Lung Association of Alberta & NWT

208, 17420 Stony Plain Road NW
Edmonton, AB T5S 1K6
Board Chair: Evangeline Berube
Treasurer: Michelle Lee

Charitable Reg. #:13031 8041 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 29 cents are available for programs.

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About Lung Association of Alberta & NWT:

Founded in 1939, Lung Association Alberta & Northwest Territories (ALA) is a provincial arm of the Canadian Lung Association that raises money to fight lung disease. The charity's funding supports research and patients in need. It reports that there are currently 600,000 Albertans living with lung disease with many more undiagnosed. ALA works to create a world free of lung disease. It focuses on issues related to tobacco and smoking, asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), lung cancer, environmental issues affecting air quality, sleep apnea, and tuberculosis. ALA’s main programs consist of Research and Health Initiatives.

Health Initiatives accounted for 42% of program spending in F2020. ALA’s health services program provides support for people with lung disease and promotes awareness. Since F2017, the charity has visited over 100 schools in Edmonton informing people about lung health and the dangers associated with tobacco and e-cigarette use. The charity also supports patients and their families through programs, support groups, educational sessions, and lung transplant assistance programs. In F2020, ALA also helped over 35,000 Albertans who have lung disease and have been affected by covid-19. This includes 3,500 Albertans who received PPE.

Research accounted for 30% of program costs in F2020. Lung Association Alberta & NWT raises money to fund clinical research in Canada. ALA aims to increase awareness and understanding of lung disease and ultimately improve lung health across Canada. In F2020 the charity granted $241k to research projects. In F2019 the charity granted $277k to seven research projects.

National initiatives represented the final 28% of program spending in F2020. ALA grants to its partner organization, Canadian Lung Association, in order to fund national research. The charity, along with its provincial partners, funded 31 research projects in F2020.

Lung Association Alberta & NWT is building a new lung transplant recovery centre in Alberta. The charity reports this is the first facility of its kind in Canada. In F2020, the charity purchased land close to the University of Alberta Hospital in order to begin construction. 

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Results and Impact

ALA grants to research groups hoping to improve lung disease treatment and recovery. In 2019, a research group at Calgary University, supported by the Lung Association, published a paper detailing an asthma research advancement. The researchers discovered a treatment that will help people with asthma breathe easier by targeting the nervous system. 

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

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Lung Association Alberta & NWT has donations of $1.5m in F2020. The charity received $117k in government funding representing 6% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 23% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 48% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 71%. For every dollar donated, 29 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Lung Association Alberta & NWT has been outside of Ci’s reasonable range of overhead spending since its analysis in 2013. Overhead spending is up significantly compared to overhead spending of 51% in F2019.

ALA has $2.5m in funding reserves, of which $786k is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover 225% or around 2 years and 3 months of annual program costs with current reserves.

ALA paid its parent organization, Canadian Lung Association, research and general assessments totalling $86k and $140k respectively in F2020 and F2019.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Lung Association Alberta & NWT for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on June 25, 2021 by Brenleigh Jebb.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 22.9%16.6%18.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 47.8%34.5%38.0%
Total overhead spending 70.7%51.0%55.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 224.8%363.0%352.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,526,4792,128,7102,002,602
Government funding 117,23602,129
Business activities (net) 122,1351,48482,191
Investment income 39,60541,93322,827
Other income 63,87075,39967,099
Total revenues 1,869,3252,247,5262,176,848
Program costs 559,963591,660572,105
Grants 240,581277,283293,354
Administrative costs 419,293365,850386,753
Fundraising costs 729,992733,459760,396
Total spending 1,949,8291,968,2522,012,608
Cash flow from operations (80,504)279,274164,240
Capital spending 1,267,6208546,940
Funding reserves 2,497,8133,798,0353,712,635

Note: Ci reported all campaign revenues, foundation revenue and corporate sponsorship revenue in donations. Ci reported government funding from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Government funding was removed from donations. Ci reported gaming revenue gross of direct expenses in business activities.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 8

Avg. Compensation: $90,552

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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Alberta Lung Association asked that this additional information be included:

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4500 Station South, Edmonton, AB, T6E 6K2

Phone: Toll free 1-888-566-LUNG (5864) 

Local: 780-488-6819

Fax: 780-488-7195



Twitter : @lungabnwt

Facebook: @lungassociationabnwt

Tel: 780-488-6819