Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa

2825 Dumaurier Avenue
Ottawa, ON K2B 7W3
CEO: Adam Joiner
Board Chair: Robyn Osgood

Charitable Reg. #:11881 4565 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 81 cents are available for programs.

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About Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa:

Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa is a 2-star rated, financially transparent charity. It has a below average results reporting grade and its overhead spending is within Ci’s reasonable range. It has $1.9m in reserve funds, which can cover 3 months of program costs, showing a need for funding.

Founded in 1923, Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO) runs after-school programs and summer camps for youth aged six to 18 in at-risk neighborhoods across Ottawa.

Membership is free for all of BGCO’s youth programs, which it divides into four pillars: Creative Arts, Education, Leadership & Social Skills, and Physical Activity & Healthy Lifestyle. The charity operates four main Clubhouses and one summer camp and serves 19 neighbourhoods. In F2022, the charity reports 87,660 visits for Physical Education & Healthy Lifestyle programs, 18,798 for Education programs, 2,523 for Creative Arts programs, and 199 for Leadership programs. It adds that it served 3,406 people overall in F2022.  Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa reports that its number of program visits have decreased because of covid-19 restrictions.

BGCO also runs Camp Smitty, an overnight summer camp that provides four 10-day overnight sessions for kids. The camp accommodated 328 campers in F2022.

Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa runs three community support programs: the Neighbourhood Ambassador Program (NAP), the Provincial Youth Outreach Worker program (PYOW) and the Diversion program. The purpose of NAP is to provide youth with development opportunities. In F2022, the program made 815 referrals and reported 18 infrastructure deficiencies in Ottawa.  The PYOW program helps connect youth to helpful programs and services. In F2022, PYOW had 744 youth participants and made 536 referrals, including 281 employment referrals and education referrals. The Diversion program aims to help youth in conflict with the law. In F2022, the three programs combined had 19,439 youth interactions.

In F2022, the charity benefited from 7,500 volunteer hours from 70 volunteers. The charity also opened the Taggart Parkes Family Clubhouse. This 15,000 square foot facility has a gym, a study area and a community learning kitchen.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence did not find any quantified outcomes on Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa's website. This may not be a complete representation of BGCO's results and impact.

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa is financially transparent. Its audited financial statements are publicly available on its website.

In F2018, Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa amalgamated with Ottawa Boys Club Foundation.

Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa received $5.6m in donations and special events fundraising in F2022. It also received $2.2m in government funding, which is 27% of revenues. Administrative costs are 15% of revenue (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 4% of donations and special events fundraising. Per dollar donated to the charity, 81 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa has reserve funds of $1.9m in F2022, which can cover 28% or 3 months of annual program costs. This demonstrates a need for funding.

This report is an update that has been sent to Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on July 10, 2023 by Victoria Allder.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.1%8.8%12.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.0%4.1%4.9%
Total overhead spending 19.1%12.9%17.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 27.8%35.9%68.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,4402,7161,884
Government funding 2,2202,8072,273
Fees for service 88350
Business activities (net) 384111188
Special events 1,1271,1091,232
Investment income (24)759
Other income (205)3,821536
Total revenues 8,02910,6736,121
Program costs 6,9135,7504,267
Administrative costs 1,215937781
Fundraising costs 222156153
Other costs 000
Total spending 8,3516,8435,201
Cash flow from operations (321)3,831920
Capital spending 1,0035,02575
Funding reserves 1,9222,0672,905

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci did not include amortization of deferred contributions related to capital assets in revenue, affecting revenue by ($460k) in F2022, ($326k) in F2021 and ($319k) in F2020. Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa’s audited financial statements do not provide activity-based costing. Its T3010 filing with the CRA for F2022 and F2021 does not provide activity-based costing either. Hence, Ci has allocated line items to program, administrative and fundraising costs to the best of its ability. Ci acknowledges that this might not be a perfect representation of the charity’s spending breakdown. Ci did not include gain (loss) on disposal of tangible capital assets in expenses, affecting expenses by ($18k) in F2022, $18k in F2021 and $17k in F2020. Ci included deferred contributions, deferred contributions for capital assets and amortization of deferred contributions for capital assets in other income, as it is unclear from the charity's audited financial statements whether these are government or non-governemnt contributions. This affected revenue by ($205k) in F2022, $3.8m in F2021 and $536k in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 68

Avg. compensation: $60,152

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 F2022

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001