Lung Association of Saskatchewan

1231 8th Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7H 0S5
President & CEO: Erin Kuan
Board Chair: Colleen McMahon

Charitable Reg. #:87230 4811 RR0001


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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) 21 cents are available for programs.

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About Lung Association of Saskatchewan:

Founded in 1911, Lung Association of Saskatchewan (LAS) began as the Saskatchewan Anti-Tuberculosis League. It rebranded as the Saskatchewan Lung Association in 1987 when it expanded its work to target all lung diseases and related issues, including asthma, tobacco use, lung cancer, air quality, and sleep apnea. LAS’s mission is to improve the respiratory health and quality of life for people with lung diseases. LAS’s main office is in Saskatoon.

LAS’s three main programs are Health Promotion among the general public, Health Education for professionals, and Research grants.

Health Promotion represented 57% of program costs in F2019. LAS promotes public awareness and advocacy for lung health across Saskatchewan. The charity runs education campaigns, provides home testing kits for radon, and posts online resources for people with lung conditions. In 2018, Lung Association of Saskatchewan tested around 1,000 homes for radon. It reports that its advocacy efforts reached 55,000 people through public campaigns and 7,000 children through school programs during the year.

Health Education was 39% of program costs in F2019. LAS caters its education services to medical professionals, offering specialized training in respiratory care. Through its RESPTREC (Respiratory Training and Educator Course) program, LAS educates healthcare professionals to better treat patients with lung conditions. RESPTREC offers three different modules for asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The charity is now launching online courses to meet the needs of the wider medical community. Lung Association of Saskatchewan reports that it educated 477 healthcare professionals on respiratory health in 2018. Since founding, it states that it has trained more than 5,000 professionals in Canada.

Research grants made up the remaining 4% of program costs. LAS funds research through graduate programs, fellowships, and research grants. In 2018, LAS provided grants to six principal investigators at the University of Saskatchewan. Research projects investigated a variety of respiratory health issues, ranging from e-cigarettes to COPD.

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Results and Impact

Lung Association of Saskatchewan reports that 18,268 social housing homes decided to go smoke-free due to the charity’s advocacy efforts in 2018. In 2016, LAS convinced the Saskatoon City Council to designate parks, playgrounds and sports fields as smoke-free zones.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Lung Association of Saskatchewan’s results and impact.

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Lung Association of Saskatchewan is a small charity with total donations and special events revenue of $689k in F2019. This is down 35% from $1.1m in F2018, partially since LAS did not report any grant funding from the Lung Foundation of Saskatchewan in F2019 (compared to $425k in F2018). LAS typically receives government funding, which is reported in its annual filing with the CRA and not in its audited financial statements. The charity’s CRA filing has not been released for F2019, so Ci was unable to report government funding in F2019.

Administrative costs are 21% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 58% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 79%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 21 cents go to the cause. This falls outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Lung Association of Saskatchewan has been outside this range for the past three years.

LAS’s fundraising ratio rose by 18% in F2019, mainly due to a large reduction in donations and special events revenue rather than increases in fundraising costs, which declined by 7% in F2019.

LAS’s total funding reserves of $2.2m can cover 1.5 years of annual program costs. In F2019, LAS’s capital spending is shown as negative since it received $1.9m in proceeds on the disposal of capital assets. This exceeded its capital expenditures of $6k. The charity’s audited financial statements do not clarify the origin of these proceeds, but state that they were used to purchase investments and grow its funding reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Lung Association of Saskatchewan. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on July 13, 2020 by Eric Zhao. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 21.1%11.5%12.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 57.5%40.1%27.9%
Total overhead spending 78.6%51.6%40.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 150.1%15.0%25.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 493,714994,0631,330,041
Government funding 0113,851110,075
Fees for service 484,790566,440627,474
Lotteries (net) 223,105245,966151,610
Special events 195,55172,19569,366
Investment income 26,84400
Other income 115,65288,25691,357
Total revenues 1,539,6562,080,7712,379,923
Program costs 1,391,7431,452,5331,491,945
Grants 48,17377,525161,561
Administrative costs 318,961239,391298,142
Fundraising costs 396,412427,885390,508
Total spending 2,155,2892,197,3332,342,156
Cash flow from operations (615,633)(116,562)37,767
Capital spending (1,853,800)25,6812,311
Funding reserves 2,160,595229,489414,840

Note: Ci adjusted for changes in deferred revenue, affecting total revenues by ($40k) in F2019, ($151k) in F2018, and $8k in F2017. Ci included investment income, affecting total revenues by $27k in F2019. Ci reported lottery revenues net of expenses, affecting total revenues and fundraising expenses by ($282k) in F2019, ($294k) in F2018, and ($333k) in F2017. Special events fundraising consists of revenue from Health Promotion programs. Ci reported government funding from the charity’s available CRA filings and backed out the amounts from donations. Ci backed out amortization on a pro-rata basis from program, administrative and fundraising costs.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 15

Avg. Compensation: $93,685

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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