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Canadian Mental Health Association

500-250 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M5T 2Z5
CEO: Patrick Smith
Board Chair: Cal Crocker

Charitable Reg. #: 10686 3657 RR0001
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

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

Cents to the Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #5

Avg. Compensation $97,143

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 1
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Canadian Mental Health Association:

Founded in 1918, Canadian Mental Health Association National (CMHA) helps people access resources they need to maintain and improve their mental health, integrate into their community, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness. CMHA delivers on its mission through a federated structure consisting of 105+ incorporated autonomous community and provincial branches across Canada – each with its own Board of Directors and charitable registration number. CMHA’s four core functions are building capacity, influencing policy, providing services, and developing resources.

CMHA improves mental health literacy of Canadians through programs such as its Mental Health Week, a nationally recognized health awareness week held annually the first week of May, on-line information and tools, and targeted programs in key settings such as workplaces. In its F2016 Mental Health Week, CMHA’s #GETLOUD campaign reached 13,797,762 people, a 456% increase from the year before. Because of the campaign, CMHA experienced a 47% increase in website traffic. As part of the charity’s workplace collaboration activities, CMHA trained 25 people through its Mental Health Works program in F2016, and 141 people received their CMHA Psychological Health & Safety Advisor certification.

In addition, CMHA National influences the design and implementation of policies and services related to mental health, mental illness and addiction. Through its #GETLOUD campaign, CMHA aims to increase the proportion of health spending devoted to mental health from 7% to 9% over 10 years, and increase the proportion of social spending devoted to mental health by 2% from current levels.

CMHA’s community and provincial divisions and branches/regions assist in improving mental health literacy and influencing policies and services while delivering services and supports such as suicide prevention services, housing support programs, children and youth programs, and employment and vocational services. In F2016, three provincial branches ran CMHA’s flagship Bounce Back program – Manitoba, British Columbia, and Ontario. CMHA’s Living Life to the Full program ran in nine provinces and one territory by 85 CMHA affiliates and partners, while 164 high schools received educational guides through CMHA’s It’s My Life, It’s Cool to Talk about it program.

Financial Review:

The following financial analysis represents the financial standing of CMHA’s national branch.

Canadian Mental Health Association is a medium-sized charity with donations of $1.3m in F2016. Administrative costs are 28% of revenues and fundraising costs are 10% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.62 goes towards its programs, which falls outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Ci did not include support from provincial divisions in donations when calculating the charity’s fundraising ratio ($233k in F2016, $246k in F2015, and $268k in F2014).

CMHA’s funding reserves of $1.7m can cover annual program costs for 1.8 years.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by CMHA. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 25, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 28.1%24.5%25.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 10.1%9.7%17.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 179.5%134.7%167.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,301,6511,346,930870,628
Fees for service 37,52955,12064,433
Investment income 7,53287,73246,210
Other income 248,397180,947213,674
Total revenues 1,595,1091,670,7291,194,945
Program costs 925,1801,111,999879,512
Administrative costs 446,486387,555289,782
Fundraising costs 108,188106,664103,241
Cash flow from operations 115,25564,511(77,590)
Funding reserves 1,660,9701,497,6881,476,616
Note: Ci gathered program, administrative and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings, and backed out amortization on a pro-rata basis.