Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

2005 Sheppard Ave. E, Suite 400
Toronto, ON M2J 5B4
President & CEO: Owen Charters
Board Chair: Felix Wu

Charitable Reg. #:13036 1710 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) 90 cents are available for programs.

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About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada:

Established in 1929, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) is the umbrella charity that supports 700 local Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada, with locations in all provinces and territories except Northwest Territories and Nunavut. BGCC’s mission is “to provide safe, supportive places where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life.”

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada granted $6.2 million for specific programs and spent $4.2 million on national programs, $2.5 million on Club support, and $182k on scholarships in F2018. In its annual report, BGCC categorizes all items except scholarships as 'support to member Clubs, programs, and services'. During the year, BGCC developed 19 online training modules for Club staff, ran 11 national program training sessions, supported 26 national programs, and ran 20 strategic and leadership training sessions.

BGCC launched a Club-to-Club learning system in F2018 wherein member Clubs perform peer reviews of each other to ensure high-quality programs are delivered consistently across Canada. 46 clubs took part in 17 peer reviews during the year. BGCC also launched four new national programs in F2018: Get in the Game 2.0 (for inclusive sports and recreation), Respect2Connect (for teen dating violence prevention), Kid Tech Nation (a STEM education program for girls, racialized or Indigenous youth, and kids new to Canada), and Discovery Lab (a hands-on science program).

Local Boys and Girls Clubs run educational, recreational, and skills development programs to help children and youth develop the skills they need to succeed in life. In F2018, 200,000 children and youth benefited from Club programs and 5.7 million healthy meals and snacks were served. 50% of youth served were 6 to 12 years old, 27% were 13 to 21, 15% were five or younger, and the remaining 8% were over 21. Local Club programs are categorized into six pillars: healthy active living programs (available for all ages), learning and career development programs (for kids aged 6 to 18), leadership programs (for youth aged 10 to 18), parenting programs, scholarships (for youth pursuing post-secondary education), and youth engagement programs.

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Results and Impact

In F2018, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada released After School: the Time of a Child’s Life, a report that discusses the impact of Boys and Girls Clubs programs on children and youth. The report cites a F2005 Alumni Study done on people who attended Boys and Girls Clubs in their earlier years, which found that 95% of alumni agreed that involvement in Clubs provided them with valuable life skills, and 96% agreed that Club programs helped them learn to be a leader. 66% of alumni respondents said that their experiences have had a lasting positive impact on their lives.

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, which run Youth Restorative Justice (YRJ) programs to help keep kids out of the criminal justice system, report a success rate of 87% between F2001 and F2014, meaning that 87% of youth in the program did not reoffend. YJR programs are run by multiple Boys and Girls Clubs in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, and Ontario.

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Ci consolidated Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada with its associated Foundation in the following financial analysis and excluded donations from the Foundation to the operating charity from revenues and expenses.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is a large charity that received $9.0m in donations and special events fundraising in F2018. Administrative costs are 10% of revenue (excluding investment income) and the charity’s audited financials report no fundraising costs. The F2018 T3010 CRA filing was not available at the time of this profile update. Per dollar donated, Ci cannot determine how many cents go to the cause due to lack of disclosure on overhead spending.

Funding reserves of $13.2m include $5.1m in endowment funds and scholarship funds (consisting of donations that the charity may use to award bursaries and scholarships to youth upon graduation from specific programs set by donors). Excluding these funds, BGCC can cover annual program costs and grants at the F2018 level for under eight months.

Reimbursed expenses paid by the operating charity on behalf of the Foundation ($85k in F2018, $14k in F2017, $20k in F2016) were not omitted from the financial analysis because the audited financial statements do not disclose where these amounts are included in the operating charity’s expenses or Foundation’s revenues.

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

Updated on August 30, 2019 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.2%10.2%14.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%6.3%12.3%
Total overhead spending 10.2%16.5%27.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 62.4%78.6%89.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,8118,6307,201
Government funding 4,6382,1591,448
Fees for service 623617681
Special events 21913957
Investment income 95686403
Total revenues 14,38612,10510,691
Program costs 6,9605,1463,524
Grants 6,1695,2325,212
Administrative costs 1,4561,1681,525
Fundraising costs 05431,003
Total spending 14,58512,08911,264
Cash flow from operations (199)16(573)
Capital spending 46230
Funding reserves 13,16513,34712,998

Note: Ci consolidated Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada with its associated Foundation and excluded transfers between the two charities from its analysis, reducing revenue by $518k in F2017 and $853k in F2016. In F2018, the operating charity reported receiving $305k in donations from the Foundation, but the Foundation’s income statement shows distributions to the operating charity of $296k. As such, F2018 revenues are reduced by $305k and expenses are reduced by $296k. Investment income includes unrealized gains (losses) on the Foundation’s investments, affecting total revenue by ($434k) in F2018, $137k in F2017, and $82k in F2016. Administrative costs include governance expenses incurred by the operating charity as well as custodial fees and professional fees incurred by the Foundation. Ci gathered F2017 and F2016 fundraising costs from the operating charity’s T3010 CRA filings, with a correctional plug in program costs to reconcile total spending with the audited financials.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 28

Avg. Compensation: $97,034

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 F2017

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