Young Adult Cancer Canada

18 Argyle Street, Suite 201
St. John's, NL A1A 1V3
Executive Director: Geoff Eaton
Board Chair: Valerie Pike

Charitable Reg. #:86508 6631 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 68 cents are available for programs.

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About Young Adult Cancer Canada:

Founded in 2000, Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) serves young adults affected by cancer as well as their friends and family. Its mission is to support young adults throughout their cancer journey, help them connect with others facing similar issues, and form a bridge out of isolation. YACC reports than 8,300 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in Canada each year. Its programs help young adults who have been recently diagnosed, are currently receiving treatment, or have survived cancer. The charity is based in St. John’s.

Young Adult Cancer Canada runs six core support programs, which made up 82% of program costs in F2019. Online support programs are delivered through its website, as well as through private Facebook groups where young adults can connect with each other. YACC manages these groups. In F2019, there were 957 members in 29 active groups. YACC reports 117,005 pageviews on its website, 48,223 sessions and 33,768 unique visitors in F2019. It has 231 profile pages on its website that are resources for young adults with cancer, including information on treatment options and next steps after beating the disease. These pages accounted for 20% of the charity’s total website traffic in F2019. YACC also runs an annual webcast called The Big Cancer Hook-up, which an estimated 2,838 people watched in F2019.

Young Adult Cancer Canada also runs LocaLife, which are social groups where young adult cancer survivors connect in person and take part in social outings. In F2019, there were LocaLife groups in eight cities across Canada – Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, St. John’s, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg. 616 youth participated in 66 events, which resulted in 107 new connections.

Young Adult Cancer Canada runs three major national programs that each run for four days of the year. Retreat Yourself is YACC’s original face-to-face program. It is a four-day retreat where participants get to experience a camp-like community environment. 45 people participated in F2019. Retreat Yourself Adventure is an annual fall event in Newfoundland where participants go ziplining and hiking while discussing survivorship issues. 12 people participated in F2019. YACC’s Survivor Conference is an annual reunion for young adult cancer survivors and supporters across Canada. The charity ran 17 workshops and 112 people attended in F2019.

Young Adult Cancer Canada also spends money on awareness & advocacy work to raise awareness of young adult cancer issues, including through social media platforms. The program made up 18% of program costs in F2019.

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Results and Impact

Released in F2019, the YAC Prime study is YACC’s first ever research study on the impacts and key issues faced by young adults with cancer in Canada. Based on survey data from 622 young adults with cancer, the study examines the physical, social, financial and emotional challenges these people face compared to peers without cancer. The study found that almost half of the surveyed patients missed between one and four plus years of work, contributing to a significant financial gap between cancer survivors and non-cancer patients when matched for age, gender, and education. The study also found that young cancer survivors report significantly worse quality of life compared to the Canadian population. 47% of surveyed people experienced significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. More information from the study can be found here.

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Young Adult Cancer Canada is a small charity that received $865k in donations and special events fundraising in F2019. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 19% of donations and special events. For every dollar donated to YACC, 68 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

YACC holds $489k in funding reserves, which can cover annual program costs at current levels for under 10 months.

This report is an update that has been sent to Young Adult Cancer Canada for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 3, 2020 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending July
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.5%14.3%11.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.6%29.8%29.8%
Total overhead spending 32.2%44.1%41.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 79.9%258.6%115.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 383,497283,298169,340
Goods in kind 20,27382,761168,951
Government funding 61,20081,50057,332
Special events 481,089580,292737,940
Investment income 3,3911,115713
Other income 3,1834,3887,401
Total revenues 952,6331,033,3541,141,677
Program costs 611,942468,480379,084
Donated goods exp 20,27382,761168,951
Administrative costs 128,559147,580135,124
Fundraising costs 161,068257,437269,890
Total spending 921,842956,258953,049
Cash flow from operations 30,79177,096188,628
Capital spending 824,4691,489
Funding reserves 488,9721,211,382437,519

Note: Ci used the charity’s T3010 CRA filings for government funding and backed the amounts out of donations. In-kind contributions for advertisements and travel have been broken out of donations and program costs, and instead presented in donated goods in kind and donated goods expenses respectively. As a non-cash item, Ci removed amortization allocations from program, administrative and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 9

Avg. compensation: $47,053

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 F2019

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