Lung Health Foundation

18 Wynford Drive, Suite 401
Toronto, ON M3C 0K8
President & CEO: George Habib
Board Chair: Bruce Cooke

Charitable Reg. #:12404 6368 RR0002


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 76 cents are available for programs.

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About Lung Health Foundation:

Founded in 1945, Lung Health Foundation works to promote lung health and advancements in respiratory care. Lung Health Foundation was formerly called Ontario Lung Association. In January 2020 it separated from being a provincial branch of the Lung Association and became Lung Health Foundation. The charity’s main programs are advocacy, support, education, and research granting. In Ontario, it is estimated that 2.8m people are currently living with some form of lung disease.

This report will be updated shortly to reflect Lung Health Foundation's most recent financials and corporate structure and partnerships. 

Here is the previous information on Ontario Lung Association now called Lung Health Foundation: Through the advocacy program, OLA runs campaigns to raise awareness about lung disease. Its Breathing Policy Forums’ goal is to improve treatment options for lung disease by creating new policies to reimburse people for the cost of medication. F2018 was the final year of the organization’s Youth as Social Change Makers program. Since its creation in 2005, this program has reached over 40,000 people across Ontario. In F2018, this program reached 3,262 people by hosting 96 events. In F2018, the organization also ran campaigns to educate the public on cannabis and a campaign to establish new legislation regarding lung disease.

Within the support program, the charity ran three campaigns: Fitness for Breath, Play for All, and Lung Health Information.  The Fitness for Breath program helps people with lung disease continue exercising after their rehabilitation has finished. In F2018, OLA ran 20 programs with a total of 200 participants. The Play for All campaign is a program designed to inform children in grades 1 - 6 about lung health and awareness. In F2018, the organization reached 750 people through presentations at 31 different locations. Lastly, the Lung Health Information Line connects people seeking more knowledge about lung healthcare with professionals who can answer their questions. In F2018, this program responded to 3,257 phone calls and 340 emails.

OLA’s education program ran a Be Tobacco Free campaign with the purpose of explaining the effects of smoking to grade four classes across Ontario. In total, they ran 62 workshops to 1,362 students and 62 teachers across Ontario in F2018. OLA also has an Emergency Department Asthma Care Pathway campaign which seeks to implement a standardized approach to asthma care in emergency departments across Ontario.

In F2018, OLA granted $1.1m (16% of F2018 program costs) to fund lung research. The research funded specifically targets COPD, asthma, lung function, helping premature babies breathe, and pneumonia, especially for people over 50 years of age.

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Ontario Lung Association is a large charity which received donations and special events fundraising revenue of $5.5m in F2018. Administrative costs were 3% of revenues and fundraising costs were 21% of donations. For every dollar donated, 76 cents go to its programs. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead expenditures. OLA has funding reserves of $5.2m, of which $280k are donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover its granting activities for almost seven months.

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

Updated on June 3, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.0%2.8%2.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.6%20.5%20.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 59.5%61.0%54.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,8364,9145,033
Government funding 3,2573,1803,288
Fees for service 333600454
Special events 1,6771,6561,964
Investment income (79)892(334)
Other income 205242189
Total revenues 9,22911,48510,594
Program costs 6,8517,5197,984
Grants 1,4251,6271,461
Administrative costs 275294312
Fundraising costs 1,1381,3461,434
Cash flow from operations (460)698(597)
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 5,1935,8465,381

Note: Ci recognized unrealized gains and losses. This caused revenues to decrease by $36k in F2018, increase by $567k in F2017 and decrease by $553k in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 53

Avg. Compensation: $66,927

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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