Muscular Dystrophy Canada

40 Eglinton Ave East, Unit 500
Toronto, ON M4P3A2
CEO: Barbara Stead-Coyle
Board Chair: Buzz Green

Charitable Reg. #:10775 5837 RR0001


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Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 46 cents are available for programs.

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About Muscular Dystrophy Canada:

Founded in 1954, Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) provides support services to people living with muscular dystrophy and related muscle disorders. These conditions, called neuromuscular disorders, are a group of diseases that cause progressive muscle weakness and dysfunction. There is currently no cure for the 50,000 Canadians with these disorders. With a mission to find a cure in our lifetime, MDC funds research to better understand the causes of the disease and develop curative treatments.  

MDC’s largest program helps people pay for essential support equipment, accounting for 39% of total program costs in F2018. Through the financial assistance program, the charity invested $1.2m to help purchase 813 pieces of equipment valued at $4.9m. This equipment includes mobility aids, orthopaedic devices, accessibility aids, and breathing aids.  

MDC’s research programs accounted for 22% of program costs in F2018. The charity funded seven grants to support neuromuscular research with a focus on clinical trials, new treatments, and affordable medication.  

In F2018, Muscular Dystrophy Canada provided support and information to people with neuromuscular disorders, family members, caregivers, and healthcare professionals through 11,445 calls and emails. This year, 231 people participated in the charity’s Family and Caregiver Retreats. Participants were able to build connections and attend educational and peer support sessions. MDC also works to raise awareness about neuromuscular disorders among the public through educational campaigns and events like the Walk for MD, which saw 3,409 participants this year.  

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Results and Impact

Muscular Dystrophy Canada partially funded an international research team co-led by SickKids Hospital and Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. The team determined how myotonic dystrophy (a form of muscular dystrophy) is carried through families by a phenomenon called the parent-of-origin effect. Their work provides an understanding of how congenital myotonic dystrophy is carried by the mother and passed down to the child. The research was published in the American Journal of Human Genetics in 2017. The team aims to extend their findings to develop a DNA diagnostic marker for prenatal testing for the disease.  

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Muscular Dystrophy Canada is a large charity, receiving $8.6m in donations in F2018. Administrative costs are 21% of revenues, excluding investment income. Fundraising costs are 33% of donations. For every dollar donated, 46 cents go to MDC’s programs. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

This report is an update that was sent to Muscular Dystrophy Canada for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on May 31, 2019 by Caroline McKenna. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 21.4%25.1%23.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 32.6%44.4%45.5%
Total overhead spending 54.0%69.5%69.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 75.1%83.2%343.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,5778,6389,200
Government funding 0061
Special events 0035
Investment income 295(9)125
Other income 7571,6080
Total revenues 9,62910,2379,421
Program costs 3,8623,6513,144
Administrative costs 2,0002,5752,202
Fundraising costs 2,7953,8364,197
Total spending 8,65710,0629,543
Cash flow from operations 972175(123)
Capital spending 2343149
Funding reserves 2,8993,03710,788

Note: Ci reported unrealized gains and losses in investment income, affecting revenues by $58k in F2018, ($240k) in F2017, and ($109k) in F2016. Ci reported volunteer support and governance expenses in administrative costs. Ci did not report amortization of capital assets in administrative costs. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 50

Avg. Compensation: $68,820

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 F2018

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