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Lung Association of Saskatchewan
Improving lung health one breath at a time
Saskatoon, SK

Ontario Lung Association

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

Charitable Reg. #: 12404 6368 RR0002
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: C+

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #63

Avg. Compensation $62,327

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 1
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 3
$80k - $120k 6
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Ontario Lung Association:

Founded in 1945, Ontario Lung Association (OLA) is a provincial branch of the Canadian Lung Association. The charity also goes by The Lung Association – Ontario. Its mission is to be the recognized leader, voice and primary resource in lung health to enable all people to breathe with ease.

OLA has four major programs – support, education, advocacy and research. These programs focus on four issues in lung health: asthma care and prevention, air quality, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and smoking prevention. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes airways to swell, fill with mucus, and spasm, which impairs breathing. People with COPD live with both chronic bronchitis and emphysema – people with bronchitis have swollen and mucus-filled airways, while people with emphysema have damaged air sacs where gas exchange should take place. Smoking is the primary cause of both diseases. Smoking is also the main cause of lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. OLA estimates that by 2041, more than 3.6 million people in Ontario will live with asthma, COPD or lung cancer, and the estimated economic costs of these diseases will reach $441 billion.

Ontario Lung Association’s provincial and community programs made up 79% of total program and grant costs in F2016. Major activities reported in OLA’s most recent 2015 annual report include completing a two-year pilot phase of Fitness for Breath, a breathing exercise maintenance program for people with COPD. As of March 2015, the program runs in Bradford, Barrie, Elliot Lake, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Falls. OLA’s Provider Education Program develops, implements and evaluates medication education programs for healthcare professionals. OLA’s 2015 annual report states that through this program, OLA released a new app called Pediatric Respiratory Assessment Measure (PRAM) that provides clinical scores for measuring acute asthma severity in patients.

Ontario Lung Association’s research grants and awards of $1.2m made up 12% of total program and grant costs in F2016. OLA appears to run its research funding activities through both the Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS) and Ontario Respiratory Care Society. OTS’s most recent 2016-17 funding activities include grants for 16 research projects focusing on asthma, lung disease, lung infection, mechanical ventilation or other issues.

Financial Review:

Ontario Lung Association is a big-cap charity with total donations and special events fundraising of just under $7.0m in F2016. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues and fundraising costs are 21% of donations and special events. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.77 goes towards its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. OLA’s funding reserves of $5.4m include a $279k endowment. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover 54% of annual program and granting activities, indicating a funding need.

Ci included national program expenses of $295k in F2016, $305k in F2015 and $297k in F2014 in program costs, but suspects these amounts represent funds sent to the national Lung Association.

Updated on July 6, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.9%2.8%2.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.5%19.6%20.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 57.0%63.6%70.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,0334,7014,714
Government funding 3,2883,4423,331
Fees for service 454790591
Special events 1,9641,7501,888
Investment income (334)367519
Other income 189265212
Total revenues 10,59411,31611,254
Program costs 8,2798,3747,877
Grants 1,1661,2971,307
Administrative costs 312302282
Fundraising costs 1,4341,2641,340
Cash flow from operations (597)79449
Funding reserves 5,3816,1556,493
Note: Ci reported unrealized investment gains and losses in investment income, affecting revenues by ($553k) in F2016, ($26k) in F2015 and $316k in F2014. Ci reported Research programs grants and awards in grants and reported the remainder of research program costs in program costs. Ci backed out amortization from program, administrative and fundraising costs based on allocations disclosed in audited financial statements.