Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation

150 Kilgour Road
Toronto, ON M4G1R8
President & CEO: Sandra Hawken
Board Chair: Jason Smith

Charitable Reg. #:88932 6278 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 67 cents are available for programs.

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About Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation:

Founded in 1996, in Toronto, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation (HBF) provides specialized programs and clinical care for children and youth with rehabilitation and complex care needs to enable them to participate in life to the fullest. HBF highlights that there is great need for advancing science in the field of childhood disability research – there are approximately 400,000 children and youth with disability in Canada and millions worldwide. In F2018, HBF reports that $9.3m was granted to 5 programs. 48% went to research, 23% to patient care, 13% to teaching and learning, 9% to community resources, and 7% to participation and inclusion. HBF states that in F2018, it served 7,733 total clients, of which, 60% were male and 40% were female.  

HBF provides funding to the research the hospital conducts in order to develop better treatments for children dealing with illness or disability. In F2018, HBF reports having 42 scientists, who published 63 peer reviewed research articles. In addition, HBF trained 170 research students in F2018. One aspect of its research is the concussion research lab, which is part of the Holland Bloorview Concussion Centre and the Bloorview Research Institute. This works to generate innovative and evidence-based treatments for pediatric concussion care.  

Holland Bloorview Hospital Foundation provides funds for patient care at Holland Bloorview Hospital, which includes equipment and treatments for the needs of patients. In F2018, in addition to its 7,733 hospital clients, 500 families accessed the family support fund, to help families with the cost of treatments, 1,050 families found support in family resource center and, 3,141 families visited Ronald McDonald playroom at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitative Hospital. 

In F2018, HBF funded 541 students to learn about the various programs at Holland Bloorview Hospital.  

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Results and Impact

In F2018, HBF funded the Holland Bloorview Research Institute, which produced 63 peer-reviewed research publications. In addition, a therapeutic clown program produced by the hospital engaged 800 people. From in-patient clinician surveys the charity reports that, “79% of patients were more communicative, 94% were more sociable, 70% were less anxious. Moreover, the Independence Program (TIP) at Holland Bloorview works with a group of young adults with physical or cognitive disabilities learning how to live away from home by staying at a university or college residence for three weeks. A study completed in 2015 reported the effects of The Independence Project (TIP) at the hospital on previous patients over a 20-year period. The results showed that relating to achievement of adult roles, high levels of life satisfaction and overall quality of life were reported. Nearly every respondent reported using the skills they learned at the program in their lives afterwards and a high percentage attributed the acquisition and consolidation of core life skills to participating in this intensive immersive program.

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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation is a large-sized charity with $9.1m in donations and special events revenues in F2018. In addition, HBF received $2.3m in investment income in F2018. Its administrative costs are 3% of revenues, and its fundraising costs are 30% of donations. For every dollar donated, 67 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending 

HBF has total funding reserves of $99.8m, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 1027%. This means that the foundation can cover 10 years of its annual program costs using its existing reserves. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 2, 2019 by Parker Thomlinson.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.2%4.0%5.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 30.1%38.1%44.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 1,026.8%1,332.4%1,246.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 7,2444,8373,441
Special events 1,8112,3671,519
Investment income 2,3066,9481,007
Total revenues 11,36214,1525,967
Program costs 000
Grants 9,7197,6157,782
Administrative costs 290285254
Fundraising costs 2,7242,7472,193
Cash flow from operations (1,370)3,506(4,261)
Funding reserves 99,796101,46097,026

Note: An adjustment was made to grants reflecting the change in Due to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation year over year, affecting spending by ($412k) in F2018, ($788k) in F2017, and $431k in F2016. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 23

Avg. Compensation: $99,116

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 F2018

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation was established in 1996 to encourage community interest and raise funds in support of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The Foundation is currently focused on raising $80m for the No Limits Campaign for Childhood Disability, which aims to recruit top talent, lead in collaborative research, support the family leadership program and invest in the education of future health professionals.

In 2014 the Foundation made $6.1m in grants to the Hospital in the following areas: research (49% of grant funding), teaching and learning (19%), client and family centered care (15%), community resources (14%), and participation  & inclusion (3%).

Charity Contact

Website: www.foundation.hollandbloorview.ca
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