Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area

5945 Centre Street S.W.
Calgary, AB T2H 0C2
President & CEO: Karen Orser
Board Chair: Judy Burke

Charitable Reg. #:14015 1259 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 60 cents are available for programs.

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area:

Founded in 1994, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area’s (BBBSC) mission is to “impact the lives of young people and volunteers through the power of mentoring” so that “every young person realizes their full potential.” BBBSC’s mentoring programs include: Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couple, Recreation Mentoring, mPower Youth Mentoring, Youth Engaging Supports, In-School Mentoring, Between Generations, Teen Mentoring, Go Girls!, and Police Recreational Youth Experience.

In F2017, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area matched 1,595 children and youth to mentors, and supported 135 youth in group mentoring.

In January 2013, Dr. David Dewit, on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, began a five-year study on 1,000 children and youth enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. So far, the study has found that girls with a Big Sister mentor are 2.5 times more likely than girls without a mentor to be confident in their ability to be successful at school. Boys with a Big Brother are 3 times less likely to suffer peer pressure related anxiety. Mentored boys are 2 times more likely to perceive school as fun and place importance in doing well academically. Finally, mentored boys are also 2 times less likely to be involved in bullying, fighting, lying, cheating, or losing their temper.

In July 2013, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) independently evaluated Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada’s programs. The report found that for every $1 invested in mentoring, there is an $18 return to society. BCG reports that the average investment required for a mentee over 3 years is $3,500. The report found that mentees generate $32,154 in additional tax revenue, $49,189 in increased consumption, $5,856 in additional charitable volunteering, and $890 in greater charitable giving. It also reports that mentees earn $315,000 more over their lifetime.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has rated Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary as Average impact based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Average

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area is a medium-sized charity with donations (including goods in-kind) and special events revenues of $2.1m in F2017. Its administrative costs are 15% of revenues, and its fundraising costs are 25% of donations. For every dollar donated, 60 cents go towards BBBSC’s programs, falling outside Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $828k in funding reserves, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 33%. This means that BBBSC can cover 4 months of its annual program costs using its existing reserves, indicating a need for funding.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated August 4, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.1%14.5%12.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.2%32.2%29.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 32.6%31.4%33.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,260,2271,321,7711,667,548
Goods in kind 110,070361,370390,678
Government funding 1,202,335942,299951,674
Fees for service 173,100286,691365,789
Special events 687,146882,959885,790
Investment income 4,4433,9794,712
Total revenues 3,437,3213,799,0694,266,191
Program costs 2,544,5982,643,3813,090,508
Administrative costs 517,501550,700518,409
Fundraising costs 491,107709,120752,924
Cash flow from operations (115,885)(104,132)(95,650)
Funding reserves 828,342828,7201,032,310

Note: Ci has excluded amortization of deferred capital contributions from revenue, affecting revenues by ($85k) in F2016, ($89k) in F2015, and by ($86k) in F2014.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 52

Avg. Compensation: $46,301

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 F2016

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