spent 71% of total program costs on after-school club and group programs in F2021. BGCBigs runs after-school clubs with drop-in programs for kids aged 6 to 18. Each club offers nutritious meals and snacks and provides 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. The charity reports that its after-school clubs served 4,402 meals and held 27,996 activity sessions in F2021. BGCBigs served 1,686 children/youth through its club and group programs in F2021. 


In F2021, BGCBigs spent 29% of total program costs on mentoring 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. In F2021, BGCBigs had 67,008 mentoring sessions and 120,460 mentoring hours. The charity reports that its mentoring programs served 1,717 clients in F2021. 


BGCBigs reports that it served 3,403 clients through its programs in F2021, resulting in a total operating cost per client of $2,105. In F2020, BGCBigs served 4,979 clients for a total operating cost per client of $1,461. 

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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 various 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 childhood no longer required social assistance as adults.


BGCBigs reports that 11 youth in its youth employment program (12%) gained employment in F2021, compared to 30 youth (29%) in F2020. 


While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of BGCBigs' results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r). 

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Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area had total donations and special events revenue of $3.5m in F2021. It also received $2.9m in government funding and $1.5m in net lottery revenue. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 7% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 18%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 82 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. 


BGCBigs has $11.7m in funding reserves, compared to $9.7m in F2020 and $9.4m in F2019. Excluding $32k of donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover 192% or just under two years of its annual program costs with 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 19, 2022, by Sydney Olexa. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.6%10.3%12.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.0%10.7%7.1%
Total overhead spending 17.6%21.0%19.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 192.4%158.0%158.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,4473,3863,104
Government funding 2,9282,9132,864
Fees for service 120236203
Lotteries (net) 1,499688546
Business activities (net) 445568
Special events 23345333
Investment income 7410289
Total revenues 8,1347,7277,205
Program costs 6,0656,0915,936
Administrative costs 857788910
Fundraising costs 242398245
Total spending 7,1647,2777,091
Cash flow from operations 970450114
Capital spending 027168
Funding reserves 11,6989,6569,434

Note: Ci reported administrative and fundraising costs from the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA. Ci reported revenue from non-lottery fundraising events gross of expenses, increasing revenues and expenses by $2k in F2021, $58k in F2020, and $65k in F2019. To report on a cash basis, Ci removed amortization from program costs. Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by $499k in F2021, $192k in F2020, and ($114k) in F2019.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 90

Avg. compensation: $50,601

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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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001