Make-A-Wish® – Canada
Toronto, ON M2P 2A9
President & CEO: Jennifer Klotz-Ritter
Board Chair: Kenrick Sproul
Charitable Reg. #: 89526 9173 RR0001
Grade: A-The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Full-time staff #23
Avg. Compensation $63,544
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About Make-A-Wish® – Canada:
Founded in 1983, Make-A-Wish Canada 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 more than 6,281 wishes since inception. The charity claims that it currently grants roughly one wish a day.
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 480 grants to Canadian children with life-threatening illnesses in F2014. Based on total operating costs for the year, the charity spent $11,591 per wish granted.
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, 91% 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 donations of $4.3m in F2015. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are 22% of donations, which combined falls within Ci’s reasonable range. $0.26 of every dollar donated to the charity goes toward overhead costs.
Make-A-Wish Canada’s funding reserves of $2.8m can cover only 54% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.
Updated on July 18, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending December
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||3.8%||4.6%||4.4%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||22.4%||21.9%||19.9%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||53.9%||52.1%||50.8%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Goods in kind||2,803||2,042||1,920|
|Cash flow from operations||610||387||599|