Schizophrenia Society of Ontario

130 Spadina Avenue, Suite 302
Toronto, ON M5V 2L4
CEO: Mary Alberti
Board President: Aamir Mian

Charitable Reg. #:12990 4058 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 39 cents are available for programs.

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About Schizophrenia Society of Ontario:

Founded in 1979, Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) works to make a positive difference in the lives of people, families and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses. Its ultimate vision is a society in which schizophrenia is recognized as a serious brain disease and excellence in service and treatment are the norm. Further, the society aims to end the stigma against schizophrenia and ultimately, find a cure.

To achieve this vision, SSO funds research, operates a range of support, education and awareness programs, and seeks to mobilize youth to take a greater role in understanding schizophrenia and championing SSO's cause. Since 1993, SSO has funded 20 research projects and contributed $20m to research on schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses. In F2016, 18% of program spending was allocated to research. Programs include initiatives that connect those living with mental illnesses with mental health professionals, professional training in cognitive behavioural therapy, support groups, and other educational initiatives.  

Sound Off is a program run by youth for youth. It aims to break the silence surrounding mental health by starting conversations about improving Ontario’s responsiveness to youth and mental health issues. In F2016, 1800 surveys were distributed, of which 1593 were collected and used for analysis. The survey asked students for their input on the role of schools, media and communities on mental health education and advocacy. The resulting recommendations included improvements in the availability of mental health resources for post-secondary students, an increase in media responsibility, and increased mental health education for those involved in law enforcement.

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Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is a medium-sized charity with $1.2m in donations and special events fundraising in F2016. Government funding accounted for an additional $558k in revenues. Administrative costs were 25% of revenues and fundraising costs were 36% of donations. As such, for every $1 donated, 39 cents went to the cause. This falls below what Charity Intelligence considers a reasonable range for overhead spending.

Funding reserves of $487k can cover 4 months of program costs. Funding reserves have been steadily decreasing from $1.1m in F2014 to $658k in F2015 and $487k in F2016. Since F2014, Schizophrenia Society of Ontario has been operating at a negative cash flow ranging from ($341k) to ($590k) each year.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 19, 2017 by Juliana Badovinac.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 24.6%29.6%21.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 36.3%52.3%37.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 39.0%50.9%69.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 999,591705,1831,053,092
Government funding 557,712557,659636,356
Fees for service 27,80953,62642,126
Lotteries (net) 56,30297,6410
Special events 209,013247,994455,791
Investment income 9,62118,14530,777
Other income 3,52216,460244
Total revenues 1,863,5701,696,7082,218,386
Program costs 1,247,4461,292,7261,519,751
Grants 000
Administrative costs 456,742496,475469,064
Fundraising costs 438,921497,988570,272
Cash flow from operations (279,539)(590,481)(340,701)
Funding reserves 487,050657,6551,098,103

Note: Schizophrenia Society of Ontario has lottery expenses raising funds through Nevada tickets and bingos. These raised $200k in F2016 and $247k in F2015. Charity Intelligence shows lottery revenues net of expenses: $144k in F2016 and $150k in F2015.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 25

Avg. Compensation: $57,659

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 F2016

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