Arthritis Society

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

Charitable Reg. #:10807 1671 RR0003


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) 51 cents are available for programs.

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About Arthritis Society:

Founded in 1948, Arthritis Society funds arthritis research, advocacy, and patient support to improve health outcomes among 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 $9.0m on programs and services and $3.6m on research in F2021.

Advocacy: 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 efforts focus on creating a national pharmacare program, expanding access to pain control treatments, and growing investment in arthritis research. In F2021, the charity reported having 67 meetings with policy makers.

Information and Support: 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. Arthritis Society reported reaching 2.1 million Canadians with information in F2021, including providing 62,183 people with direct or one-on-one support through its educational programs.

Research: This program represented 28% of Arthritis Society's total program spending in F2021. Informed by patient priorities, Arthritis Society funds research that focuses on joint pain, osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, childhood arthritis, and workplace policies and accommodations for those with arthritis. In F2021, Arthritis Society funded 78 lead researchers across 25 research institutes. The charity aims to invest $30m in arthritis research by 2025.


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Results and Impact

Arthritis Society reports that five provincial governments committed additional funding to reduce joint replacement surgery wait times due to its advocacy, in F2021. Additionally, the charity noted that 82% of its clients said that they felt empowered to better manage their arthritis after using Arthritis Society's services.

Every year, several researchers funded by Arthritis Society have their work published in peer-reviewed journals such as Clinical Rheumatology, BMC Rheumatology, and PLOS Medicine. One of these published studies was conducted by lead investigators Dr. Simon Eng, Dr. Rae Yeung, and Dr. Quaid Morris. The study investigated how childhood arthritis behaves in patients using artificial intelligence. After analyzing patterns in the swollen joints of 640 children, the study ultimately found seven patterns of arthritic joints that allow for a new way to classify adolescent arthritis into subtypes.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Arthritis Society’s results and impact. Charity Intelligence has not assessed impact on Arthritis Society. This shows as n/r, meaning not rated.

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Arthritis Society received $20.1m in donations in F2021. It also received $7.5m in government funding, representing 25% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 39% of donations. For every dollar donated, 51 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Arthritis Society has funding reserves of $9.2m, of which $2.4m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover just over six months of annual program costs using its funding reserves. 

Arthritis Society uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In F2020, it paid external fundraisers $1.0m to raise $1.7m at a cost of 59 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 August 27, 2021 by Rachel Leteta.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.3%11.2%11.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 39.2%54.0%53.1%
Total overhead spending 49.5%65.2%64.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 53.7%26.1%32.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 20,10519,96421,578
Government funding 7,5085,4165,371
Investment income 0121508
Other income 2,0091,4531,393
Total revenues 29,62226,95428,849
Program costs 8,90010,32211,361
Grants 4,0134,0564,249
Administrative costs 3,0452,9983,296
Fundraising costs 7,88310,78711,456
Total spending 23,84128,16330,361
Cash flow from operations 5,781(1,209)(1,512)
Capital spending 150184216
Funding reserves 9,2256,0737,354

Note: Ci reported realized investment income from the charity's T3010 filings and included unrealized gains (losses), removing the amounts from other income for F2020 and F2019. As Arthritis Society's F2021 filing is not yet available, investment revenue is included in Other in F2021. Ci included endowment contributions in donations, affecting revenues by $5k in F2021, $5k in F2020, and ($1k) in F2019. To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted grants by changes in research awards payable. This affected expenses by $457k in F2021, ($232k) in F2020, and ($232k) in F2019. Ci removed amortization allocated to expenses using the charity's financial notes.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 142

Avg. compensation: $86,983

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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