Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador

150 Clinch Crescent
St. John's, NL A1B 1X0
Executive Director: Annette Godsell
Board Chair: Gerry Beresford

Charitable Reg. #:85050 2865 RR0001


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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) 70 cents are available for programs.

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About Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador:

Founded in 2012, Ronald McDonald House of Newfoundland and Labrador (RMHNL) provides accommodation for sick children, and their families, who must travel to St. Johns, to receive specialized pediatric care and treatment at the nearby Janeway Children's Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Its hope is to positively impact the health and lives of sick children, their families and their communities. Although RMHNL provided services to 681 children supported by 1,005 caregivers in 2018, RMHNL was unable to accommodate 282 families. Last year, 406 families were placed on a waitlist for a place at Ronald McDonald House of Newfoundland and Labrador. RMHNL provides 8 programs for families staying at the house: Home for Dinner, Just Like Nan’s Baked Goods, Comfort Quilt, Keeping Families Connected, Magic Room, Special Day Celebrations, House Pantry, and Recreation Program.  

In 2018, there were 538 family visits to Ronald McDonald House, representing an increase of 8.3% from 2017. RMHNL provided 4,759 nights of care to families with the average length of a stay being 10 nights, as reported by RMHNL. In F2018, RMHNL reports that it serviced 766 visits to its Magic Room, 285 Just Like Nan's Baked Goods recipients, 179 Home for Dinner recipients, 72 Special Celebrations, 349 tickets/events for its Recreation program, and gave 276 quilts for the Comfort Quilt Program.  

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Results and Impact

RMHNL asks that families make a minimal per-night donation to stay at the house. McDonald's Restaurants of Canada and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada provide in-kind and financial donations raised through events, suppliers, coin boxes and McHappy Day events. The charity estimates that in F2016, it saved families $756,681 ($764,790 in 2017) in accommodation costs. 

Charity Intelligence has given Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland a Low impact rating for demonstrated impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: Low

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Charity Intelligence has rated RMHNL as low on demonstrated impact per dollar (see impact grid on right side below). Ronald McDonald House of Newfoundland and Labrador is considered a medium-cap charity with donations and special events revenues of $1.8m in F2018In F2018, its administrative costs are 4% of total revenues and fundraising costs represent 27% of donations. Therefore, for every dollar donated, 70 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending 

In F2018, RMHNL had funding reserves of $2.6m which can cover annual program costs for 3.2 years. 

This report is an update that has been sent to Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 4, 2019 by Parker Thomlinson.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.6%3.8%3.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.5%25.6%25.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 318.4%291.7%246.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,173,0721,038,3171,032,970
Goods in kind 440,743389,801407,603
Special events 639,196602,050550,577
Investment income 25,15617,76114,102
Other income 15,09726,74916,077
Total revenues 2,293,2642,074,6782,021,329
Program costs 806,092789,445809,609
Administrative costs 81,29277,17070,140
Fundraising costs 480,349419,962395,121
Cash flow from operations 925,531788,101746,459
Funding reserves 2,566,6312,302,7751,991,850

Note: In F2017 and F2018, amortization was backed out of program costs lowering program expenses by $226k in F2018, and $230k in F2017. In F2016, amortization was included as a line item in revenue and therefore was not backed out.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 8

Avg. Compensation: $48,158

Top 10 staff salary range:

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$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

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