VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation

190-855 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
President & CEO: Angela Chapman
Board Chair: Gary Segal

Charitable Reg. #:13217 3063 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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



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 VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation:

Founded in 1980, VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation is the fundraising arm of Vancouver Coastal Health. It raises funds for Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and Vancouver Community Health Services. VGH is the largest hospital and one of two Level 1 Trauma Centres in BC. Half of its patients come from outside Metro Vancouver for advanced treatment available only at VGH. UBC Hospital specializes in non-life-threatening emergencies and services. These include urgent care, day surgeries, diagnostic imaging, bladder care, brain research, sleep disorder treatment, and neurology clinics. In Newsweek's 2020 ranking of Canadian hospitals, Vancouver General Hospital ranked 7th in Canada. 

In F2021, VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation granted $39.4m to Vancouver Coastal Health and $138k to Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative. It provides grants in four main areas: equipment and capital projects, research, patient care and other, and education.

Equipment and capital projects represented 33% of grants in F2021. VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation raises funds to buy new surgical and diagnostic equipment. The charity reports that its hospitals treat 60% of BC’s adult trauma cases and perform 30,000 surgeries each year. In 2016, it launched its $60m Future of Surgery campaign to upgrade VGH’s surgical facilities and reduce wait times. Since the start of the campaign, VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation reports that it has opened 16 new operating rooms and a 40-bed care unit for surgical patients. As part of the campaign’s next phase, the charity plans to renovate 14 existing operating rooms.

Research was 33% of grants in F2021. VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation launched a new research fund in 2020 to support covid-19 research projects. It helped to fund the CONCOR-1 clinical trial, which tested blood plasma from recovered covid-19 patients for antibodies. The study involved 58 health centres across Canada. VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation also funds research projects in areas such as cancer treatment and physical trauma. According to its most recent annual report, it funded two new research chair positions in 2019, one for precision medicine and one for breast reconstruction among cancer patients.

Patient care and other made up 31% of grants. The charity reports that VGH is the only hospital in BC that offers lung, liver, and pancreas transplants. Between 2018 and 2019, VGH performed 50% of all organ transplants in the province, including 50 double lung transplants. VGH also runs a unique Canine Scent Detection Program to identify and prevent cases of clostridium difficile (C. diff) in the hospital. C. diff is an antibiotic-resistant germ that frequently infects immunocompromised patients staying in hospital units. Between 2016 and 2019, VGH’s detection dogs searched 1,241 hospital areas, raising alerts in 45% of units searched.

Education represented the remaining 4% of grants. In 2019, VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation helped to deliver 835 educational sessions to 3,468 staff members.

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Results and Impact

VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation has not yet posted an annual report for 2021 or 2020. Certain results refer to 2019.

VGH runs a specialized Neurocritical Care program to treat brain injuries that require advanced monitoring and care. Before the program started, the chances of a patient regaining full brain function after a traumatic brain injury were 37%. VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation reports that as of 2019, patients treated by the program have a 60% recovery rate.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation is a Major 100 charity, one of Canada’s largest charities in terms of donations. It received $49.2m in donations in F2021. It also received $1.1m in government wage subsidies during the year. Administrative costs are 17% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 2% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 19%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 81 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

VHG and UBC Hospital Foundation has $351.7m in funding reserves. This includes $129.6m in endowment funds, but the charity’s audited financial statements do not separate donor-endowed funds from internally-endowed funds. Total reserves can cover annual grant costs for 8.9 years.

The charity’s funding reserves contributed $33.6m in investment income in F2021, at an estimated rate of return of 12% ($1.1m at a rate of return of 0.4% in F2020). Over the last nine years, Ci estimates that VHG and UBC Hospital Foundation's investment returns have averaged 6%.

VHG and UBC Hospital Foundation discloses related party transactions. In F2021, it received $749k in donations from directors and officers, which Ci classified as other income. It granted $39.4m to Vancouver Coastal Health during the year.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 27, 2021 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.6%18.1%12.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 2.2%5.9%4.7%
Total overhead spending 18.9%23.9%17.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 891.8%509.7%816.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 49,22142,09856,696
Goods in kind 1776481,002
Government funding 1,13600
Lotteries (net) 10,9266,9755,404
Business activities (net) 01,7181,718
Investment income 33,6441,10212,355
Other income 2,3633,9805,765
Total revenues 97,46756,52082,941
Grants 39,43359,68338,995
Donor-designated donations 13820017
Administrative costs 10,61810,0118,712
Fundraising costs 1,0982,4682,670
Total spending 51,28772,36150,394
Cash flow from operations 46,181(15,841)32,547
Capital spending 141120189
Funding reserves 351,679304,174318,486

Note: Ci reported lotteries net of expenses, affecting revenues and expenses by ($14.5m) in F2021, ($17.2m) in F2020, and ($16.9m) in F2019. Ci included changes in fair value of investments in investment income, affecting revenues by $22.1m in F2021, ($8.9m) in F2020, and $5.1m in F2019. In F2021, the charity received government funding through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, which it reported as a reduction of expenses. Ci reported government funding in revenues, affecting revenues and expenses by $1.1m in F2021. Ci reported donated assets as goods in kind and removed the amounts from donations. Ci reclassified donations from related parties, including the charity’s directors and Friends of VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation, as other income and removed the amounts from donations. Ci reclassified net parking revenues as business activities and removed the amounts from other income. Ci excluded non-cash losses and impairments on prize homes from other income, affecting revenues by $nil in F2021, $155k in F2020, and $181k in F2019. To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted grants by changes in amounts due to Vancouver Coastal Health. This affected expenses by ($1.9m) in F2021, $1.5m in F2020, and ($1.4m) in F2019. Ci removed amortization from administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 66

Avg. compensation: $109,430

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
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$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation had made the decision to not publish a traditional annual report, choosing to focus on more specific and bespoke reporting than is possible in one annual publication.

Financial information and distributions can be found here:

The Foundation has focused their efforts on providing donors with accountability reports specific to their area of interest and support. Three of these reports can be accessed on the Foundation website:

Brain Breakthroughs:
Future of Surgery:
COVID-19 Response and Research:

In addition to these campaign-specific accountability reports, the Foundation also publishes a bi-annual magazine, which highlights recent initiatives, stories of impact, and donor profiles:

The Foundation would be pleased to respond directly to any inquiries on our financial information. Please email using the Subject Line: Financial Information Request



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