Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg

300 - 61 Juno Street
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1T1
President & CEO: Ron Brown
Board Chair: Mirzet Alekic

Charitable Reg. #:13063 6962 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) 90 cents are available for programs.

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About Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg:

Founded in 1977, Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg (BGCW) offers free youth programs to promote healthy living, personal growth, and social development. Rooted in the belief that engaged children stay healthy and out of trouble, BGCW comprises 12 clubs that serviced 3,640 members in F2019. In total, these clubs received 95,354 visits throughout the year.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg's programs and summer camps focus on five core areas. Its Sport, Recreation, and Physical Activity programs include after-school sports teams and running clubs. In F2019, 328 club members participated in 3,006 organized sports opportunities.

BGCW’s Arts and Cultural Appreciation programs include free workshops in music, dance, photography, and more. Local youth received opportunities to visit the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Winnipeg Folk Festival in F2019.

Its Education and Career Exploration programs include Community School Investigators, a program to prevent summer learning loss and engage students while not in school. BGCW also offers various youth programs for career development, such as training for job searches and interviews. In F2019, 1,437 club members attended education programs.

The charity’s Health Awareness and Life Skills programs encourage healthy lifestyle choices. These programs offer personal mentorship and serve snacks to students. BGCW reported that it served 111,117 healthy meals and snacks in F2019.

BGCW’s Leadership and Service to Community programs offer volunteering opportunities to teenagers and young adults. These programs include Lead UP, which connects club members to community service initiatives. Lead UP members accumulated 1,115 hours of service in F2019.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg had total operating costs of $1,294 per participant for its 3,640 clients in F2019. This is down from $1,302 per participant for 3,497 clients in F2018. BGCW is distinctive as it charges no fees for participation and its funders cover all operating costs.

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Results and Impact

Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg tracks its results using both immediate surveys and long-term surveys held one to three years after programs end. In F2019, the charity surveyed 339 participants to gather results. The charity reported that in the short term, 83% of members felt emotionally and physically safe, welcomed by peers, and enjoying the opportunities offered in programs. In long term surveys, 91% of children and youth described themselves as healthy, active, and safe after participating.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg’s results and impact.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg is a medium-sized charity, with total donations of $2.1m in F2019. Funding from governments totaled $2.3m, representing 46% of revenue. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 1% of donations. This means that the charity’s overhead costs are 10%. For every dollar donated, 90 cents go to the cause. This is well within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg’s annual filing with the Charities Directorate is not yet released for F2019. BGCW’s CRA filing includes crucial financial information on its administrative costs, which are not reported in full on its audited financial statements. Ci reported a difference in administrative costs of $138k in F2018 and $135k in F2017 between the CRA filing and the charity’s financial statements. When the filing for F2019 becomes available, the reported administrative costs will increase accordingly.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg has funding reserves of $3.3m. Its program cost coverage ratio is 79%, meaning the charity can cover between 9 and 10 months of its annual program costs with existing reserves.

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

Updated May 26, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.1%10.7%10.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.8%0.7%1.0%
Total overhead spending 9.9%11.4%11.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 78.7%73.8%71.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,142,6021,921,2821,987,403
Government funding 2,275,0412,398,2192,279,599
Fees for service 450,183326,689258,026
Investment income 96,173(13,394)55,985
Total revenues 4,963,9994,632,7964,581,013
Program costs 4,250,4994,043,8163,975,340
Administrative costs 441,525495,539483,049
Fundraising costs 16,94813,28319,798
Total spending 4,708,9724,552,6384,478,187
Cash flow from operations 255,02780,158102,826
Capital spending 0049,964
Funding reserves 3,345,3442,983,2152,835,894

Note: Ci has included net changes in investments held at the Winnipeg Foundation, affecting total revenues by $58k in F2019, ($37k) in F2018, and $37k in F2017. Ci has not included deferred capital contributions in revenues, which make up less than 10% of donations. This affected revenues by ($28k) in F2019, ($29k) in F2018, and ($29k) in F2017. In F2018, BGCW began to report unrealized gains (losses) on investments as expenses rather than as revenues. Ci has continued to report unrealized gains as investment income in revenues. This affected revenues and expenses by $2k in F2019 and ($1k) in F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 33

Avg. compensation: $46,220

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 F2018

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001