Vancouver Native Health

449 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1P5
Executive Director: Lou Demerais
President: Susan Tatoosh

Charitable Reg. #:13044 6933 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 91 cents are available for programs.

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About Vancouver Native Health:

Founded in 1991, the Vancouver Native Health Society (VNHS) supports the Aboriginal community living in Greater Vancouver. The charity recognizes that most of its clients struggle with substance abuse, mental health, chronic disease, homelessness and poverty. All of VNHS’s programs address one or more of these issues. VNHS runs a medical clinic and a dental clinic,  as well as  multiple child, family and social support services.

The Vancouver Native Health Society’s medical clinic cares for both Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals. Clinic services help clients with HIV, mental health issues, addictions and chronic diseases. The clinic had 20,500 patient visits and  served 2,500 individuals in 2015, of which 60% identified as Aboriginal.

The Vancouver Native Health Society recently launched its Cancer Care Program in response to rising cancer incidence in Aboriginals. The charity hopes that this program will increase awareness, prevention and screening opportunities for early detection of cancer in the community.

The Phil Bouvier Family Centre is the ‘family service hub’ for many of the charity’s support services, including Building Blocks Vancouver, the Aboriginal Infant Development program, the Vancouver Aboriginal Supported Child Development program and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters.

Two other major programs run by VNHS are Sheway and Positive Outlook. Sheway is for pregnant women or mothers of newborns under 18 months old who struggle or have struggled with substance abuse. Services include prenatal, postnatal and infant health care, counselling for addictions and child development, and housing assistance. The Positive Outlook program is for people in Downtown Eastside Vancouver living with HIV/AIDS. Services include nursing care, drug and alcohol counselling and meal provisions.

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Vancouver Native Health Society is a ‘micro-cap’ charity that received $154k in donations in F2015. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs of $1k reported on the charity's audited financial statements  are  1%  of donations. The charity’s T3010 filing to the CRA did not disclose any fundraising costs. Funding reserves of $2.2m can cover 35% of annual program costs, indicating a need for donations.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Vancouver Native Health Society. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 17, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.8%10.0%9.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.6%0.9%1.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 34.6%38.7%40.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 154249204
Government funding 6,0015,8626,098
Business activities (net) 545743
Investment income 232625
Other income 793787701
Total revenues 7,0256,9827,071
Program costs 6,3646,3046,441
Grants 1084
Administrative costs 617697661
Fundraising costs 124
Other costs 768
Cash flow from operations 26(36)(46)
Funding reserves 2,2072,4462,624

Note: Ci included children’s hospital contributions in donations. Included in business activities is gaming revenue reported gross of expenses. Gain (loss) on disposal of capital assets is not included in revenues. Amortization of deferred contributions is not included in revenues, decreasing revenues by $13k in F2014 and $27k in F2013.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 77

Avg. Compensation: $53,508

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 F2015

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