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Calgary Poppy Fund

1-4539 6 Street NE
Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6
CEO: Joey Bleviss
Treasurer: Harold Ireland

Charitable Reg. #: 10683 0961 RR0001
Sector: Social Services
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: F

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 through official request for information from Canada Revenue Agency [ 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 #6

Avg. Compensation $39,168

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 2
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Calgary Poppy Fund:

Founded in 1967, Royal Canadian Legion Branch Poppy Fund, known as Calgary Poppy Fund, raises money in its annual Poppy Campaign to give financial and non-financial aid to war veterans, their families, and seniors.

In F2016, Calgary Poppy Fund raised $2.6m in donations and poppy box money and granted $1.6m to other charities and non-profit organizations. Calgary Poppy Fund gave $545k in bursaries, $500k to the Royal Canadian Provincial (Alberta) Command, $166k to Calgary Health Trust and $105k to Hospice Calgary. 

Calgary Poopy Fund also operates the Veteran’s Food Bank. Donations to the Veteran's Food Bank have increased from $25k in 2014 to $438k in 2016. In addition to cash donations, the veterans food bank received $391k in donated food. The veterans food bank reports providing veterans with $1m in food value and vouchers and $497k in financial aid. 

News update: September 30, 2018 Calgary Herald reports that the Veterans Food Bank has closed 4 months earlier than previously announced. Veterans in need will be supported by Calgary Food Bank, a 4-star rated charity with good impact. Here is a link to Charity Intelligence's report on Calgary Food Bank


Financial Review:

Calgary Poppy Fund is a mid-sized charity with cash donations of $2.7m in F2016. Its administrative costs are 6% of total revenues and its fundraising costs are 11% of donations. For every dollar donated, 83 cents goes to the cause. This falls within Charity Intelligence's reasonable range. 

Calgary Poppy Fund funding reserves of $1.5m that cover 45% of its grants and food bank operations. Calgary Poppy Fund increased its grants and food bank programs, drawing down its funding reserves which were $2.4m in F2014. 

Updated November 7, 2017 by Kate Bahen.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.0%5.5%5.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.4%6.7%7.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 45.4%74.6%88.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,660,1292,776,4542,658,727
Goods in kind 391,031402,886606,900
Investment income 138,34266,173126,476
Total revenues 3,189,5023,245,5133,392,103
Program costs 1,820,9041,578,0401,638,150
Grants 1,584,2741,444,4441,119,798
Administrative costs 182,531174,220168,424
Fundraising costs 303,896186,982189,926
Cash flow from operations (702,103)(138,173)275,805
Funding reserves 1,545,9042,253,7202,445,347

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Zach Lang "Calgary Food Bank to fill void left by shuttered service for veterans"   Calgary Herald, September 30, 2018

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