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

10135 89 Street
Edmonton, AB T5H 1P6
Executive Director: Kerry Woodland
Executive Director: Kim Collister

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) 72 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 (BGCBigs) is a 5-star, financially transparent charity. Its results reporting score is an A, which is above average. Its overhead spending is within Ci’s reasonable range. Its reserve funds can cover one year and six months of annual program costs. 

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. It combines the Boys and Girls Clubs model with the Big Brothers Big Sisters model. BGCBigs' programs encourage healthy emotional, physical, and academic development. Its programs support vulnerable youth and those challenged by poverty. In F2023, the charity reports serving 1,791 youth. 

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity 

The charity operates two programs: Mentoring and Clubs. The charity does not provide a spending breakdown.  

The charity’s Mentoring program matches children with an adult mentor. Each pair meets weekly for activities. These include bike riding, skating, reading, cooking, or playing games. Mentors serve as positive role models and provide personal and academic support. BGCBigs reports 301 matches closed in F2023. The average match length was 23 months. 375 matches remained open at the end of F2023. The charity reported that 11 youth (15%) in its mentoring program gained employment.  

The charity’s Clubs run drop-in after-school activities. These are available to children aged 6-18. Clubs offer nutritious meals and snacks. Programs focus on arts and culture, physical activity, academic support, and life skills. In F2023, the charity reported serving 38,521 meals and snacks.  

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Results and Impact

Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area conducts a yearly member survey. In F2023, 73% of children and youth reported a sense of belonging. 85% of children and youth reported developing positive healthy relationships. 87% of children and youth reported learning about healthy living. 

In its mentoring program, the results were as follows: 94% of children and youth reported being more self-aware since having a mentor. 85% of children and youth reported being more self-managed since having a mentor. 94% of children and youth reported being more socially aware since having a mentor. 

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 received $2.8m in donations and special events revenue in F2023. It also received $2.9m in government funding. It collected $330k in net lottery revenue. Administrative costs are 15% of revenues. Fundraising costs are 12% of donations. Total overhead costs are 28%. For every dollar donated, 72 cents are available to go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

BGCBigs has $10.6m in funding reserves. Of this, $32k is donor endowed. Excluding these, its reserves can cover one year six months of annual program costs.  

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 June 11, 2024 by Stellar Zhang. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.4%12.7%9.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.4%11.8%7.2%
Total overhead spending 27.7%24.5%16.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 152.0%192.1%192.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,7982,8773,350
Government funding 2,9102,6462,802
Fees for service 188119120
Lotteries (net) 3301,5182,840
Business activities (net) 564644
Special events 43023
Investment income 3927074
Total revenues 6,7167,2769,252
Program costs 6,9266,0586,065
Administrative costs 971915857
Fundraising costs 351340242
Total spending 8,2477,3137,164
Cash flow from operations (1,531)(37)2,088
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 10,55511,66811,698

Note: Ci reported administrative and fundraising costs from the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA. Ci adjusted for deferred revenue and deferred capital contributions across government funding, lotteries, and donations. This affected donations by $54k in F2023, $124k in F2022, and $401k in F2021. Ci adjusted for revenue from non-lottery fundraising events gross of expenses, affecting expenses by $43k in F2023, $nil in F2022, and $2k in F2021. To report on a cash basis, Ci removed amortization from program costs. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 97

Avg. compensation: $51,946

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 F2023

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001