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British Columbia Lung Association

2675 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 2K2
President & CEO: Christopher Lam
Board Chair: Dr. Peter Paré

Charitable Reg. #: 10681 1979 RR0001
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B

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

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #16

Avg. Compensation $76,344

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About British Columbia Lung Association:

The British Columbia Lung Association (BCLA) was initially founded in 1906 as the Anti-Tuberculosis Society. In 1978, the Society changed its name to the BC Lung Association, broadening its focus to all respiratory diseases including asthma, lung cancer, sleep apnea and COPD. The charity reports that 1 in 5 Canadians have lung disease, more than 13% of children are affected by asthma, and COPD is the number one cause of hospitalization in Canada. BCLA’s headquarters is located in Vancouver.

BC Lung Association provides free tools, resources and support to help British Columbians prevent and manage their chronic lung conditions. It helps people quit smoking as well as reduce their exposure to second-hand smoke and air pollution. BCLA operates BC’s free quit smoking support service, It also supports a Facebook community of 18,000 people by celebrating members who have quit smoking and encourages others to try.

The charity works with governments to pass and defend laws that protect the lung health of people in BC. BCLA advocates for improvements in patient access to proven treatments and increased funding for disease prevention research. Research has shown that youth are more likely to start smoking if their favourite movie star smokes on screen. In 2017, by partnering with the BC Healthy Living Alliance, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Junction Digital Communications, BCLA helped a group of students from Vancouver promote to movie producers that smoking in movies is #NotSmokingHot. This campaign drew attention from both local and national media stations including Global National.

BC Lung Association also provides grants to researchers who are searching for new treatments and cures for a variety of lung diseases. The majority of funding from 2012-2016 went towards asthma and COPD research. 300 projects were funded from 2012-2016 with a total of $11.8 million being invested.

Results and Impact: A researcher funded by BCLA, Dr. Eleanor Setton of Victoria, discovered that the number of cruise ships docking in Victoria’s harbour had been increasing since 2000. This had led to an increase in air pollution, particularly sulfur dioxide emissions. Dr. Setton’s research influenced changes in emission control laws which have decreased sulfur dioxide emissions by 50%. This has resulted in estimated cost savings of $900 million in health benefits in Canada..

Financial Review:

British Columbia Lung Association is a medium-sized charity that collected $2.5m in donations and special events fundraising in F2017. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 49% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, $0.42 goes towards the cause. This falls outside of Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range of overhead costs. Funding reserves of $8.4m can cover 1.8 years of annual program costs.

BCLA recognized $3.4m of deferred contributions as revenue in F2016. This was $1.4m above what the charity received in revenue during the year.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to British Columbia Lung Association for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated June 28, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.8%7.4%6.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 49.0%56.5%43.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 180.6%170.9%220.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,0851,8912,442
Government funding 2,7003,2723,399
Special events 435427515
Investment income 447151446
Other income 251183497
Total revenues 5,9185,9247,299
Program costs 3,5174,1794,340
Grants 1,1201,010923
Administrative costs 479426433
Fundraising costs 1,2341,3101,288
Cash flow from operations (431)(1,001)315
Funding reserves 8,3728,86811,623
Note: Ci included changes in fair value of investments as investment income, affecting total revenue by $256k in F2017, ($46k) in F2016 and $190k in F2015. Ci included foreign exchange gains as other revenue, affecting total revenue by $15k in F2017, $5k in F2016 and $73k in F2015. Ci adjusted administrative costs for amortization by ($51k) in F2017, ($50k) in F2016 and ($55k) in F2015.

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