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Canadian Council of the Blind

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

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

Results Reporting

Grade: C-

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 through official request for information from Canada Revenue Agency [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #10

Avg. Compensation $52,827

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 5
< $40k 4
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Canadian Council of the Blind:

Founded in 1944, Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) works to improve the lives of people who are blind, deaf-blind, or have poor vision. The charity reports that 50,000 Canadians lose their vision each year and 75% of vision loss is avoidable. CCB’s national office in Ottawa works with 80 local chapters in advocacy, providing bursaries, organizing audio book clubs, peer support, finding employment for members, connecting blind people with new technologies, and encouraging sport participation.

CCB reports that people with disabilities can be economically worse off when they get a job because they lose significant financial support. What they earn in income can be less than the disability payments, housing subsidies, and medication provisions that they were previously receiving. CCB is advocating for passage of The Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities Act which would ensure that people with disabilities never lose more than they gain from working.

Canadian Council of the Blind runs a Mobile Eye Clinics program (MEC) which performs eye exams at schools and seniors’ homes. CCB reports that untreated vision problems can negatively impact kids’ learning and puts seniors at a greater risk of falling. From May 2014 to June 2015, MEC examined 1,162 students and 356 seniors.

Results and Impact: Of the students examined through MEC, one or more vision problems were identified in 18% (209) and 11% (133) were referred to further testing. Prescriptions for glasses were given to 172 students.

Financial Review:

Charity Intelligence has scored Canadian Council of the Blind as a zero in financial transparency because the charity has failed to provide full financial statements when requested. The financial analysis completed by Charity Intelligence uses the most recent, full financial statements available to Ci at the time of writing this report.

Canadian Council of the Blind is a medium-sized charity with donations of $2.2m in F2015. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues and fundraising costs are 50% of donations. For every $1 donated, 36 cents go to the cause, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. CCB has $613k in funding reserves which could cover nearly eight months of program costs.

CCB uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In its F2015 T3010 CRA filing, the charity reported external fundraising costs of $1.1m. External fundraisers raised $1.9m on behalf of the charity, producing an external fundraising cost ratio of 60%.

This report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Council of the Blind for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Financial analysis updated on August 11, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi. Donor accountability updated on August 27, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending ---
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.9%12.9%14.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 50.3%51.8%48.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 65.6%67.1%86.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,247,4662,466,7542,213,961
Government funding 41,25019,25035,750
Fees for service 13,93013,12013,090
Business activities (net) 11,25617,26020,666
Investment income 4,3624,3423,796
Total revenues 2,318,2642,520,7262,287,263
Program costs 934,544816,445607,795
Administrative costs 321,594324,151336,540
Fundraising costs 1,129,8711,277,7701,067,062
Cash flow from operations (67,745)102,360275,866
Funding reserves 612,865548,136526,405
Note: Ci reported rental income gross of direct expenses in business activities. Ci adjusted for deferred capital contributions received during the year, affecting revenues by ($14k) in F2015, ($14k) in F2014 and $59k in F2013. Ci did not recognize amortization of leasehold inducements, reducing revenues by $1k in F2015, $1k in F2014 and $1k in F2013. For expense figures, Ci used the charity’s external fundraising costs as reported in its T3010 CRA filings and backed the amounts out of programs and projects expenses, which are reported as program costs.

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