Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta

5757 4th Street SE
Calgary, AB T2H 1K8
CEO: Christine McIver
Board Chair: Darrell Graham

Charitable Reg. #:89940 9171 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) 61 cents are available for programs.

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About Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta:

Founded in 1994, Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta (KCCF) supports children and families affected by childhood cancer. The charity reports that in 2017, 187 youth under 20 were diagnosed with cancer in Alberta, 31 of whom passed away. The charity reports that one fifth of children with cancer do not survive. Childhood cancer receives only 5% of government awarded research funding in Canada according to KCCF. The charity operates in Calgary and has four main programs: Camp and Outreach, Public Awareness and Education, Research, and Education Support and Scholarship.

Camp and Outreach accounted for 61% of program spending in F2021. Camp Kindle offers free summer and year-round camps for children with cancer and their families. KCCF’s in-person camps had 275 kids in F2021. The newly added online camp program had a further 500 participants. The charity’s outreach programs give kids and their families a small break from the demands of cancer. One such program, Cooking and Caring, served 103 meals to families affected by cancer in F2021. Another program aims to keep kids physically active with 40 online sessions and 3 physically distanced outdoor adventures. 

Public Awareness and Education accounted for 15% of program spending F2021. The program aims to inform patients and the general public about childhood cancer. 1,673 viewers attended four Facebook Live information sessions with a child life specialist. A further 111 school kids learnt about childhood cancer and how to support a classmate during four virtual Cancer in the Classroom presentations.

Research accounted for 14% of program spending F2021. The charity does not report what specific research grants it spent $223k on in F2021. The charity reports it funds an international residency training program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. So far, three doctors from India have completed the three-year program. In F2018, the charity announced that it was partnering with over 30 children’s cancer research and funding groups across Canada. This pan-Canadian project called Terry Fox PROFYLE studies tumours that have resisted conventional therapies to find alternative treatments.

Educational Support and Scholarships account for the final 10% of program spending in F2021. In F2021, the charity awarded 13 post-secondary scholarships to cancer survivors. Cancer treatment may affect a patient'ss ability to learn or cause them to fall behind in school. In F2021, the charity provided over 2,000 hours of tutoring support and lesson planning, which helped 51 kids in need.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence did not find any quantified outcomes reported on Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta's website. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).  

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Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta has donations of $3.6m and $8k in donated goods in F2020. The charity received $576k in government funding, representing 14% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 12% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 28% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 39%. For every dollar donated, 61 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. KCCF has been outside of this range since F2017.

KCCF has $5.9m in funding reserves, of which $657k is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover 320% or around three years and 2 months of annual program costs with current reserves. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.  

Updated on July 27, 2021 by Brenleigh Jebb.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending January
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.9%14.2%17.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 27.6%31.6%36.6%
Total overhead spending 39.5%45.7%53.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 319.6%163.5%150.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 3,565,9384,241,9844,156,834
Goods in kind 8,07849,386133,841
Government funding 574,588126,84132,488
Business activities (net) (21,994)406,173395,834
Investment income 084,38277,907
Other income 49,49422,2188,547
Total revenues 4,176,1044,930,9844,805,451
Program costs 1,293,7332,072,0501,876,526
Grants 388,510686,7001,405,908
Donated goods exp 8,07849,386133,841
Administrative costs 496,718686,010802,800
Fundraising costs 982,9531,340,2511,522,260
Total spending 3,169,9924,834,3975,741,335
Cash flow from operations 1,006,11296,587(935,884)
Capital spending (7,258)101,358204,969
Funding reserves 5,928,5315,094,1114,941,785

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred contributions related to operations and deferred contributions related to property, plant and equipment, affecting donations by ($401k) in F2021, ($48k) in F2020, and ($1.2m) in F2019. Government funding for F2020 and F2019 was reported using the charity’s T3010 CRA filing and backed out of donations. Ci separated investment income from the charity's other revenues using the T3010 for F2020 and F2019. F2021 CRA information was not available when the profile was created. Camp Kindle rental operations is reported net of expenses affecting revenues and expenses by ($43k) in F2021, ($257k) in F2020, and ($264k) in F2019. Grants expenses consist of research costs and scholarship endowment and awards costs. Amortization allocated to camp and outreach programming was backed out of program costs. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 36

Avg. compensation: $64,051

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 F2020

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001