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Fondation MIRA

1820 Rang Nord-Ouest
Sainte-Madeleine, QC J0H 1S0
Director: Nicolas St-Pierre
Board Chair: Roberto Pietrovito

Charitable Reg. #: 11892 4232 RR0001
Sector: Social Services
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B

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

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements available only upon request

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #70

Avg. Compensation $38,254

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 7
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Fondation MIRA:

Founded in 1981, the MIRA Foundation (MIRA) helps disabled people access the services they need by teaming them with trained guide and service dogs free of charge. Since its establishment, MIRA has paired 3,051 guide and service dogs to the blind and/or deaf, people with motor disabilities and children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). MIRA runs three major dog services: guide dog programs, service dog programs and a rehabilitation dog program. The service dog programs are for people with motor disabilities or children with an autism spectrum disorder. As of 2015, Fondation MIRA has 1,325 dogs helping disabled people.

Schola Mira is a service dogs program for children with pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), a subcategory of ASD. In F2015, Schola Mira made up 48% of total program costs. Through this program, MIRA counsels children with a PDD and pairs them with companion dogs in the hope that these services will help the child grow more independent. As of 2015, MIRA has 381 PDD/ASD dogs helping children grow more independent. Besides children with ASD, MIRA also offers service dogs to people with motor disabilities. Most people receiving help through this program are in wheelchairs and need help getting around and picking up objects. As of 2015, MIRA had 275 active service dogs in this program.

The MIRA Foundation’s guide dog programs are for blind people who may also have a motor disability or be deaf. Fondation MIRA’s 2015 annual report states that as of 2015, the charity had 222 active guide dogs and 15 deaf/blind dogs.

The Mira Foundation’s rehabilitation dog program helps people receiving physiotherapy at the Centre de Réadaptation Estrie. With the 14 active rehabilitation dogs as of 2015, MIRA hopes to speed up the rate of recovery for patients at the center. Physical therapists claim that MIRA’s rehab dogs have improved patients’ gait patterns based on observation.

Financial Review:

Charity Intelligence has  analyzed the charity’s French audited financial statements to the best of our abilities but we recognize that detailed financial information is beyond our linguistic expertise. Material omissions may not be reflected in Charity Intelligence’s analysis.

The MIRA Foundation is a big-cap charity with total donations of $6.7m in F2015. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues and fundraising costs are 34% of donations. $0.38 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

MIRA holds funding reserves of $2.8m, of which $331k are donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover only 56% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Fondation Mira. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 26, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.3%1.6%2.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 34.4%32.1%30.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 65.0%51.8%40.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,7506,8507,383
Goods in kind 735529527
Business activities (net) 877
Investment income 103127
Other income 3600
Total revenues 7,5387,4177,944
Program costs 4,2954,3493,825
Administrative costs 249119178
Fundraising costs 2,3192,1952,240
Other costs 294462
Cash flow from operations 6467101,640
Funding reserves 2,7922,2531,541
Note: Ci included interest income and unrealized gain on investments in investment income, increasing total revenues by $10k in F2015, $31k in F2014 and $27k in F2013. Ci included endowment contributions in donations, increasing total revenues by $75k in F2015, $90k in F2014 and $91k in F2013. Ci reported dog food operations net of expenses in business activities revenue, decreasing total revenues and total expenses by $111k in F2015, $249k in F2014 and $203k in F2013. Ci included indirect taxes receivable in funding reserves.