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Lung Association of Alberta & NWT

208, 17420 Stony Plain Road NW
Edmonton, AB T5S 1K6
Director: Anne Marie Downey
Board Chair: Paul Borrett

Charitable Reg. #: 13031 8041 RR0001
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: C-

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

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #12

Avg. Compensation $72,700

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 2
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 1
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Lung Association of Alberta & NWT:

Founded in 1939, Lung Association Alberta & NWT (TLA) raises money for research, advocacy, awareness and patient support for lung health in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. The charity started as Alberta Tuberculosis Association and focused on helping people affected by tuberculosis. By the 1970s, the healthcare system gained control over the disease and the charity broadened its scope to focus on all aspects of lung health, becoming the Lung Association Alberta & NWT. TLA now focuses on issues related to tobacco and smoking, asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and lung cancer, environmental issues affecting air quality, sleep apnea, and tuberculosis. Its overall mission is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. TLA runs its activities through two major program buckets: research and services & programs.

Lung Association Alberta & NWT funds lung health research through the National Research Program, which is run by the Canadian Lung Association (CLA). All provincial Lung Associations forward research assessments to CLA to fund the National Research Program.  TLA states that many provincial Lung Associations also use a portion of the funds raised to support provincial-level research programs. TLA outlines two major research grant programs on its website – Studentships and National grants. Through its Studentship grant program, up to five students receive funding by ARH Healthcare Foundation and one student receives funding from the Respiratory Health Strategic Clinical Network of Alberta Health Services. Students must study at either the University of Calgary or University of Alberta. TLA’s National Grant Review supports lung research or development projects and grants money to cover research costs such as laboratory supplies, technicians and equipment.

With its Services & Programs spending, TLA funds patient support, treatment and prevention programs, provides information on lung health, helps people quit smoking and advocates for laws that improve lung health.

Financial Review:

Lung Association Alberta & NWT is a medium-sized charity with total donations of $1.6m in F2016. Administrative costs are 26% of revenues and fundraising costs are 57% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.17 goes towards its programs, which does not fall within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. ALA holds funding reserves of $3.4m, including a $788k endowment fund. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover annual program costs and grants for 3.7 years.

Ci included national initiatives expenses of $214k in F2016, $199k in F2015 and $188k in F2014 in program costs – ALA sent these funds to the Canadian Lung Association for monthly research and general assessments.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Lung Association Alberta & NWT. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 19, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 25.8%14.5%10.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 57.1%30.7%33.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 459.9%316.8%214.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,633,0492,685,5213,085,028
Government funding 49,490406,767378,577
Business activities (net) 185,002225,927344,003
Investment income 9,36113,6389,778
Other income 8,38711,80747,965
Total revenues 1,885,2893,343,6603,865,351
Program costs 514,943943,1401,207,994
Grants 230,500233,682255,675
Administrative costs 483,780483,698400,293
Fundraising costs 931,767824,1851,039,935
Cash flow from operations (275,701)858,955961,454
Funding reserves 3,428,4953,727,8523,132,358
Note: Ci reported all campaign revenues, foundation revenue and corporate sponsorship revenue in donations. Ci reported grant revenue in government funding. Ci reported gaming revenue gross of direct expenses in business activities.

Comments added by the Charity:

For F2012, the funding reserves of $1.4 million referred to above consisted of $717k in endowed investments, $419k of externally restricted funds, and $274k in operational funds.

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