Canadian Digestive Health Foundation

2525 Old Bronte Road, Suite #455
Oakville, ON L6M 4J2
CEO: Jeff Suggitt
Board Member: Dr. Elena Verdu

Charitable Reg. #:88996 8269 RR0001


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Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 51 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Digestive Health Foundation:

NOTE: Canadian Digestive Health Foundation now receives all of its funding from corporate sponsors, so any future profile updates are suspended indefinitely. 

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF) aims to provide Canadians with accessible and accurate information about digestive health and disease. CDHF reports that more than 20 million Canadians suffer from digestive disorders every year, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, hemorrhoids, and lactose intolerance. CDHF works closely with the Canadian Association of Gastroenerology, the foundation’s parent organization.

In F2016, Canadian Digestive Health Foundation allocated $93,132 to developing OneBiota. This project investigates the tiny organisms called microbiota that live in human’s digestive systems. OneBiota reports that microbiota work to digest food, protect the body from harmful organisms, and influence mood and energy. The project believes that elements of microbiota may influence a person’s likelihood to develop chronic illnesses including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or inflammatory bowel disease. Through OneBiota, CDHF aims to support research, share information, and accelerate development of treatments related to microbiota.

Results and Impact: In F2005, CDHF pledged $66,000 over three years to support Dr. Herbert Gaisano’s research lab. The money funded the work of PhD student Patrick Lam researching alcoholic pancreatitis. CDHF reports that four papers with contributions from Lam were published in high ranking scientific journals.

In F2015, Canadian Digestive Health Foundation reported that its website was accessed over 1 million times per month.

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Canadian Digestive Health Foundation is a Small charity, with donations and donated goods-in-kind of $776k in F2016. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 41% of donations. For every $1 donated, 51 cents go to the cause, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Charity Intelligence has used administrative and fundraising costs as reported on the foundation’s T3010 filing. In F2015, fundraising costs exceeded donations because Ci has adjusted for deferred donations. 

CDHF reports having two employees in F2016, representing a decline of 80% in both salary spending and number of employees from F2014. The foundation did not report salaries in F2015.

CDHF has $490k in funding reserves which could cover program costs for 1.2 years.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Digestive Health Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 28, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.9%4.1%10.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 41.3%105.9%0.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 121.0%160.2%314.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 307,19586,052262,893
Goods in kind 468,753378,8491,383,356
Fees for service 182,800372,851400,629
Investment income 2,7544,5509,507
Other income 65,69492,994128,732
Total revenues 1,027,196935,2962,185,117
Program costs 872,992746,2921,593,691
Grants 50011,66728,000
Administrative costs 80,55237,712216,599
Fundraising costs 126,71391,1440
Other costs 4,3502,9843,497
Cash flow from operations (57,911)45,497343,330
Funding reserves 489,775607,406749,526

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred revenues, affecting donations by ($140k) in F2016, ($153k) in F2015, and $167k in F2014. The adjustment included only those revenues Ci believes to be related to donations. Ci has used administrative and fundraising costs as reported on the foundation's T3010. Contributed materials and services from industry partners increased total revenues and expenses by $469k in F2016, $379k in F2015, and $1.4m in F2014. Other revenue consists of special events, royalties and projects and advertising income.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 2

Avg. Compensation: $35,872

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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