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Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre

303 Forge Road S.E.
Calgary, AB T2H 0S9
Executive Director: Dr. Dean Vause
Board Chair: M. Ann McCaig

Charitable Reg. #: 13219 9480 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - At-Risk Youth (Addiction Recovery)
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: C

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 available only upon request [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2012 2013 2014
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Low

Full-time staff #32

Avg. Compensation $56,690

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre:

Established in 1992, Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC) is a long-term addiction treatment program for youth aged 13-21 in Alberta. Since inception, AARC has served 500 clients. AARC believes it is important to treat and provide support not only for addicts, but to their family and loved ones as well. AARC now has the capacity to provide intensive treatment for 25-30 youth and families. Unlike the majority of adolescent treatment programs that are between 30 and 60 days in length, AARC’s treatment program length averages 10 months.

AARC operates under a Standing Offer Agreement with Calgary & Area Child and Family Services Authority that governs the terms and conditions under which AARC provides services for youth under the Authority’s care. The protocols set out in the agreement cover a range of matters including referral and intake processes, clinical assessment criteria, case monitoring and conferencing, documentation and reporting requirements on treatment goals, progress towards these goals, and safety of the youth involved. Under the agreement, the Authority has the right to review and evaluate AARC’s treatment program.

AARC notes in its financial statements that legal and consulting fees ($64k in F2014) represent the costs associated with multiple legal proceedings taken by the charity as Plaintiff for defamation with CBC Television and four interviewees as defendants, due to a CBC production which first aired in 2009 and continues to be aired.

Financial Review:

Administrative costs are 11% of revenues and fundraising costs are 23% of donations. Funding reserves for F2014 were $3.8m, which cover annual program costs 1.8 times.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.8%8.6%9.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 23.4%23.9%24.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 175.4%141.4%135.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 737,195889,077754,952
Goods in kind 131,072130,231248,512
Government funding 80,964323,857323,850
Fees for service 484,212587,508442,952
Special events 1,528,0491,716,0161,515,610
Investment income 32,98246,40255,513
Other income 025,0005,000
Total revenues 2,994,4743,718,0913,346,389
Program costs 2,173,1302,661,7102,567,292
Administrative costs 319,823315,005299,391
Fundraising costs 531,059621,901565,025
Other costs 131,072130,231248,512
Cash flow from operations (160,610)(10,756)(333,831)
Funding reserves 3,810,6263,762,5383,471,298

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