Toronto, ON M2P 2A9
President & CEO: Jennifer Klotz-Ritter
Board Chair: Barb Hambly
Charitable Reg. #: 89526 9173 RR0001
Grade: BThe grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to The Cause
Impact Rating: Low
Full-time staff #24
Avg. Compensation $70,763
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About Make-A-Wish Canada:
Founded in 1983, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada (Make-A-Wish Canada, MAWC) is a granting charity that helps kids with life-threatening diseases live out their biggest wishes. The charity pays for all of the costs associated with a qualified child’s wish and hopes that after their wish experience, the child will feel happier, healthier and stronger than before. Make-A-Wish Canada and its eight chapters across the country have collectively granted 6,864 wishes since inception. Wishes fall into four categories: to have, to go, to be, and to meet.
Make-A-Wish Canada separates itself from other wish-granting charities by operating on an international level, meaning that it can both send its Canadian wish children to other countries and host children visiting from other countries. The charity pairs each wish child with a team of local wish granting volunteers who work with the child and their family to identify and make the child’s one wish come true.
Make-A-Wish Canada made almost 500 grants to Canadian children with life-threatening illnesses in F2015 and states that total grants increased by 38% from 2010. Ci could not determine the number of wishes made in F2010. Based on total operating costs, the charity spent $13,004 per wish granted in F2015 (comparable to $11,591 per wish in F2014). Wishes to go to Walt Disney World were the main wish type, making up 37% of wishes during the year.
Make-A-Wish Canada measured the impact that its grants have on recipients with a Wish Impact Study that was released in 2013. The study surveyed previous wish kids and their families, Make-A-Wish volunteers, and doctors and nurses of previous wish kids. 97% of adult former wish kids reported that their wish experience improved their mental and emotional health and 83% reported that their physical health improved. Overall, 71% of former wish kids believed that their wish experience contributed to saving their life. The charity does not report the proportion of past wish kids that this survey reached, or the proportion of wish kids who go on to live a healthy life after their wish experience.
Make-A-Wish Canada is a medium-sized charity with total cash donations of $4.3m in F2015. When including donated gifts, total public support increases to $7.1m. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are 25% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.71 goes toward wish granting, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Ci did not include amounts received from chapters ($481k in F2015, $370k in F2014 and $327k in F2013) when calculating MAWC’s fundraising cost ratio.
The charity’s funding reserves of $2.9m can cover 55% of annual wish granting activities, indicating a funding need.
This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Make-A-Wish Canada. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on August 24, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending December
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||3.8%||4.6%||4.5%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||25.2%||24.2%||22.8%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||54.8%||53.2%||52.1%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Goods in kind||2,803||2,042||1,920|
|Cash flow from operations||610||387||499|