Royal University Hospital Foundation

103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W8
CEO: Arla Gustafson
Board Chair: Irene Boychuk

Charitable Reg. #:11927 9131 RR0001


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The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


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) 81 cents are available for programs.

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About Royal University Hospital Foundation:

Established in 1983, Royal University Hospital Foundation (RUH Foundation) raises funds for Royal University Hospital (RUH). Based in Saskatoon, RUH is Saskatchewan’s main trauma and treatment hospital.

RUH Foundation provides grants in three main areas: capital and patient care (83% of grants in F2020), research (10%), and education and fellowships (7%).

In September 2019, RUH Foundation opened the new RUH Adult Emergency Department. The foundation reports that the new facility is 2.5 times larger than its emergency room built in 1978. Through its grant funding, Royal University Hospital Foundation has helped to equip the emergency department with a new CT scanner, a four-vehicle ambulance bay, and five pneumatic tube stations.

The foundation's other priorities include research, education, and patient care at RUH. In F2020, RUH Foundation funded six chronic care initiatives, including the Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) clinic at Royal University Hospital. Since 2005, RUH Foundation reports that it has invested $1.3m in 42 Fellowship Grants for young physicians. This amounts to roughly $31k per fellowship.

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Results and Impact

Royal University Hospital Foundation estimates that the new RUH Adult Emergency Department serves more than 60,000 patients each year. Of these patients, more than 3,300 are treated for heart attacks. RUH Foundation also reports that over a 19-month period, its ILD clinic was able to refine or change patients’ diagnoses in 78% of referred cases. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Royal University Hospital Foundation’s results and impact.

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Royal University Hospital Foundation is a Large charity, with $8.3m in donations and special events revenue in F2020. Combined administrative and fundraising costs are 19% of revenues (less investment income). For every dollar donated to the charity, 81 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

RUH Foundation has $26.0m in total funding reserves, of which $15.0m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the foundation can cover annual program costs for around 2.4 years using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Royal University Hospital Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 7, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 18.9%17.8%26.9%
Total overhead spending 18.9%17.8%26.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 236.5%118.0%254.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 7,8777,5804,560
Government funding 393840
Lotteries (net) 1,1671,0961,062
Business activities (net) 402935
Special events 409455578
Investment income (504)981805
Total revenues 9,02910,1807,080
Grants 5,3988,0464,313
Fundraising & administrative costs 1,8001,6391,689
Total spending 7,1989,6856,002
Cash flow from operations 1,8304951,078
Capital spending 1245
Funding reserves 26,01224,42124,143

Note: Ci adjusted grants by changes in grants payable, affecting total expenses by ($817k) in F2020, ($1.8m) in F2019, and $145k in F2018. Ci reported investment income net of management fees, affecting total revenues and expenses by ($94k) in F2020, ($91k) in F2019, and ($90k) in F2018. Ci reported net gift shop sales in business activities, affecting total revenues and expenses by ($259k) in F2020, ($329k) in F2019, and ($316k) in F2018. Ci reported lottery revenues net of expenses, affecting total revenues and expenses by ($216k) in F2020, ($213k) in F2019, and ($212k) in F2018. Ci gathered Saskatchewan Charitable Gaming Grants from RUH Foundation’s financial notes and reported the amounts as government funding rather than lottery revenue. Ci removed amortization from combined overhead costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 10

Avg. Compensation: $94,027

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 F2019

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