KidSport Calgary

2424 4th Street Southwest
Calgary, AB T2S 2T4
Executive Director: Kevin Webster
Board Chair: Wilson Acton

Charitable Reg. #: Athletic Association
Sector: Sports & Recreation

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Results Reporting

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 #3

Avg. Compensation $61,000

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 2
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F0

About KidSport Calgary:

Founded in 1995, KidSport Calgary is an amateur athletic association rather than a registered charity. It is eligible to issue donation receipts. According to a 2014 CIBC national survey, a third of Canadian children cannot afford to participate in organized sports due to high registration fees. Alberta has the highest costs of children’s sport in Canada; on average, Alberta parents spend $1,428 per child each year to participate in sports.

KidSport Calgary is the largest of the 178 KidSport chapters working across Canada. Its mission is to make sure no child is on the sidelines because it cannot afford sport registration fees. KidSport Calgary is immensely proud that, with strong community support, it has always been able to fund every eligible application received. With the economic downturn in Calgary and the loss of funding partners, KidSport Calgary made the very difficult decision to fund all eligible applicants, but at reduced levels. The maximum financial aid was dropped from $500 in 2014 to $250 in 2016. For 2017 KidSport Calgary has raised the funding cap back to $325 per application. 

KidSport Calgary’s goal is to see kids more physically active. Through organized sports, kids build self-confidence, learn life lessons, and make new friends. These activities improve academic performance and build a strong healthy community. As of yet, KidSport Calgary does not measure these outcomes.

In 2016, KidSport Calgary provided $1.3m to pay for sports registration fees (down 10% compared with 2015) for 4,386 kids (4% increase from 2015 and continuing to grow from 3,412 kids supported in 2014). The average registration fee per child was $280 for the year, compared with $325 in 2015. Different sports have different costs; hockey is the second most popular sport and funded support averages $539 in registration fees. Whereas soccer, the most popular sport among registering kids costs $220 in fees.  

KidSport Calgary has strong partnering relationships; the Toronto Blue Jays Care Foundation covers all baseball registration fees for 75 kids, Comrie Sports provided gently-used hockey equipment to outfit 270 kids at no cost, Canada Pacific funds over 200 kids, and Shaw Charity Classic supports 225 kids each year. Recently KidSport Calgary has expanded no-cost sport opportunities to the wider community providing free skate rentals at community and school rinks that more than 9,920 people used (a 14% annual increase).

KidSport Calgary's goal is to see kids more physically active. Through organized sports, kids build self-confidence, learn life lessons, and make new friends. These activities improve academic performance and build strong and healthy communities. These outcomes are not reported by KidSport Calgary and there is a lack of evidence-based research on the impact of organized sports.

Financial Review:

In 2016, KidSport Calgary’s donations remained stable at $1.3m. New financial cost allocations show management and administrative costs are 8% of total revenues, and fundraising costs are 16% of total donations and special fundraising events. This is a slight increase over previous years. For every dollar donated, 76 cents goes to the cause, in line with the average overhead costs of charities in Charity Intelligence's database and within Charity Intelligence's reasonable range.

In 2016, KidSport Calgary had a net surplus of $365k that increased funding reserves to $1m. Funding reserves cover 80% of annual program costs. As an amateur athletics association, rather than a registered charity, salary information has been provided by the charity to Charity Intelligence. 

Updated on May 23, 2017 by Kate Bahen

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.4%13.9%11.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.8%8.5%7.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 79.9%47.6%82.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,326,3271,283,9321,040,895
Government funding 272,18566,96831,459
Special events 485,555335,903465,067
Investment income 1,5721,575459
Total revenues 2,085,6391,688,3781,537,880
Program costs 1,259,2371,382,6211,099,463
Administrative costs 175,153234,950181,182
Fundraising costs 286,312137,608116,021
Cash flow from operations 364,937(66,801)141,214
Funding reserves 1,005,704658,480903,661
Note: To show donors consistent information, Charity Intelligence reports KidSport Calgary's donations when they are received rather than on a deferred basis. In 2015, donations are $23k higher than reported. Charity Intelligence excludes amortization of deferred contributions, money received in prior years for capital equipment that is reported in subsequent financial periods. This is immaterial: $2k in 2016, $1k in 2015.  Reference sources for impact of organized youth sports programs on academic performance, health, and building stronger communities: Bennett, Lipman, Robertson, "Effects of Sport and Elite Athletics on Child Development Outcomes", McMaster University 2008 Rochelle M Eime, Janet A. Young, Jack T. Harvey, Melanie J. Charity and Warren R. Payne, “A systemic review of psychological and social benefits 2013 International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2013 “Youth sport: positive and negative impact on young”  Merkle, Donna, May 31, 2013 Sports Medicine

Comments added by the Charity:

Thank you, Charity Intelligence, for this thorough report and examination of our current financial and operational reporting.  This type of detail and transparency is critical for our organization and the many donors and partners who make it possible for KidSport Calgary to continue to support local families in breaking down financial barriers so their kids can participate, learn and play organized sports!

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