Canadian Council of the Blind

20 James Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON K2P 0T6
President: Louise Gillis
Vice President: Lori Fry

Charitable Reg. #: 11921 8899 RR0001
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: B-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements available only upon request [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #8

Avg. Compensation $46,166

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 3
< $40k 4
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Canadian Council of the Blind:

Founded in 1944, Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) runs support programs and advocates on behalf of the over 5.5 million Canadians affected by eye disease. CCB reports that an estimated 50,000 Canadians will lose their sight every year. To help Canadians with vision loss, CCB’s national office in Ottawa works with 80 chapters across Canada to run six core programs: community networking and individual mentoring, advocacy and accessibility, public awareness, recreational and social activities, health and prevention, and knowledge and education.

Canadian Council of the Blind’s advocacy program saw success when the Marrakesh Treaty reached 20 ratifications in June 2016. With this act, blind and other visually-impaired people will be able to access print resources with the same ease as regular-sighted people.

Canadian Council of the Blind runs a Mobile Eye Clinics program (MEC) for both schools and seniors, which examine people for vision problems. MEC ran 38 clinics that examined 1,162 children from June 2014 to July 2015, identifying 209 with vision problems and 133 who needed a follow-up appointment. CCB also reports that 172 children were given a glasses prescription. For seniors, MEC ran 35 clinics that examined 356 elderly people from June 2013 to July 2015, identifying 145 people who would benefit from glasses.

Canadian Council of the Blind also launched its Get Together with Technology (GTT) program in 2014 to help blind and partially-sighted people learn how to use assistive devices at home and at work. CCB reports that with help from Human Resources Development and Skills Canada, it completed a $1.1m computer-training program that educated 400 people.

Financial Review:

Canadian Council of the Blind posts one year of audited financial statements on its website, with F2014 being the current posted year. Ci did not have historical data for F2012 when this profile was updated.

Canadian Council of the Blind is a medium-sized charity with total donations of $2.5m in F2014. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues and fundraising costs are 17% of donations. $0.30 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity’s funding reserves of $548k can cover only 33% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

This report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Canadian Council of the Blind. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 23, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.9%16.6%21.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.4%11.3%28.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 32.9%38.1%36.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,466,7542,213,9611,654,013
Government funding 19,25035,75055,000
Fees for service 13,12013,09086,104
Business activities (net) 17,26020,6660
Investment income 4,3423,7962,832
Total revenues 2,520,7262,287,2631,842,758
Program costs 1,664,4601,382,9871,024,497
Administrative costs 324,151379,270393,093
Fundraising costs 429,755249,140473,029
Cash flow from operations 102,360275,866(47,861)
Funding reserves 548,136526,405371,236
Note: Ci reported expense figures from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings. Ci reported rental income, gross of expenses, in business activities. To report on a cash basis, Ci did not report amortization of deferred capital contributions and reported deferred capital contributions received during the year, affecting revenues by ($14k) in F2014 and $59k in F2013. Ci did not report amortization of leasehold inducements, decreasing revenue by $1k in F2014 and $1k in F2013.

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