Shine Through the Rain Foundation

1211 Gorham Street, Unit 12
Newmarket, ON L3Y 8Y3
Executive Director: Shannon Kroon
Board Chair: Jim Anderson

Charitable Reg. #:89188 1005 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 1/5]


Audited financial statements available only upon request.



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) 48 cents are available for programs.

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About Shine Through the Rain Foundation:

Originally incorporated as Cancer Recovery Foundation of Canada, in 2016, Shine Through the Rain Foundation (STRF) began working under its new name to help people affected by life-threatening illnesses. Based in Newmarket, ON, STRF offers diagnosed patients with life-threatening illnesses and their families support through financial aid and guidance. One of STRF's priorities is assisting patients with urgent financial crises to allow them to remain in the comfort of their own homes during treatment and recovery.

Shine Through the Rain Foundation runs four main programs, which include: Rainy Day Fund, Rainy Day Gifts, Camp Scholarships, and Adopt a Family for Christmas. No spending breakdown by program was provided by the charity.

Rainy Day Fund: As individuals suffering from life-threatening illnesses and their families often face significant financial challenges due to lost/reduced income, this program offers emergency payments for past-due rent and utilities, essential services, necessary accommodation, groceries, and transportation. It is a monthly distribution program for patients receiving active treatment. In F2019, STRF reports providing over $150k in financial aid (representing just over 50% of total program spending) to 358 patients and families in need.

Rainy Day Gifts (Pediatric Patients): Through this program, STRF provides pediatric patients gifts with the intention of offering them some joy and comfort during an especially trying time. Gifts provided include items such as board games, toys, crayons, puzzles, and books. In F2019, STRF delivered 103 gift packages to pediatric patients facing life-threatening illnesses. 

Camp Scholarships (Pediatric Patients): STRF offers camp scholarships for children in remission or treatment to attend a summer camp of their choice at no cost. Scholarships are also occasionally offered to siblings and children of diagnosed parents. In F2019, 31 kids experienced camp activities due to STRF's scholarships.

Adopt a Family for Christmas: Christmas is an especially difficult time for those with life-threatening illnesses, as these people may be in the hospital over the holidays or cannot travel to visit family due to medical appointments or medical bills. STRF thus provides monetary assistance designated to relieve financial burden around the holidays, and hosts a Christmas party. In F2019, nearly 20 patient families received financial assistance to cover expenses such as hospital parking costs for the month of December or groceries for Christmas dinner.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence did not find any quantified outcomes for Shine Through the Rain Foundation. Charity Intelligence has not assessed impact on STRF. This shows as n/r, meaning not rated.

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Shine Through the Rain Foundation received donations and special events revenues of $984k in F2020. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues and fundraising costs are 38% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 52%. For every dollar donated, 48 cents go to the cause, which is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

STRF has funding reserves of $674k which could cover just under 2.3 years of annual program costs. 

The Foundation used external fundraisers in F2020. The charity spent $317k to raise $708k from external fundraisers, at a cost of $0.45 per dollar raised.

In several years of STRF's audited financial statements, the auditor has raised uncertainty related to going concern. In the F2020 audited financials, the auditor noted an ongoing audit performed by the CRA in February 2016, where STRF's management was given notice regarding instances of non-compliance with CRA regulations. As a result, the CRA submitted a letter in February 2017 indicating its intention to revoke the Foundation's charitable status. STRF's management is reported to be attempting to resolve the issues identified in the CRA audit with the support of legal counsel. The charity being able to continue operations is dependent on a successful response to STRF's request for continuance by the CRA.

This charity report has been sent to Shine Through the Rain Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated July 16, 2021 by Rachel Leteta.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.2%17.9%18.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 37.7%37.1%47.6%
Total overhead spending 51.9%55.0%66.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 228.5%139.5%66.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 983,513906,697857,698
Government funding 39,69213,2900
Investment income 4441,004736
Total revenues 1,023,649920,991858,434
Program costs 294,749289,352440,133
Administrative costs 145,518165,025161,185
Fundraising costs 370,793336,209408,115
Total spending 811,060790,5861,009,433
Cash flow from operations 212,589130,405(150,999)
Funding reserves 673,627403,679293,641

Note: Ci notes that the compensation number provided on the right does not include $281k of professional and consulting fees ($276k in F2019) reported by the charity in its T3010 filing with the CRA.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 2

Avg. compensation: $77,356

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

We are happy to provide audited financial statements to those who request them. It is important to note however, that financial statements do not provide the opportunity to illustrate that we are in a catch 22 situation. While telemarketing costs may be higher than other fundraising methods, they can also provide significant funds that patient families across Canada urgently need now. This means that more vulnerable patients can be assisted quickly. There are serious gaps in the system and the fundraising methods utilized helped provide much needed funds to help patient families while we focus on expanding lower cost fundraising methods. Either we help many more patients and incur higher cost ratios, or help fewer people in order to have immediate lower cost ratios – the bottom line is more diagnosed patients would be evicted, have utilities disconnected, could not afford groceries and hospital parking costs.

Originally, we were called Cancer Recovery Foundation of Canada, part of the Cancer Recovery International with the head office in the United States. As the Canadian division of International, we were required by head office to follow specific requirements which in Canada, created high administration costs (i.e. fundraising methods, international shipping costs to purchase and transport heavy books into Canada). This situation resulted in our Board of Directors deciding to separate from International, and to change our mission from serving cancer patients to serving those with life-threatening illnesses. During this process, CRA commented on our administration costs. We facilitated the separation from Cancer Recovery Foundation International and are dealing with CRA. We are pleased to inform that we have, and continue to take, positive steps to address concerns. The charity believes it is on a long-term, financially sustainable path forward.

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001