Dying With Dignity
Toronto, ON M4P 1G8
Executive Director: Wanda Morris
Board President: Meg Westley
Charitable Reg. #: Annulled
Grade: NRCharity not yet rated on the public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Full-time staff #2
Avg. Compensation $47,839
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About Dying With Dignity:
DONOR ADVISORY: On March 9, 2015, the CRA annulled the charitable status of Dying with Dignity (DWD). This unusual action is apparently due to the CRA changing its mind on DWD’s charitable purpose not meeting the definition of charitable education. Canada’s charity laws strictly define education as running schools, providing scholarships, and doing research. According to newspaper articles, DWD is not challenging this decision. It will continue its work as a not-for-profit organization.
In 2013, DWD reports spending $34,843 on political activities than include advocating for Quebec's Bill 52, a rally in BC to support legalizing assisted dying and encouraging its members to write politicians to support choices other than prolonging life through artificial means. The CRA's audit found that DWD spent approximately 59% in F2011 and 50% in 2012 on non-charitable activities furthering its "collateral political purpose".
Founded in 1982, Dying with Dignity seeks to improve individuals' quality of dying, and to expand Canadians' end-of-life choices. Its mandate has four components: first, it educates people about end-of-life options, second, it educates about patient rights and advocates for patients whose rights are being abused, third, it supports individuals at the end of their lives, and fourth, it provides information about the choice in dying movement, and advocates for the legalisation of medically-assisted dying in Canada. DWD currently has three Canadian chapters, in Calgary, AB, Salt Spring Island, BC, and Grand River, ON.
DWD is a membership-based organization and relies heavily on volunteer support to fulfil its mandate. In F2012, DWD reported contributions of 7,500 volunteer hours. DWD's program funding is focused on support, advocacy and providing information about end-of-life choices. It educates the general public with events like online forums, workshops and public speeches and resources like its newsletter and website. It provides one-on-one support to individual members at end of life.
In F2013, DWD’s administrative costs were 8.3% of revenues, while fundraising costs were 13.2% of donations. DWD has funding reserves of $315k, which cover annual program costs 1 time.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending December
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||8.3%||9.9%||18.1%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||13.2%||13.4%||10.0%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||103.0%||122.6%||108.7%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $s
|Fees for service||93,251||88,978||61,199|
|Cash flow from operations||26,066||88,174||47,346|