1000 Palladium Drive
Kanata, ON K2V 1A5
President & CEO: Danielle Robinson
Board Chair: Graham Macmillan

Charitable Reg. #:88097 5065 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 46 cents are available for programs.

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About Ottawa Senators Foundation:

Founded in 1998, Ottawa Senators Foundation (Sens Foundation) has a mission to empower children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness. The Foundation is affiliated with the Ottawa Senators national hockey team. Sens Foundation recognizes that about 90% of Canadian youth do not get the appropriate level of daily physical activity. One in five children in Ottawa live in poverty and many do not have access to after-school sports, recreational or social programs. It is noted that children who remain indoors do not develop social interaction skills and suffer from emotional stress and obesity. In F2017, Sens Foundation granted $1.9m in financial support across programs in four areas: social recreation, education, physical & mental health, and the Roger Neilson House.

Many of Sens Foundation’s programs operate to increase access to recreational sports for youth in Ottawa. In F2016 (the most recent annual report), 530 kids were equipped with new skates, helmets and skating lessons on outdoor community skating rinks through the I Love to Skate program. Sens Foundation and the Senators Hockey Club have committed to building 20 community rinks in the Ottawa, Gatineau and surrounding regions. As of F2017, 13 of the 20 rinks have already been built. These rinks will provide year-round activities for youth; from hockey in the winter, to basketball in the summer.

The Foundation's Sens@School program has engaged more than 67,000 students in over 1,750 classrooms across eastern Ontario and western Quebec. It provides curriculum-based education using the sport of hockey to inspire students' imaginations. Sens Foundation has also endowed more than $1.9m at post-secondary institutions across the Ottawa region. Since the inception of these funds, more than 300 bursaries have been granted.

Physical and mental health programs include Hockey Talks and Project Step.  In collaboration with the 6 other Canadian NHL teams, Hockey Talks is an annual event in February that aims to bring youth mental health issues into public discussion. Project Step provides support and funding for partnerships and initiatives related to the support, education, treatment and prevention of youth addictions in Ottawa. In F2017, 5,800 students participated in addictions prevention education activities and 2,415 parents received support.

Roger Nielson House is one of only six pediatric care homes in Canada. It is an eight-bedroom facility that provides a home-away-from-home experience to children and their families. It provides end of life care, grief and bereavement counselling and other support services to children and families facing progressive life-limiting illnesses. Roger Nielson House reports to have cared for 419 individual children since it opened in 2006.

Results and Impact: Sens Foundation reports that 3 out of every 4 students who participated in Project Step reduced or stopped using one or more drugs in less than one school year.

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Ottawa Senators Foundation is a medium-sized charity with $3.3m in donations and special events fundraising in F2017. Administrative costs were 11% of revenues and fundraising costs were 43% of donations. For every dollar donated, $0.46 went to grants, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The Foundation has funding reserves of $2.3m which can cover annual grants for under 14 months.

Sens Foundation also raised $1.1m from its 50/50 draw at NHL games in F2017, a 60% increase from F2015. In F2017, the Foundation took back direct responsibility of the 50/50 lottery from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) that started managing the lottery in F2015.

In June 2016, Sens Foundation donated $2.2m to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation (CHEO Foundation) for Roger Neilson House. This resulted in a significant increase in grants and decrease in funding reserves in F2016.

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

Updated on June 20, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending July
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.6%9.2%9.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 43.2%43.6%55.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 114.0%36.3%244.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,167,5772,269,6881,965,721
Lotteries (net) 1,095,574606,845683,074
Special events 1,099,336831,654759,373
Investment income 19,273(33,066)268,694
Total revenues 4,381,7603,675,1213,676,862
Grants 2,034,7004,300,7741,540,700
Administrative costs 461,265339,862315,676
Fundraising costs 1,412,2691,352,2891,508,213
Cash flow from operations 473,526(2,317,804)312,273
Funding reserves 2,318,6401,561,9333,769,772

Note: Ci backed out the 50/50 lotteries from fundraising revenues and expenses and presented them as net. This decreases total revenues and fundraising expenses by ($1.8m) in F2017, ($95k) in F2016 and ($109k) in F2015.  Bank interest and investment income, changes in fair value of investments, and investment management fees were all included in investment income.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 8

Avg. Compensation $94,350

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 F2017

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