Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter

500, 1509 Centre Street SW
Calgary, AB T2G 2E6
Executive Director: Kim Ruse
Board President: Van Zorbas

Charitable Reg. #: 12988 3443 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Women
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

Grade: B+

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #98

Avg. Compensation $35,400

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter:

Founded in 1974, the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter (CWES) helps women, children, youth and men facing family violence and abuse. Its vision is “a community free from family violence and abuse.” CWES offers immediate relief through its emergency shelter, and long-term relief through counselling sessions and group programs.

The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter’s 50-bed Emergency Shelter (47% of spending) houses women and children experiencing family violence and abuse. The Shelter provides for its clients’ basic needs, including food, clothing and toiletries. Clients receive counselling, as well as resources for obtaining housing, dealing with legal issues and building a safety plan. In F2016, CWES’s Emergency Shelter housed 238 women and 323 children, with 98% of women reporting that their safety needs were met. CWES also reports that more than 1,800 women and 1,300 children could not be accommodated due to a lack of space in the Shelter.

CWES’s Outreach Counselling program (14% of spending) provides long-term counselling support to its clients. Its Community Counselling program (making up 11% of spending) provides short-term crisis counselling to clients unable or unwilling to enter the Emergency Shelter. In F2016, 496 women and 195 children accessed CWES’s Outreach Counselling program, and 476 women and 212 children accessed CWES’s Community Counselling program.

Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter also offers Children’s Counselling (12% of spending), Men’s Counselling (8% of spending) and Healthy Relationships programs (8% of spending).

Financial Review:

Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter is a mid-sized charity, with donations and special events revenues of $4.5m in F2015. Its administrative costs are 9% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 10% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 81 cents is put towards its programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity’s funding reserves of $688k result in a program cost coverage ratio of 12%. This means that it can cover 1.4 months of its annual programs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 18, 2016 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.1%8.7%6.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 10.4%10.3%11.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 11.9%9.6%5.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,1872,9112,585
Government funding 3,1792,9182,382
Special events 1,3501,5671,519
Investment income 5107
Other income 3752
Total revenues 7,7257,4136,546
Program costs 5,7725,7065,331
Administrative costs 700643453
Fundraising costs 471463485
Other costs 404238
Cash flow from operations 742559239
Funding reserves 688548296
Note: Ci was unable to reconcile $285k of the charity’s F2014 revenues, and $50 of the charity’s F2014 expenses in its statement of operations. Ci has adjusted amortization of deferred capital contributions and gain on sale of property and equipment affecting revenues by ($169k) in F2016, by ($857k) in F2015, and by $96k in F2014. Ci has adjusted amortization of property and equipment affecting expenses by ($369k) in F2016, by ($393k) in F2015, and by ($382k) in F2014.

Comments added by the Charity:

Though the Emergency Shelter is the cornerstone of our organization, we are also “More than a Shelter”, serving approximately 16,000 clients each year through a number of innovative safety, healing and prevention programs.

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