75 Albert St., Suite 301
Ottawa, ON K1P 5E7
President & CEO: Marco Pagani
Board Chair: Tim Redpath

Charitable Reg. #:11922 7891 RR0001


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

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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) 89 cents are available for programs.

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About Ottawa Community Foundation:

Founded in 1987, Ottawa Community Foundation nurtures philanthropy and works with partners to have an enduring impact on communities. The foundation pools the charitable gifts of many donors into a permanent, income-earning endowment that benefits the community at large and fulfills the philanthropic objectives of individual donors. Grants are made to charities from the earnings of these funds to seed, nurture and support initiatives that strengthen the Ottawa community.

Ottawa Community Foundation manages $124m in total assets and has granted out more than $100m since it was established in 1987. In F2016, the foundation granted $7.9m to 611 charities in the following sectors: social services (27% of total grants), health (16%), international aid (13%), children and youth (11%), education (10%), religion (7%), arts and culture (7%), environment (5%), scholarship (2%), community economic development (1%), and animal welfare (1%). The foundation established 45 new funds in F2016.

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Charity Intelligence can update this report on Ottawa Community Foundation, if there is sufficient donor interest.

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Ottaw Community Foundation is a big-cap charity with $14.9m in donations in F2016. Investment income contributed an additional $6.5m to the foundation’s revenues. Administrative costs were 12% of revenues. The foundation did not report any fundraising costs in F2016. As such, for every $1 donated, 88 cents went to the cause. This falls within Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The foundation has funding reserves of $130.4m, of which $101.7m are donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, Ottawa Community Foundation can cover annual grants 10.3 times.

The foundation paid external investment management fees of 7% of investment income in F2016. It charges service fees of 1.5% on the first $5m of an endowment fund, 0.75% on the next $5m, and 0.25% on any excess over $10. It charges service fees of 2% on scholarship funds and flow-through gifts. In F2016, the foundation collected average service fees of 0.85% of grants. The overall return of the investment portfolio was 6.5% in F2016. The foundation has a 10-year average return of 5.4%.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Ottawa Community Foundation. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 6, 2017 by Juliana Badovinac.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.5%10.8%15.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 1,030.7%485.9%398.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 14,89514,3269,195
Fees for service 676874
Investment income 6,4804,8846,967
Other income 834
Total revenues 21,45019,28116,240
Grants 7,8759,5568,334
Administrative costs 1,7191,5531,396
Other costs 459668442
Cash flow from operations 11,3977,5046,068
Funding reserves 130,437119,459111,934

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 14

Avg. Compensation: $82,534

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 F2015

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The Community Foundation of Ottawa commends Charity Intelligence for developing a standard profile of charities to help donors make informed decisions but some metrics can be misleading when analyzing a specific charity and in particular, public foundations.

Administrative costs should not be a factor of yearly revenues as endowed gifts vary significantly from year to year. More appropriately, administrative costs should be shown as a percent of assets managed, which is what foundations do, and would be 1.4%.

Fundraising costs are not a line item in our operating expenses but actually are a component of salaries of some staff and would represent 3.7% of donations.

Program cost coverage is again not an appropriate measure for foundations as funding reserves are permanently endowed gifts that are invested and grants are made from the investment income. In fact, the Community Foundation of Ottawa grants almost 100% of available revenues.

As noted in the previous comments, funding reserves are actually permanently endowed gifts and funding reserves is really a misnomer.

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