Royal Canadian Legion Branch Poppy Fund

15 Street NW
Calgary, AB T2M 3N8
Board President: Brian Grewcutt
Treasurer: Gladys Marks

Charitable Reg. #:10683 0961 RR0001

STAR RATING

Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 0/5]

FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.

F

RESULTS REPORTING

Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Low

DEMONSTRATED IMPACT

The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.

NEED FOR FUNDING

Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.

99%

CENTS TO THE CAUSE

For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 99 cents are available for programs.



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OVERVIEW

About Royal Canadian Legion Branch Poppy Fund:

Calgary Poppy Fund is a 0-star charity with Low demonstrated impact. The charity is not financially transparent and its overhead costs are outside Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence's report. 

Royal Canadian Legion Branch Poppy Fund, known as Calgary Poppy Fund, raises money through its annual Poppy Campaign to fund financial aid and non-financial aid programs for war veterans and their families. Calgary Poppy Fund is the largest Poppy Fund in Canada. 

All information below is from a previous profile update as currently Royal Canadian Legion Branch Poppy Fund's website has no program information on it. The information thus is outdated. 

Calgary Poppy Fund runs two major programs for eligible veterans: Veteran Assistance and Veteran's Food Bank [1]. Veterans must apply and are screened by City of Calgary’s City Links [2]. CPF's Veteran Assistance program helps veterans and their families through major assistance and bursaries. Calgary Poppy Fund spent $321k directly on veteran aid programs in F2017, down 64% from $892k in F2016. This includes help paying medical costs, first and last month rents, utility bills and other items, and also parking passes for local hospitals. Bursaries of $1,000 per student are disbursed to veterans, their children, their grandchildren, and even great grandchildren, as per the Legion manual. Calgary Poppy Fund also distributes cash to other charities. These grants totaled $109k, compared with F2016 when the Calgary Poppy Fund gave a $500k grant to Alberta Command Legion, $165k to Calgary Health Trust, $105k to Hospice Calgary, and other grants.

The Veteran's Food Bank is closing down, with the Calgary Food Bank supporting veterans in need of food. The Veteran’s Food Bank provides food hampers and food vouchers to veterans, ex-service persons, widows, and dependents in financial strain. Hampers contain only non-perishable food and food vouchers and other essentials [3].

News update: The Veterans Calgary Food Bank did not close down as previously announced. It is now being operated as Veterans Food Bank of Calgary with little information on its website. It is being operated by Calgary Veteran Services Society, a new charity founded in January 2020.

Going forward, operating decisions will be made at Alberta's Legion Command, also based in Calgary.

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Results and Impact

No quantified outcomes were found for Royal Canadian Legion Branch Poppy Fund. Charity Intelligence has given Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund a Low impact rating for demonstrated impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: Low

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Finances

Calgary Poppy Fund received $884k in donations in F2021. Administrative costs are 1% of revenues and the charity reported no fundraising costs. For every dollar donated, 99 cents go towards the charity’s programs. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

Calgary Poppy Fund has $2.6m in funding reserves which can cover annual program costs for 2.7 years.  

Royal Canadian Legion Branch Poppy Fund does not post its audited financial statements online, and thus Ci has to request this information from the Charities Directorate.  

According to the CRA's T3010 filing, Calgary Poppy Fund had no full-time or part-time employees in F2021. 

Updated on July 28, 2022 by Emma Saganowich.  

Financial Review


Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
202120202019
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.1%1.2%9.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 1.1%9.5%9.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 266.8%221.8%595.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
202120202019
Donations 883,949960,213925,948
Goods in kind 00695
Investment income 10,47593,44578,507
Total revenues 894,4241,053,6581,005,150
Program costs 28,17424,039193,760
Grants 937,350752,063238,310
Administrative costs 9,29111,14788,348
Fundraising costs 000
Other costs 6,114010,041
Total spending 980,929787,249530,459
Cash flow from operations (86,505)266,409474,691
Capital spending 037,500(19,203)
Funding reserves 2,575,7251,721,0182,571,576

Note: Ci included investment management fees in investment income, affecting revenues by ($5k) in F2019. Amortization was allocated to program and administrative costs on a pro-rata basis.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 0

Avg. compensation: $0

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
0
< $40k
0

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2021

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

 

 

 Sources:

[1] Inform Alberta, “Poppy Fund, Royal Canadian Legion Calgary Branches” informAlberta.ca. 

[2] Inform Alberta, “Veteran’s Accommodation Repairs” informAlberta.ca. 

[3] Inform Alberta, “Veteran’s Food Bank” informAlberta.ca. 

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

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Charity Contact

Website: www.calgarypoppyfund.com
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001