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: 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) 78 cents are available for programs.

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About Children's Health Foundation:

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). The three health centres work together to improve children’s health across London, Ontario.

In F2021, Children’s Health Foundation granted $7.3m towards pediatric health care, research, and rehabilitative service programs.

Pediatric health care at the Children’s Hospital represented 58% of grants. In F2021, CHF reports that the hospital received 161,690 patient visits, 41,551 virtual appointments, and 21,180 emergency visits. The Children’s Hospital also reported a total of 56,564 pediatric care patients and 5,486 births during the year. CHF helped to fund 89 equipment replacements or upgrades in F2021, including a new ultrasound and neonatal incubator.

Research at the Children’s Health Research Institute represented 26% of grants. Children's Health Foundation states that the CHRI is the third-largest children’s hospital research site in all of Canada. As of F2021, the research institute has 137 researchers and associate scientists working on projects. During the year, CHF funded seven new research projects.

Rehabilitative service programs at Thames Valley Children’s Centre made up the remaining 16% of grants. TVCC specializes in support for physical disabilities, communication disorders, developmental delays, and autism. It focuses on helping children develop social, communication, and life skills. In F2021, CHF reported that Thames Valley Children’s Centre provided 148,275 hours of care to 10,934 children and families.

In F2021, Children’s Health Foundation also reported spending $645k on its own education programs. It does not report on outputs associated with these programs.

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Results and Impact

In F2021, CHF reported that 986 fragile babies needed care from the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Children’s Hospital also received 575 critical care admissions during the year.

Since its founding in 1987, the Children’s Health Research Institute has produced more than 580 peer-reviewed publications.

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 $9.8m in F2021. It also received $597k in government wage subsidies during the year. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 18% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 22%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 78 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CHF has $23.2m in funding reserves, of which $263k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover annual program and grant costs for around 2.9 years. Its funding reserves contributed $3.9m in investment income in F2021, at an estimated rate of return of 20% (compared to an investment loss of $1.3m at a return of -6% in F2020). Over the last eight years, Ci estimates that CHF’s investment returns have averaged 6%.

Children’s Health Foundation has committed $7.0m in grants ($4.3m to the Children’s Hospital, $1.6m to CHRI, and $1.0m to TVCC) and $9k in lease payments in F2022.

CHF’s capital spending spiked in F2020 due to the purchase of a new building with a fair market value of $1.6m. It paid $1.0m and received a $600k discount, recorded as an in-kind donation in its audited financial statements.

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

Updated on July 29, 2021 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.2%4.7%4.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.7%21.7%18.8%
Total overhead spending 21.9%26.4%23.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 287.7%255.2%273.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,76610,3639,915
Goods in kind 06000
Government funding 59700
Business activities (net) 51300
Investment income 3,941(1,270)605
Total revenues 14,3549,72310,520
Program costs 645689746
Grants 7,3437,0907,430
Administrative costs 438518429
Fundraising costs 1,7272,2441,864
Total spending 10,15410,54010,468
Cash flow from operations 4,201(818)52
Capital spending 371,0983
Funding reserves 23,20820,07822,622

Note: In F2021, Children’s Health Foundation began reporting 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 ($78k) in F2021.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 21

Avg. compensation: $67,909

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 F2020

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001