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
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: B+

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #136

Avg. Compensation $100,940

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 1
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 4
$120k - $160k 5
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About The Arthritis Society:

Founded in 1948, the Arthritis Society of Canada has two major focus areas: searching for the causes and cures for arthritis, and promoting the best care and treatment for people with the disease. Arthritis refers to over 100 conditions of damaged joints, usually due to either inflammation or injury. As of 2015, one in five Canadians live with arthritis. There is no cure for the disease.

The Arthritis Society of Canada directs a major part of program costs to fund research projects that look for better treatments, diagnostic tools or a cure for arthritis. Arthritis Centres are one of the Society’s four major funding recipients. Found in all medical schools across Canada, these centres run treatment and research programs. Nineteen centers received funding in 2015. The Society also gives Research Grants, Salary Awards and Training Awards. Through these three programs, the society funded 20 researchers in 2015.

The Arthritis Society of Canada announced in its most recent annual report that it will start funding research projects that study treatment options involving medical cannabis. Research will focus on how effective the drug is for reducing arthritis pain, how safe the treatment is, and whether it interacts with other treatments. The charity also launched an online pharmacist education program in 2014 that trained 1,350 pharmacies across Canada on how to meet the unique needs of customers with arthritis.

The Arthritis Society of Canada runs education and awareness programs for people with arthritis. In 2014, the Society held its first Quebec Forum on Arthritis in Montreal. The forum consisted of 50 sessions that discussed topics such as arthritis self-management and treatment, continuing arthritis education for health professionals, and the future for arthritis research. Over 800 people attended the event.

The Society also advocates for improved care and income support for people with arthritis by proposing public policy changes to the government.

Financial Review:

The Arthritis Society received donations of $21.8m in F2015, making it one of Canada’s 100 largest charities. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues and fundraising costs are 51% of donations. $0.62 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity’s funding reserves total $10.8m, of which $2.4m are donor-endowed. Funding reserves cover 66% of annual program costs – excluding donor-endowed funds, these reserves cover 52% of program costs.

The Arthritis Society has a National office and 10 regional divisions, all of which are separately registered with the Canadian Revenue Agency as independent operating charities. This report is based on the consolidated audited financial statements of all 11 charities. Compensation information reflects combined compensation schedules from all 11 registered charities based on current F2015 T3010 CRA filings.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by the Arthritis Society. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 8, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.6%9.7%12.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 51.4%53.2%49.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 66.0%76.8%119.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 21,75324,12423,535
Government funding 5,2535,3965,445
Other income 1,7352,0712,185
Total revenues 28,74131,59031,164
Program costs 11,73514,93412,117
Grants 4,6985,1064,722
Administrative costs 3,0593,0613,761
Fundraising costs 11,18412,84311,549
Other costs 501465541
Cash flow from operations (2,436)(4,818)(1,524)
Funding reserves 10,84215,38520,089
Note: Endowment contributions of $2k in F2015, $11k in F2014 and $44k in F2013 are included in total donations. Other income consists of investment, rental and miscellaneous income as reported in the charity’s audited financial statements. Other cash expenses include building operations costs of $465k in F2015, $483k in F2014 and $534k in F2013. The charity’s audited financial statements treat amortization of deferred lease inducements of $77k in F2015, $6k in F2014 and $6k in F2013 as a reduction of rental expenses. Ci added these figures back into other costs.

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