Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta

5757 4 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: 4/5]



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) 55 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 operates in Calgary and has various programs: camp and family outreach (55% of program costs in F2018), research (20%), public awareness and education (8%), purchasing of buildings and equipment (7%), education support and scholarship (5%), volunteers (4%), and hospital programs (1%). The charity reports that in Alberta in 2015, 187 youth under 20 were diagnosed with cancer and 31 children died from it.

Combined, the Kids Cancer Care Camp program and family outreach program accounted for 55% of program spending in F2018. KCCF offers both summer and year-round camps for children with cancer and their families. The camps are free and have fully qualified staff who meet the unique needs of all camp-goers. KCCF offers different camp programs for children in different stages of the cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment, and in some cases, for families in mourning. KCCF’s camps combined served 725 kids in F2018. The charity’s outreach programs are year-long and give kids and their families a small break from the demands of cancer. One such program, the Cooking and Caring program, stocks the fridge and freezer for families affected by childhood cancer and served 354 meals to families in need in F2018. In total, outreach programs served 2,390 participants in F2018.

Five years after its formation, Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta started a research program that funds projects studying childhood cancers. In its F2018 annual report, 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 molecular profiles of patient tumours, which have resisted conventional therapies, to find new avenues for treatments. The charity also reports funding 1,897 square feet of new research space in F2018.

Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta recently started its educational support program in 2015. Services include parent support and education, assistance for kids re-entering schools, and tutoring. KCCF believes that this program addresses the needs of cancer survivors throughout their primary and secondary school years. In F2018, the charity provided 920 hours of tutoring support and lesson planning, which helped 27 kids in need. Cancer treatment may affect patients’ ability to learn or cause patients to fall behind in school. In 2017, the charity awarded 10 post-secondary scholarships to cancer survivors.

Results and Impact: A 2017 independent study by a University of Calgary researcher evaluated the social return on investment of KCCF’s SunMaker cancer camp and Teen Leadership Program. The study concluded that a dollar invested in the camp programs leads to a four-dollar return in social benefit to the children, families, and community. The Teen Leadership Program showed a 2-to-1 social return on investment.  A research study supported by KCCF showed that a certain combination of immune system therapies was able to cure 20% to 60% of the researcher’s cancer models, and when a third therapy was added, the cure rate was between 80% and 100%.

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Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta is a Medium-sized charity with total donations of $4.6m in F2018. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues, up from 10% in F2016 because of falling revenues. Fundraising costs are 31% of donations, up from 26% in F2016 because of falling donations. For every dollar donated, 55 cents go to the cause, which falls outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity holds funding reserves of $6.1m, of which $581k are donor-endowed. Funding reserves can cover annual program costs for 2.4 years. Omitting donor-endowed funds, the charity’s cost coverage drops to 2.1 years. Ci removed gifts-in-kind expenses when calculating the charity’s program cost coverage ratio.

KCCF used external fundraisers in F2016. The charity paid $7k to raise $16k from the external fundraiser for a cost of 41 cents per dollar raised. External fundraisers were not used in F2017, and F2018 information was not available at the time this report was written.

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 August 1, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending January
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.4%13.5%10.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 30.8%30.2%26.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 214.6%215.7%171.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,6164,6345,913
Goods in kind 171114107
Government funding 8996105
Business activities (net) 466514374
Investment income 04455
Other income 60(7)8
Total revenues 5,4025,3956,561
Program costs 2,0731,9982,133
Grants 678572534
Administrative costs 778722657
Fundraising costs 1,4201,4011,541
Cash flow from operations 4537031,696
Funding reserves 6,1195,8384,910

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred contributions related to operations and deferred contributions related to property, plant and equipment, increasing revenue by ($487k) in F2018, ($474k) in F2017, and $854k in F2016. Government funding for F2017 and F2016 was gathered from the charity’s T3010 CRA filing, affecting donations by ($200) in F2017 and $125k in F2016. F2018 CRA information was not available when the profile was created: Ci used the government grant value the charity reported in its financial statements and Ci could not separate investment income from the charity financial statement's "other revenues" line.  Business activities income consists of revenues from Camp Kindle rental operations net of expenses. 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, reducing total program costs by $630k in F2018, $627k in F2017, and $633k in F2016. Ci did not include "Change in deferred contributions: gifts-in-kind for property and equipment" in revenues, reducing revenues by $11k in F2018, $10k in F2017, and $40k in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 29

Avg. Compensation: $66,131

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 F2017

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