Ovarian Cancer Canada

205-145 Front St. East,
Toronto, ON M5A 1E3
CEO: Elisabeth Baugh
Board Chair: John Fleming

Charitable Reg. #:87297 4845 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 61 cents are available for programs.

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About Ovarian Cancer Canada:

Founded in 1998, Ovarian Cancer Canada (OCC) is the only registered Canadian charity solely dedicated to overcoming ovarian cancer, the organization provides leadership in research, advocacy, and support, so that women live better, longer lives. OCC reports that ovarian cancer is the 5th most common form of cancer for women and that 2,800 Canadian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, of which 50% will not live past 5 years. OCC hopes to accomplish its mission of overcoming ovarian cancer through three programs: education and awareness (53% of program spending), support (31%), and research (16%).

Ovarian Cancer Canada attempts to support women and advocate for ovarian cancer research by bringing attention to the government that this issue should be given attention. In F2018, OCC reports that federal elected representatives and the Minister of Health received letters from 1,417 Canadians all asking the government to invest in ovarian cancer research. In addition, in the House of Commons, MP John Oliver read a petition signed by 12,703 Canadians calling attention to the need for research funding. Moreover, in F2018, four women with ovarian cancer, six researchers and seven Ovarian Cancer Canada representatives discussed the issues directly with 49 federal decision makers at an event on Parliament Hill that was hosted by the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus and Speaker Geoff Regan.

Ovarian Cancer Canada provides support to women who have been diagnosed or are dealing with ovarian cancer. In F2018, OCC reports that 1,058 women are benefitting from firsthand insights from others living with ovarian cancer and available advice from professionals encompassed in the online guides, By Your Side and Still By Your Side. These informative resources continue to support and inform the journeys of women who have received a new diagnosis or are facing recurrence of ovarian cancer. In addition, 264 people heard directly from subject matter experts about the latest developments and information related to this disease during a series of webinars. Webinars were presented live, offering opportunities for audience members to ask questions in real time. Recordings are available online.

Since its inception, Ovarian Cancer Canada has provided $6m to advance research for ovarian cancer treatments and medicine. Specifically, in F2018, $424k was provided to advance this research.

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Results and Impact

In F2018, OCC reports that a total of 1,409 women with gynecological cancers provided permission for their samples to be collected, resulting in more than 7,000 new biological samples for researchers to work with. To date, materials from the Ovarian Cancer Canada Tissue Banking Network have been used in 450 studies throughout the country and internationally.

In F2017, an awareness campaign to get Canadians the facts on ovarian cancer began. As a result, there was a 118% increase in requests for support resources for women dealing with ovarian cancer or an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

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Ovarian Cancer Canada is a medium-sized charity, receiving $3.7m in donations and special events fundraising revenues in F2018.  Administrative costs were 6% of revenues and fundraising costs represented 33% of donations. For every dollar donated, 61 cents go to the cause, which is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

OCC has funding reserves of $1.3m which can cover almost 6 months of annual program costs.

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

Updated July 18, 2019 by Parker Thomlinson.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.3%5.2%5.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 32.8%33.2%33.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 48.6%72.9%58.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 860,4541,259,099970,544
Special events 2,795,0972,997,4662,845,305
Investment income 20,06911,19712,296
Other income 130,415228,904102,495
Total revenues 3,806,0354,496,6663,930,640
Program costs 2,625,3492,568,5242,547,886
Administrative costs 237,171233,967229,024
Fundraising costs 1,199,2411,412,7681,275,613
Cash flow from operations (255,726)281,407(121,883)
Funding reserves 1,277,0221,871,7951,484,592

Note:  Amortization was backed out of administration costs affecting admin costs by ($30k) in F2018, ($977) in F2017, and ($2.2k) in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 26

Avg. Compensation: $71,969

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 F2018

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