450, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Avenue, Suite 10
Québec, QC G2E 6H5
CEO: Julie Lemieux
Board Chair: Pierre Bolduc

Charitable Reg. #:12718 6690 RR0001


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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) 72 cents are available for programs.

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About Opération Enfant Soleil:

Founded in 1988, Opération Enfant Soleil raises funds to improve pediatrics for sick children in Québec. Most funds are distributed to the four major pediatric centres in Québec: the CHU de Québec-Laval University’s Centre mère-enfant Soleil, the CHU Sainte-Justine in Montréal, the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre, and the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHU de Sherbrooke. The charity also provides grants to local organizations and regional hospitals. The grant money is used to acquire technologies, upgrade facilities, and purchase specialized equipment for treatment. Since its inception, the charity has distributed over $240m throughout Québec.

In F2019, Opération Enfant Soleil granted a sum of $13.9m to 18 different regions in Québec. Items funded by the grants include the construction of an additional autism evaluation room in Montreal, the purchase of 10 pulse readers in Laval, and a new mobile respirator in Outaouais.

Opération Enfant Soleil’s most important fundraising activity is its telethon. With over 2,000 volunteers, the charity runs a 15-hour live television broadcast, featuring entertainers, artists, and children ambassadors. The event aims to show how people can come together to support sick children and their families. In F2019, the charity reported that the telethon raised $20.2 million, although this was not reflected in the charity's financial statements.

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Results and Impact

Ci was unable to find any quantified outcome data for Opération Enfant Soleil.

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Opération Enfant Soleil is a Large charity, receiving $18.3m in donations and special event revenue in F2019. The charity also received $3.6m in government funding.

Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 22% of donations. For every dollar donated, 72 cents go the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $11.6m can cover nine months of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Opération Enfant Soleil for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 2, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar. Results Reporting updated on September 16, 2020 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.2%6.6%5.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 22.2%22.9%20.5%
Total overhead spending 28.4%29.4%26.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 75.4%67.2%70.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 12,76012,36913,243
Government funding 3,5613,0283,414
Special events 5,4944,2834,455
Investment income 1,042600463
Total revenues 22,85820,28021,576
Program costs 1,3981,3441,456
Grants 13,93614,28114,326
Administrative costs 1,3571,2961,231
Fundraising costs 4,0533,8043,620
Total spending 20,74420,72420,633
Cash flow from operations 2,114(445)943
Capital spending 3551160
Funding reserves 11,55910,50611,075

Note: Charity Intelligence has analyzed the charity’s French audited financial statements to the best of our abilities but recognizes that detailed financial information is beyond our linguistic expertise. Material omissions may be reflected in Charity Intelligence’s analysis. Ci has adjusted for changes in grants payable, changing total grants by ($1.3m) in F2019, $914k in F2018, and ($731k) in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 34

Avg. Compensation: $75,207

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 F2019

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Charity Contact

Website: www.operationenfantsoleil.ca
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