Le Phare - The Lighthouse

2725 Avenue du Mont-Royal E
Montreal, QC H1Y 0A1
Executive Director: Lyne St-Martin
Board Chair: François Gratton

Charitable Reg. #:87808 9721 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) 60 cents are available for programs.

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About Le Phare - The Lighthouse:

Le Phare is a three-star charity. It has a B results reporting grade which is average. For every dollar donated to the charity, 60 cents are available to go to the cause, which is outside Ci's reasonable range.

Founded in 1999, Le Phare (The Lighthouse) provides free palliative care for children and counselling for their families. The charity's services include medical respite care, symptom management stays, end-of-life care, transition care (from hospital to home), bereavement support, and in-home respite by volunteers. Le Phare is located in Montreal, Quebec. The charity has three core programs: Maison Andre Gratton, Volunteer in-home Respite, and Psychosocial Support. In F2023, Le Phare spent $4.4 million on its programs and does not provide a breakdown of spending by program.

Maison Andre Gratton is the first pediatric palliative care home in Quebec. It can accommodate up to 12 children at a time. Care and support for children and families is provided by a medical and psychosocial team of physicians (on call 24/7), nurses (on site 24/7), social workers, pharmacists, and others. The charity provides four types of stays. Specialized respite provides specific care to a child for 30 days in a year. In F2023, 92% of stays were respite care. A transitional stay helps a child and their family adapt to new equipment and treatments after receiving care at a hospital, before going home. A symptom management stay provides care when a child’s health deteriorates. The team provides necessary care until the end-of-life stage. End-of-life care focuses on creating a comfortable environment for the child and the family during their final moments. Le Phare provided care to 188 children across Quebec in F2023. The charity provided 674 respite care and 19 symptom management and end-of-life care stays in F2023

Psychosocial Support offers support to family members through the various stages of an ill child. Activities include end-of-life decision-making workshops, sibling counselling, support groups, and bereavement follow-up. In F2023, Le Phare provided 511 hours of support to 160 family members. 75% of hours were for bereavement follow-up. The charity completed two end-of-life decision-making workshops and one sibling workshop in F2023.

Volunteer in-home Respite involves volunteers giving primary caregivers a break for three hours a week. Activities include reading, arts and crafts, building sets, various types of games, and sensory development. In F2023, the charity provided 10,500 hours of support.

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Results and Impact

Ci did not find any quantified results on Le Phare. This may not be a complete representation of the Le Phare’s results and impact.

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

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Le Phare received $3.3m in donations and special events revenue in F2023. The charity received $2.7m in government funding in F2023, representing 39% of total revenue. Administrative costs are 16% of revenue, and fundraising costs are 24% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 40%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 60 cents are available to go to the cause, which is outside Ci’s reasonable range.

Le Phare has $3.3m in reserve funds, which can cover 75%, or nine months of annual program costs.

There appears to be a misfiling with the charity's T3010 compensation filing with the CRA.

This is a new report. Charity Intelligence has sent this to Le Phare for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 11th, 2023 by Liam Chapleau.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.2%9.4%8.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 23.6%28.1%22.7%
Total overhead spending 39.8%37.5%30.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 75.2%86.4%89.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,8332,4632,875
Goods in kind 586650824
Government funding 2,6692,3573,004
Special events 502368402
Other income 1762935
Total revenues 6,7665,8677,139
Program costs 4,3743,9163,807
Donated goods exp 586650824
Administrative costs 1,093554576
Fundraising costs 788796742
Total spending 6,8425,9155,950
Cash flow from operations (76)(48)1,189
Capital spending 9053188
Funding reserves 3,2893,3843,409

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci included deferred contributions, impacting revenue by ($59k) in F2023, ($38k) in F2022, and ($125k) in F2021. Ci included deferred government funding, impacting revenue by ($230k) in F2023, $48k in F2022, and $183k in F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 27

Avg. compensation: $104,705

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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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.phare-lighthouse.com
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 514 954-4848


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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001