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Starlight Children's Foundation

1375 Transcanada Hwy, Suite 105
Dorval, QC H9P 2W8
Executive Director: Brian Bringolf
Board President: Patrick Lefrancois

Charitable Reg. #: 13129 5693 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Youth
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: C+

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Most recent audited financial statements available on the charity's website [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.

Impact Rating: Low

Full-time staff #23

Avg. Compensation $80,931

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 1
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Starlight Children's Foundation:

Starlight Children's Foundation provides entertainment to children who are ill or injured and their families. Through games and activities, the foundation hopes to distract children from their stressful situations. Starlight reports that over one million Canadian kids live with a serious illness or have experienced a life-altering injury. 

Starlight’s in-hospital programming provides toys and activities to distract kids before surgery or during extended hospital stays. There are 603 mobile Fun Centres which include a television, Nintendo Wii U gaming system, and a variety of games. Hospitals are also provided tablets in a protective cover for kids to play with. Starlight Sites are rooms where families can gather to do crafts and play games. Outside of hospital, families can participate in activities which may include a concert, trip to the museum, movie screening, harbor cruise, holiday party, or picnic.

Results and Impact: Charity Intelligence has found Starlight Children's Foundation to have Low impact based on low results per dollar (see diagram in lower right). 

Financial Review:

Starlight Children’s Foundation is a Large charity with donations, goods-in-kind donations, and special events revenues of $8.0m in F2016. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are 41% of donations. For every $1 donated, 55 cents go to the cause, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Starlight has $814k in funding reserves which could cover program costs for less than two months, indicating a need for funding.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to the charity for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Financial analysis updated June 15, 2017 by Josh Lam. Donor accountability information updated August 27, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.9%2.8%6.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 41.4%47.6%50.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 13.5%40.4%5.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,0062,0221,354
Goods in kind 3,1232,924876
Special events 1,9131,308909
Investment income 131
Total revenues 8,0436,2573,140
Program costs 6,0393,1341,654
Administrative costs 317177195
Fundraising costs 2,0341,5841,146
Cash flow from operations (347)1,362145
Funding reserves 8141,26585
Note: Ci presented special events fundraising gross of fundraising expenses, increasing total revenues and fundraising expenses by $968k in F2016, $950k in F2015, and $687k in F2014. Ci adjusted administrative costs for amortization by ($31k) in F2016, ($22k) in F2015 and ($15k) in F2014. Ci disclosed donated goods in kind separately.  Starlight changed its year-end from March to December in 2014. The 2014 period is a 9-month period ending on December 31st, 2014. 2015 corresponds to a 12-month period ending on December 31st, 2015.