Children's Health Foundation

345 Westminster Ave
London, ON N6C 4V3
President & CEO: Scott Fortnum
Board Chair: Bob Morrill

Charitable Reg. #:11885 2482 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 70 cents are available for programs.

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About Children's Health Foundation:

Children’s Health Foundation is a 3-star rated charity. The charity has an average results reporting score, reasonable overhead costs, and is financially transparent.  

Founded in 1922, Children's Health Foundation (CHF) raises funds for the Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, the Children's Health Research Institute (CHRI), and the Thames Valley Children's Centre (TVCC). These centres work to improve children’s health and support families in London, Ontario.  

In F2023, Children’s Health Foundation granted $8.4m towards the Children’s Hospital, CHRI, and TVCC.  

Children’s Health Foundation gave 65% of grants to the Children’s Hospital in F2023. This includes grants for patient care equipment at the hospital. In F2023, the hospital received 179,861 total patient visits. It performed 3,765 paediatric surgeries and supported 1,013 infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). CHF helped fund 58 medical equipment purchases, including a robotic arm for surgery and a child-size stretcher. 

The Research Institute received 21% of grants in F2023. Children's Health Foundation states that the CHRI is the third-largest children’s hospital research site in Canada. As of F2023, the research institute has 185 researchers actively working on projects. During the year, CHF funded six new research projects. 

Children’s Health Foundation gave 14% of grants to Thames Valley Children’s Centre in F2023. TVCC provides rehabilitative services to support patients with physical disabilities, communication disorders, developmental delays, and autism. In F2023, TVCC worked with 11,846 clients, 41% of which were accessing at least two services at the Centre. 

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Results and Impact

Since its founding in 1987, the Children’s Health Research Institute has produced 738 peer-reviewed publications. Its research funding led to the synthetic production of surfactant in 1995 which now helps premature infants breathe. In 1997, its hospital funding helped set the record for youngest person to receive a multi-organ transplant, at five months and 24 days old. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Children’s Health Foundation’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r). 

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Children’s Health Foundation received donations of $13.7m in F2023. It received no government funding during the year. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 27% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 30%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 70 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

CHF has $33.3m in reserve funds, of which $1.9m is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover annual program and grant costs for around three years and 11 months.  

Children’s Health Foundation has committed $8.4m in grants ($5.5m to the Children’s Hospital, $1.8m to CHRI, and $1.2m to TVCC) in F2023. 

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Children’s Health Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on June 23, 2023 by Clive Stevens.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.5%3.0%4.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.7%16.7%24.3%
Total overhead spending 30.2%19.7%28.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 376.4%421.4%313.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 13,69216,8179,766
Government funding 0245597
Business activities (net) 535251
Investment income 3249123,941
Total revenues 14,06918,02614,354
Grants 8,4456,9637,343
Administrative costs 484504438
Fundraising costs 3,6492,8112,372
Total spending 12,57910,27810,154
Cash flow from operations 1,4907,7484,201
Capital spending 968637
Funding reserves 33,32030,83323,208

Note: Children’s Health Foundation reports investment management fees as expenses rather than within investment income. Ci reported investment income net of investment management fees in all three years, affecting revenues and expenses by ($81k) in F2023, ($84k) in F2022, and ($78k) in F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 20

Avg. compensation: $71,491

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 F2021

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001