First Alliance Church

12345 40 Street SE
Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6
President: James Paton
Vice President: Les Bon-Bernard

Charitable Reg. #:10738 3721 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 95 cents are available for programs.

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About First Alliance Church:

First Alliance Church is a 3-star charity. It has a below-average results reporting grade. While this charity is financially transparent, its overhead costs lie outside of our reasonable range. 

Founded in 1967, First Alliance Church (FAC) encourages people to follow and spread Jesus’s mission. FAC follows the faith of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. First Alliance Church has two campuses in Calgary: FAC Deerfoot and FAC Southwest. First Alliance Church also has an online campus. It broadcasts weekly services on Facebook and YouTube. 

FAC describes its programs in four main areas: Connecting, Growing, Sharing, and Serving. The charity does not provide a breakdown of expenses for its main program areas. 

First Alliance Church’s Connecting program includes small support groups and online classes. In F2022, FAC led 72 small groups. During the year, 55 people attended grief support groups. First Alliance Church also received 6,126 “likes” on its Facebook page, a 4.7% increase from the previous year. 

FAC’s Growing program encourages people to take part in new religious activities. Activities include baptisms, prayer, and outreach. In F2022, the charity held 85 baptisms. This was a 130% increase from the previous year. Additionally, 87 people attended FAC’s prayer retreat. 

First Alliance Church’s Sharing program focuses on charitable outreach. Activities include global mission trips, community workdays, and refugee support. In F2022, FAC helped 62 refugees arrive and settle in Alberta. First Alliance Church also hosted mechanic workdays to help financially struggling community members. During F2022, these workdays provided free oil changes for 120 vehicles. First Alliance Church also hosted an art auction to support Ukraine. It raised $9,380 towards relief efforts.  

FAC’s Serving program encourages its members to serve God by volunteering in their local communities. At FAC Southwest, there were an average of 18 people volunteering each weekend in F2022. 

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Results and Impact

First Alliance Church reported 85 baptisms in F2022, including 18 children. The charity reported that it helped 133 children say “YES!” to Jesus during F2022, allowing the charity to spread its mission to more people. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of First Alliance Church’s results and impact. 

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First Alliance Church had $6.7m in donations in F2022. Administrative costs are 4.7% of revenues (less investment income). First Alliance Church does not report any fundraising costs. For every dollar donated, slightly more than 95 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending which is between 65 and 95 cents to the cause per dollar donated. When a charity’s cents to the cause is over 95 cents, the charity may not be reporting accurately. 

FAC has $599k in reserve funding. The charity can cover 9% or around 1 month of annual program costs with its existing reserves. F2022 and F2021 are the first years that Ci has reviewed FAC where its net funding reserves have been positive. Before, there were interest-bearing demand loans around $2m. The charity has paid off these loans over the past couple of years. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to First Alliance Church for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.  

Updated on May 25, 2023 by Clive Stevens. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.7%3.7%3.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 4.7%3.7%3.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 9.3%2.2%(6.9%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,6947,3828,262
Fees for service 285219642
Business activities (net) 283371213
Investment income 4420
Total revenues 7,3057,9749,118
Program costs - International 803662831
Program costs - Canada 4,4974,2754,975
Grants 1,1239951,581
Administrative costs 342293279
Fundraising costs 000
Other costs 64685
Total spending 6,7706,2727,751
Cash flow from operations 5351,7021,366
Capital spending 182269330
Funding reserves 599132(509)

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted donations by changes in deferred revenue from non-government sources. This affected revenues by $20k in F2022, $nil in F2021, and $nil in F2020. Ci adjusted donations by changes in deferred revenue for fees for service, including events deposits, events registrations, and summer camp registration. This affected revenues by ($17k) in F2022, $65k in F2021, and ($172k) in F2020. Ci also adjusted for the earned revenues and recoveries in the capital fund which were not otherwise accounted for. This affected revenues by $20k in F2022, $nil in F2021, and $nil in F2020. Ci reported administrative costs and grants to qualified donees from the charity's T3010 filings and backed out the amounts from program costs. Other cash expenses include interest expenses of $6k in F2022, $46k in F2021, and $85k in F2020, which were backed out of program costs. Ci reported alliance foreign missions, short-term missions, and global impact from the charity’s financial notes as international program costs rather than Canadian program costs. Ci backed out amortization from program and administrative costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 42

Avg. compensation: $82,470

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