The Arthritis Society

393 University Avenue, Suite 1700
Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
President & CEO: Janet Yale
Board Chair: Drew McArthur

Charitable Reg. #:10807 1671 RR0003


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 35 cents are available for programs.

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About The Arthritis Society:

Founded in 1948, Arthritis Society of Canada (ASC) invests in arthritis research, advocacy and innovative solutions in order to deliver better health outcomes and quality of life for people affected by arthritisArthritis is a collection of conditions affecting joints and other tissues. It causes pain, restricts mobility and diminishes quality of life. ASC reports that one in five Canadians are living with arthritis and, without serious attention to the disease, it is expected that one in four Canadians will be affected by arthritis by 2040. Currently, there is no cure. ASC’s national office is in Toronto. 

ASC has funded over $200m in research projects since its founding. The charity funds research on alleviating arthritis pain, understanding the causes of arthritis, and ultimately discovering a cure. In F2018, ASC funded 21 researchers through Research Grants, Salary Awards and Training Awards. The charity reports it will commit $4.5m for arthritis research in F2019. 

Arthritis Society of Canada advocates on behalf of Canadians affected by arthritis in order to drive policy change and increase awareness of arthritis. The charity meets with federal and provincial decision makers, publishes policy papers, and runs public awareness campaigns. Current issues include advocating for provincial drug plans to improve access to affordable treatments that are essential to an adequate quality of life. In addition, the charity is calling for medical cannabisa pain relief alternative to opioids, to be treated the same as other medical necessities by being made tax-free.   

Arthritis Society of Canada runs support and education 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 to reduce the impact of arthritis on their lives 

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Results and Impact

Research highlights from 2018 include a study by Dr. Jason McDougall and Melissa O’Brien at Dalhousie University. The project identified that pain medications targeting inflammation may not work well for women who have higher rates of arthritis pain stemming from nerve damage rather than inflammation. The research showed a potential drug that blocked nerve pain was more effective in women, which could lead to the development of a new pain treatment.   

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Arthritis Society of Canada is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities, receiving $19.7m in donations in F2018. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 54% of donations. For every dollar donated, 35 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. ASC’s funding reserves total $9.6m, of which $2.3m are donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, these reserves cover seven months of program costs. 

Arthritis Society of Canada reports using external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In F2018, ASC paid external fundraisers $1.1m to raise $1.9m at a cost of 61 cents per dollar raised.  

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

Updated on June 6, 2019 by Caroline McKenna. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.3%9.7%9.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 53.6%43.0%40.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 45.6%67.9%65.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 19,67422,35923,485
Government funding 5,1325,2465,256
Investment income 220(55)198
Other income 1,4331,5501,235
Total revenues 26,45929,10030,174
Program costs 11,53410,99410,501
Grants 4,4624,6164,689
Administrative costs 2,9672,8172,878
Fundraising costs 10,5419,6239,461
Other costs 584604541
Cash flow from operations (3,628)4462,104
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 9,58612,85512,225

Note: Ci gathered investment income from the charity's T3010 CRA filings and included unrealized gains (losses), affecting total revenue by ($259k) in F2018, ($55k) in F2017 and $198k in F2016. Other cash expenses include building operations costs of $523k in F2018, $536k in F2017, $473k in F2016. The charity’s audited financial statements treat amortization of deferred lease inducements of $61k in F2018, $67k in F2017, and $67k in F2016 as a reduction of rental expenses. Ci included these figures in other costs. Ci backed out amortization from program and administrative costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 131

Avg. Compensation $94,432

Top 10 staff salary range

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$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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