March of Dimes Canada

10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4
President & CEO: Andria Spindel
Board Chair: Blair Roblin

Charitable Reg. #:10788 3928 RR0001


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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) 57 cents are available for programs.

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About March of Dimes Canada:

Founded in 1949, March of Dimes Canada (MODC) was founded as March of Dimes to raise money for polio research. In the early 1960s, MODC began to pursue its current mission to increase the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities. In 1967, the legal name was changed to the Rehabilitation Foundation for the Disabled and in 2006 it became March of Dimes Canada. March of Dimes Canada offers a variety of programs including supported housing, employment services, accessibility services, passport services, community engagement, and more.

In F2018, March of Dimes Canada’s Independent Living Services made up 55% of total program spending. Independent Living Services provides 24/7 supportive housing, outreach attendant services, and other supports for daily activities. MODC reports providing 5,409 consumer services over a total of 3,154,983 service hours.

March of Dimes Canada’s Employment Services made up 17% of total program spending in F2018. This program works with participants to improve resumes and interview skills and connects them with potential employers. MODC reports that in F2018, it provided 10,618 consumer services over 262,986 hours.

In F2018, March of Dimes Canada’s AccessAbility Services made up 9% of total program spending. These services help people who need support for personal mobility, home modifications, and other mobility supports. MODC reports that it provided 7,400 consumer services over 18,000 hours in F2018.

March of Dimes Canada’s Passport and Community Engagement and Integration Services (CEIS) programs made up 14% and 4% of total program spending respectively in F2018. The CEIS program provides services that help people with disabilities who want to be active and involved in their communities.

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Results and Impact

In its 2014 Long-Term Outcomes of Home Modifications report, MODC says that 70% of the respondents reported that the modifications had been completely effective, and another 23% that the modifications had been effective for the most part. Additionally, 91% of the respondents reported that they could do things they could not do before the modification. Another 41% responded that the home modifications had unexpected benefits.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of March of Dimes Canada’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given March of Dimes a Fair impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Fair

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March of Dimes Canada is a ­­­­large charity, with total donations of $7.7m in F2018. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 37% of donations. Government funding of $99m in F2018 made up 73% of total revenues. For every dollar donated, 57 cents go to the cause. This is not within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $22.1m can cover two months of annual program costs.

­March of Dimes Canada paid external fundraisers $673k in F2018 to raise $1.8m for a cost of 36 cents per dollar raised.

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

Updated on June 27, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.3%6.3%6.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 36.6%39.1%47.3%
Total overhead spending 42.9%45.4%53.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 18.2%19.0%18.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 7,6836,7375,915
Government funding 99,21694,84890,095
Fees for service 27,69921,26716,231
Investment income 1,6071,264730
Total revenues 136,205124,116112,970
Program costs 121,402110,025101,071
Administrative costs 8,4747,6966,808
Fundraising costs 2,8132,6332,797
Other costs 16600
Total spending 132,855120,355110,676
Cash flow from operations 3,3503,7622,294
Capital spending 759883893
Funding reserves 22,13020,87919,072

Note: Ci added unrealized loss (gain) on restricted investments to revenues. This affected revenues by $209k in F2018, ($140k) in F2017, and $171k in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 1,058

Avg. Compensation: $53,260

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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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

March of Dimes Canada’s services under the Community Engagement and Integration Services Department all share the common goals of increasing participant independence and community participation, and enhancing their quality of life. Programs include:

  • Conductive Education®: a physical rehabilitation program that helps children and adults with motor disabilities improve movement and ability to perform everyday tasks
  • After Stroke: a national series of programs to assist stroke survivors and their caregivers
  • LIFE: a life-skills development program to assist youth with physical disabilities make the transition to an independent, adult life.
  • Recreation: recreation and travel opportunities for people with physical disabilities
  • Designability: a volunteer-led program to design and build custom assistive devices to meet specific needs of people with disabilities.
  • Post Polio: providing support for polio survivors now experiencing the late effects of polio.
  • National Community Development: expanding MODC services to other provinces outside of Ontario

March of Dimes Canada achieved prestigious accreditation from Imagine Canada Standards Program on March 17, 2015.  The Standards Program Trustmark signals that MODC has demonstrated compliance with each of the Imagine Canada Standards. The Standards Program awards accreditation to charities and non-profits that demonstrate excellence in five areas of operations. The Standards are focused on five areas:

  • Board Governance
  • Financial Accountability and Transparency
  • Fundraising
  • Staff Management
  • Volunteer Involvement

In 2012 and 2014, MODC won the Volunteer Sector Reporting Awards for excellence in non-profit accountability, transparency and governance from the Chartered Accountants of Ontario and Queens University.

March of Dimes Canada has also, for the past two decades, achieved and maintained ISO registration for its Independent Living Services, Acquired Brain Injury Program, Home and Vehicle Modification Program, and Northern Medical Clinics.

2017-2018 was an excellent financial year for MODC. Gross revenue increased by 9.4% over 2016-2017 to $136M and generated a net operating surplus, excluding investments and expenditures from funds, of $3.46 million. Surplus as a percentage of total revenue was 2.5% with 97.5% of the total revenue raised spent on programs and operations during the fiscal year. In 2017-2018, 96.3% of gross expenses and 91.2% of net expenditures were spent on program delivery. Administration and amortization accounted for 6.7% of expenditures and Fund Development accounted for 2.1% of total expenditures.

Total fundraising and administrative costs are under 10% of total expenses.

The 2017-2018 operating surplus of $3.46 million is reinvested in the organization and spent in subsequent years. MODC has established a number of funds and reserves which permit investment in new programs and research, addresses capital needs, and protects the organization to ensure continued financial viability against loss of business or financial shortfalls, and provides for the cash flow needs of the organization. During 2017- 2018, $1.45M was expended from these funds and reserves, generated in previous years, on services, program development and evaluation, research, and capital expenditures. At the end of the 2017-2018 fiscal year, surplus funds were transferred, by Board resolution, to several funds, including the Program Development and Evaluation Fund, to pilot and evaluate new models of service, the Housing Development Fund, the National Strategic Stroke Recovery Fund, and the Major Capital Reserve Fund.


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