Society for Manitobans with Disabilities Foundation

825 Sherbrook St.
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M5
CEO: Dana Erickson
Board Chair: Dale Brownlee

Charitable Reg. #:88840 5644 RR0001


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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) -52 cents are available for programs.

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About Society for Manitobans with Disabilities Foundation:

Founded in 1992, Society for Manitobans with Disabilities Foundation (SMD Foundation) fundraises for Manitoba Possible, a charity that assists people with disabilities. Before F2020, Manitoba Possible was known as Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD). Previously, the charity and SMD Foundation had separate website pages to report on their activities, but they now share a single website that reports on only the charity. Manitoba Possible states that more than 200,000 Manitobans live with a disability. In F2020, SMD Foundation granted $448k, down 25% from $593k in the previous year. SMD Foundation and Manitoba Possible operate three Winnipeg offices and six regional offices.

SMD Foundation provides grants to two charities: Manitoba Possible and SMD Self-Help Clearinghouse.

Manitoba Possible aims to create an inclusive society by reducing barriers for people with disabilities. It offers recreational activities for children and adults, such as bowling, arts and crafts, sports, and music programs. Manitoba Possible also provides assistive technology and runs centres for employment training and therapy. The charity reports that it issues around 15,000 parking passes to its clients each year. Since founding, Manitoba Possible has provided around 11,000 manual wheelchairs.

SMD Self-Help Clearinghouse is a charity that works alongside Manitoba Possible. It runs smaller support groups to help clients through the practice of self-help. The charity states that self-help is the notion that people who share a disability can help one another in ways that professionals cannot. Self-help groups meet regularly to allow members to share experiences and resources. In F2020, SMD Self-Help Clearinghouse worked with 15 participating organizations to connect groups of clients. The charity supports partner organizations with subsidized rent, shared office equipment, and other services.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Society for Manitobans with Disabilities Foundation a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

The websites for SMD Foundation and Manitoba Possible merged in F2020. Ci was not able to report on any publicly-available results that were specific to SMD Foundation.

Impact Rating: Low

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Society for Manitobans with Disabilities Foundation is a small charity with donations and special events revenue of $436k in F2020. This is down 63% from $1.2m in F2019.

The charity does not report separate expenses related to lotteries, so fundraising expenses may be overstated. Combined administrative and fundraising costs are 152% of revenues (less investment income). For every dollar donated, zero cents go to the cause, which is significantly outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

SMD Foundation has $10.0m in total funding reserves, of which $3.0m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, SMD Foundation could cover 10.9 years of its annual program and grant costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Society for Manitobans with Disabilities Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 6, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 152.0%122.4%126.3%
Total overhead spending 152.0%122.4%126.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 1,089.6%1,139.2%835.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 16,322441,643432,637
Special events 419,899724,742662,264
Investment income 136,1751,155,139954,047
Total revenues 572,3962,321,5242,048,948
Program costs 342,688233,954359,149
Grants 447,741593,335688,174
Fundraising & administrative costs 663,2381,427,8231,382,841
Other costs 4,9054,586687
Total spending 1,458,5722,259,6982,430,851
Cash flow from operations (886,176)61,826(381,903)
Funding reserves 9,976,02610,713,92510,617,900

Note: Ci typically presents lottery revenue net of expenses. However, since the charity’s financial statements do not identify lottery-specific expenses, Ci included lotteries revenue in special events fundraising. Ci adjusted for changes in deferred revenues, affecting total revenues by ($245k) in F2020, $17k in F2019, and $16k in F2018. Ci reported total investment income rather than only the portion of investment income recognized as revenue on the charity’s financial statements. This affected total revenues by ($91k) in F2020, $232k in F2019, and $116k in F2018. Ci adjusted grants by the changes in payables to SMD and SMD Self-Help Clearinghouse. This affected grants and total expenses by $42k in F2020, $127k in F2019, and $47k in F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 5

Avg. Compensation: $68,273

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 F2019

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