Arthritis Society

393 University Avenue, Suite 1700
Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
President & CEO: Trish Barbato
Board Chair: Kenneth Smith

Charitable Reg. #:10807 1671 RR0003


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 37 cents are available for programs.

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About Arthritis Society:

Founded in 1948, Arthritis Society invests in arthritis research, advocacy, and patient support to deliver better health outcomes and quality of life to people affected by arthritis. Arthritis is a collection of conditions affecting joints and other tissues. It causes pain, restricts mobility, and diminishes quality of life. Arthritis Society reports that one in five Canadians is currently living with arthritis. Without serious attention to the disease, the charity estimates that one in four Canadians will be living with arthritis by 2040. Currently, there is no cure. Arthritis Society’s national office is in Toronto. 

Arthritis Society spent $4.3m in research projects in F2019, representing 28% of program spending. Funding focuses on research to alleviate joint pain, understand causes of arthritis, and develop innovative treatments. In F2019, Arthritis Society funded 77 lead researchers across 32 research institutes. The charity aims to invest $30m in arthritis research by 2025. 

Arthritis Society advocates on behalf of Canadians affected by arthritis to drive policy and raise awareness. The charity meets with federal and provincial officials, publishes policy papers, and runs public awareness campaigns. Its advocacy focuses on creating a national pharmacare program, expanding access to pain control treatments, and growing investment in arthritis research. In the 2019 federal election, Arthritis Society lobbied for medical marijuana and the removal of federal taxes on its sale.

Arthritis Society runs information and support programs for people affected by arthritis. Its website is a go-to source of evidence-based information, resources, and online tools to help those living with arthritis manage the disease and reduce its impact on their lives.  

In November 2019, Arthritis Society kicked off a new fundraising campaign, "Don't donate to Arthritis Society," tackling public perceptions that arthritis is not considered a serious disease and is "achy joints for old people." This new marketing shows the human effects of arthritis.

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Results and Impact

Research highlights from 2019 include a study led by Dr. Frank Beier at Western University. The project aimed to develop new drug delivery methods for osteoarthritis, as current methods circulate medications through the entire body and cause undesired side effects. Researchers developed a new delivery method that converts drugs into tiny particles and injects them directly into affected joints. The new treatment method could reduce side effects while treating osteoarthritis.

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

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Arthritis Society is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities, receiving $21.8m in donations in F2019. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 53% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 63%. For every dollar donated, 37 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Arthritis Society’s total funding reserves are $7.8m, of which $2.3m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity’s program cost coverage ratio is 36%. This means that the charity can cover four months of annual program costs with its funding reserves. 

Arthritis Society uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In F2019, it paid external fundraisers $1.1m to raise $1.8m at a cost of 62 cents per dollar raised.  

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

Updated on June 10, 2020 by Eric Zhao. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.0%11.3%9.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 53.0%53.6%43.0%
Total overhead spending 63.0%64.9%52.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 36.0%45.9%69.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 21,75219,67422,359
Government funding 5,3715,1325,246
Investment income 32220398
Other income 1,6691,4331,097
Total revenues 28,82326,45929,100
Program costs 11,12911,53410,994
Grants 4,2554,3594,292
Administrative costs 2,8712,9672,817
Fundraising costs 11,52910,5419,623
Other costs 578523536
Total spending 30,36129,92428,262
Cash flow from operations (1,538)(3,465)838
Capital spending 216396459
Funding reserves 7,8339,58612,855

Note: Ci reported investment income from the charity's T3010 CRA filing and included unrealized gains (losses), affecting total revenue by ($199k) in F2019, ($259k) in F2018, and ($55k) in F2017. Ci adjusted the charity's reported research grants: Arthritis Society reports research grants of $4.5m in F2019, $4.5m in F2018, and $4.6m in F2017. Part of these research grants were not paid out in the fiscal year: ($232k) in F2019, ($103k) in F2018, and ($324k) in F2017. Charity Intelligence shows the actual research grants paid during the year. Other cash expenses include building operation costs of $578k in F2019, $523k in F2018, and $536k in F2017. Ci backed out amortization from program and administrative costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 143

Avg. Compensation: $87,019

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 F2019

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