North York General Hospital Foundation

4001 Leslie Street
Toronto, ON M2K 1E1
CEO: Graham Rosenberg
Board Chair: Nicole German

Charitable Reg. #:88875 1245 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 74 cents are available for programs.

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About North York General Hospital Foundation:

Founded in 1968, North York General Hospital Foundation (NYGH Foundation) raises money to buy equipment, upgrade facilities, and support research at North York General Hospital (NYGH). The hospital sees over 420,000 patients every year, and in F2020, facilitated 4,954 births, 29,491 admissions, and 359,956 outpatient visits. In Newsweek's 2020 rankings of Canadian hospitals, North York General ranked fourth in Canada. 

In F2021, NYGH Foundation granted $9.7 million to the Hospital for use in its programs not covered by the government, such as purchase of state-of-the-art technology. The Foundation provides the Hospital funding for four main areas: Equipment and Technology; Capital Upgrades and Renovations; Research and Innovation; and Cancer Care. No spending breakdown by program was provided by the charity.

Equipment and Technology: The Foundation funds the maintenance and/or purchase of critical, day-to-day equipment that needs repair or is at the end of its lifespan. Purchasing advanced technology also ensures patients have access to the best care at NYGH. Some equipment funded in F2020 includes: an ECG gating machine, an immunehematology analyzer, birthing beds, a CT scanner and portable ultrasounds. The Foundation reported that pre-covid-19, the Medical Imaging Department was doing around 250,000 tests a year.

Capital Upgrades and Renovations: Grants to Capital Upgrades and Renovations allow for hospital expansion, and hence, increased capacity for healthcare delivery. A recent focus of this program is expanding the Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency Department (ED). North York General Hospital's ED treats around 129,000 patients a year, with over 80% of those treated discharged without being admitted as inpatients as the ED is "bursting at its seams". The Foundation has a goal of raising $11 million for the expansion of the ED, and to develop a new Mental Health Emergency Services Unit. 

Research and Innovation: The Foundation reports that NYGH was the first community hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto for research, and is an integral learning site for medical students and other clinical learners. In F2020, five research chairs were awarded funding, and there were 113 nursing and allied health award recipients.

Cancer Care: North York General Hospital has several clinics dedicated to caring for cancer patients, including the BMO Breast Diagnostic Clinic. NYGH Foundation reports that from 2014-2019, the Hospital saw 16,000 cancer patients.



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Results and Impact

The Foundation reports that by financially supporting the renovation of the Cardiac Care Clinic, the care experience for more than 4,000 patient visits was improved. Specifically, the renovation increased accessibility for patients with mobility issues, and increased capacity to accommodate patients bringing family support to their appointments.

NYGH Foundation also highlighted a study conducted by lead investigator Veselina Stefanova, which was published in the Journal of Urology. Syefanova's study provides evidence that the TPBx approach for testing and diagnosing prostate cancer has significantly fewer complication rates versus the traditional prostate biopsy method. Considering only 1% of testing for prostate cancer in North America is done using TPBx, the findings of this study could be used to improve patient care.

Charity Intelligence highlights these key results. They may not be a complete representation of North York General Hospital Foundation's results. Charity Intelligence has not assessed impact on NYGH Foundation. This shows as n/r, meaning not rated.

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North York General Hospital Foundation had donations and special events revenue of $14.2m in F2021. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues and fundraising costs are 13% of donations. For every $1 raised, 74 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

NYGH Foundation has $100.0m in funding reserves, which can cover program costs for 10.3 years. The Foundation has an Endowment Fund with a balance of $70.0m in F2021. As the charity does not disclose the proportion of the Endowment Fund that is donor endowed, the Endowment Fund has been included in the program cost coverage ratio.

At the time of this analysis, the charity's F2021 T3010 filing with the CRA is not available. Some values may need to be adjusted once it is posted.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to North York General Hospital Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 12, 2021 by Rachel Leteta.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.7%13.7%12.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.2%18.6%17.3%
Total overhead spending 25.9%32.3%29.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 1,034.7%616.9%702.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 13,65511,66811,051
International donations 0783
Goods in kind 91233
Government funding 1200
Special events 5977921,818
Investment income 14,484(569)4,785
Total revenues 28,75711,98217,690
Grants 9,66813,79412,831
Administrative costs 1,8111,7241,612
Fundraising costs 1,8792,3132,222
Total spending 13,35917,83216,665
Cash flow from operations 15,398(5,850)1,025
Capital spending 0117
Funding reserves 100,03985,09890,158

Note: Ci reports donated goods in kind separate from Canadian donations, affecting donations by ($9k) in F2021, ($12k) in F2020, and ($33k) in F2019. International donations of $78k in F2020, and $3k in F2019 reported in the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA were also removed from Canadian donations and reported separately. Ci reports investment income less investment management fees. Ci removed amortization from administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis. Difference in annual accounts payable to North York General Hospital were adjusted for, affecting grants by ($3k) in F2021, $46k in F2020, and ($30k) in F2019.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 20

Avg. compensation: $123,484

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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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

For over 50 years, North York General Hospital (NYGH) has served its surrounding community of patients  and families.  North York General Foundation was established in 1968 and supports the hospital’s most urgent needs, including capital and infrastructure improvements and equipment replacements and upgrades not covered by the government.

Each year, North York General sees over 420,000 patients each year, with over 31,000 surgical procedures performed annually (the largest centre for orthopaedic joint assessment and surgery volumes in the Central LHIN), over 9000 cancer patients treated annually, and home to the Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency - one of the busiest ER’s in Canada treating over 100,000 patients each year.

In 2017/18, NYGH Foundation fundraising priorities included: a redevelopment of the Cardiac Care Clinic, a redevelopment of the Baruch/Weisz Cancer Centre, a redevelopment of the Steinberg Family Paediatric Centre, the purchase of a new MRI (one of two in the hospital), redeveloping our Breast Centre, and specialized equipment upgrades and replacements in programs across the hospital.

In FY 2017/18 North York General Foundation completed the campaign to fund the redevelopment of Phillips House (and Maddie’s Healing Garden) - a specialized care environment supporting youth and adolescent mental health treatment at NYGH (slated for completion in December 2018, with occupancy planned for early 2019).  Fundraising was also completed for the campaign to redevelop the NYGH Cancer Care Unit into the vibrant new Baruch/Weisz Cancer Centre – bringing all cancer related services into one efficient space, as well as the addition of two new Interventional Radiology Suites.  

In FY 2017/18 North York General Foundation raised over $16M in fundraising revenue, the highest in their history. Their overall cost ratio of 17.5% is the lowest ever in their record.  As a result, the Foundation was able to grant just over $7.9M to the hospital to support urgent needs and priorities (including the purchase of equipment like: 4 ultrasounds machines, a breast biopsy table, 40 new hospital beds, 5 ventilators, 3 operating room tables, and a variety of new endoscopy and urology scopes).  By the end of FY 2017/18, the Foundation had raised over 90% of the $150M capital campaign for North York General Hospital.

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