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

Charitable Reg. #:88097 5065 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

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Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 51 cents are available for programs.

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About Ottawa Senators Foundation:

Founded in 1998, Ottawa Senators Foundation (Sens Foundation) raises money to support local charities and programs in the Ottawa community that serve children and youth. It is affiliated with the Ottawa Senators national hockey team. Sens Foundation divides its grants into three areas: social recreation, education, and physical and mental wellness. It also finances the construction of Sens Rinks (15 built with plans to build five more), and makes an annual grant to Roger Neilson Housean eight-bed children’s hospice in Ottawa. The charity reports on its website that it reached 53,800 kids with program support ‘this past year’ (year not specified).  

Through social recreation grants, Sens Foundation funds programs that work with kids who do not have access to after-school sports, recreation, and social activitiesThe charity reports that its Campership program supports 14 camps in Quebec and 11 in Ontario, providing 52,104 total camp days to 1,628 campers (undated). Its Sport and Leadership League provides 1,500 Boys and Girls Club members with access to Ottawa’s only no-fee, year-round competitive athletic leagues for basketball, ball hockey, and soccer, as well as a walking program. The Sens RecLINK program help kids of families living in social housing participate in sports, art, and/or camp programs – 193 kids have participated in 31,778 hours of recreation programming (undated).  

Education grants include bursaries to college and university students as well as scholarships for mental health patients at Gatineau Health Foundation (offered through the Back to School program)Sens Foundation states that since inception, more than 432 bursaries have been awarded to students attending Algonquin College, University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and La Cité Collégiale. The Back to School program has supported 31 patients with resuming their studies or returning to the workforce (undated) 

Physical and mental wellness grants support programs such as projectSTEP and the Youth Hub. projectSTEP funding supports charities that deliver addiction counselling, prevention education, and family support to 57 high schools, three community-based schools and two centers for residential treatment in Ottawa. Sens Foundation reports that 14,100 youth participate in prevention education, and 1,460 youth and 220 parents are engaged in counselling (undated). Youth Hub is a new initiative launched in partnership with Youth Services Bureau, Royal Ottawa Hospital, South East Ottawa Community Health Centre, and CMHA – Ottawa to help youth transition out of homelessness and into supportive housing.

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Results and Impact

Sens Foundation states on its website that through the Back to School program (supporting mental health patients looking to resume studies or work), 10 patients have received their diploma (undated).

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Ottawa Senators Foundation is a medium-sized charity that collected $3.8m in donations and special events fundraising in F2018. Administrative costs are 11% of revenue (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 38% of donations and special events. Per dollar donated, 51 cents go to the cause, which is not within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

Funding reserves of $3.1m can cover annual granting activities at the F2018 level for 1.3 years.  

Sens Foundation’s audited financials report $443k in grant commitments: $248k to be disbursed in F2019, $110k in F2020, and $85k in F2021.  

The Foundation’s most recent F2018 T3010 filing with the CRA reports $1.7m in grants to registered charities. The five largest grants for the year reported in its T3010 filing were: $350k to Roger Neilson House, $125k to Lord Stanley’s Memorial Monument Inc., $113k to City of Ottawa, $100k to United Way Ottawa, and $100k to Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Charitable Foundation.  

This report is an update that has been sent to Ottawa Senators Foundation for review. 

Updated on August 28, 2019 by Katie Khodawandi 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending July
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.6%10.6%9.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 38.3%43.2%43.6%
Total overhead spending 48.9%53.8%52.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 129.0%114.0%36.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,434,4172,167,5772,269,688
Lotteries (net) 843,7261,095,574606,845
Special events 1,381,8901,099,336831,654
Investment income 30,49519,273(33,066)
Total revenues 4,690,5284,381,7603,675,121
Grants 2,395,3772,034,7004,300,774
Administrative costs 495,562461,265339,862
Fundraising costs 1,461,8451,412,2691,352,289
Total spending 4,352,7843,908,2345,992,925
Cash flow from operations 337,744473,526(2,317,804)
Capital spending 4,89400
Funding reserves 3,089,7832,318,6401,561,933

Note: Ci reported 50/50 raffle revenue net of expenses in lotteries, decreasing total revenue and expenses by $1.8m in F2018, $1.8m in F2017, and $95k in F2016. Investment income in F2016 includes changes in fair value of investments and is reported net of investment management fees, affecting total revenue by ($127k) in F2016. F2018 audited financials do not report on investment management fees or changes in fair value of investments. Amortization of $20k in F2018, $21k in F2017 and $25k in F2016 has been backed out of administrative costs. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 8

Avg. Compensation: $101,535

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 F2018

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Website: www.sensfoundation.com
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Tel: 613-599-0323