North York General Hospital Foundation

4001 Leslie Street
Toronto, ON M2K 1E1
President & CEO: Terry Pursell
Board Chair: Mitch Frazer

Charitable Reg. #:88875 1245 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 78 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). In F2017, NYGH Foundation granted $4.4 million to the hospital for use in cancer care, cardiac care, maternal and newborn treatment, medical imaging, paediatrics, surgery, and research.

The hospital sees over 420,000 patients every year. The number of patient visits to the cancer care clinic has increased by 60% over the past five years, with 22,500 visits in F2017. Since heart failure is the leading cause of hospital admission for seniors, NYGH Foundation hopes to purchase new equipment for the cardiac centre, including defibrillators and a heart stress test system. NYGH Foundation has worked with The Maddie Project to raise $1 million and create a 1.2-acre greenspace for use in mental health treatment.  

In F2017, NYGH Foundation hired external fundraisers to organize a walkathon. The fundraisers were paid $40k and collected $231k in revenue, for a cost of 17 cents per dollar raised.

Results and Impact: North York General Hospital Foundation contributed $5.3m to a renovation of the Charlotte and Lewis Steinberg Emergency centre which was completed in F2016. The emergency centre has over 100,000 visits annually and is now ranked in the 90% percentile for patient satisfaction.

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North York General Hospital Foundation is a Large charity, with donations and special events revenue of $16.2m in F2018. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 13% of donations. For every $1 raised, 78 cents go to the cause, falling well within Ci’s reasonable range. NYGH Foundation has $89.6m in funding reserves, of which $61.0m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, reserves can cover program costs for just under 6 years. 

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 16, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.1%11.0%14.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.1%19.8%21.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 586.7%1,639.5%288.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 15,48311,1259,404
Special events 7111,805947
Investment income 4,3284,7411,517
Total revenues 20,52117,67111,867
Grants 7,9264,38310,212
Administrative costs 1,4731,4251,510
Fundraising costs 2,1282,5602,226
Cash flow from operations 8,9949,303(2,081)
Funding reserves 89,60281,47871,693

Note: Ci excluded gain on sale of revenue-producing properties, reducing revenues by ($1.2m) in F2016. Ci reports net revenues from parking operations. Ci reports investment income as reported investment income less investment management fees.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 18

Avg. Compensation: $124,223

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 F2017

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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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