Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation

100 Stokes Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M6J 1H4
President & CEO: Deborah Gillis
Board Chair: Valerie Pringle

Charitable Reg. #:10693 2320 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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) 68 cents are available for programs.

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About Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation:

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation is a three-star charity with a high results reporting grade. It is financially transparent and has reasonable overhead costs. It has high funding reserves that can cover grant spending for over seven years. 

Founded in 1988, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH Foundation) is the fundraising arm for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario. CAMH is the largest mental health and addiction hospital in Canada. The charity reports that around 450 million people across the globe struggle with mental illness, making it the leading cause of disability worldwide. It reports that one in five Canadians experience mental illness. According to CAMH Foundation, 4,000 Canadians per year die by suicide, an average of almost 11 suicides per day. The charity gives grants to CAMH for five main areas: Research, Capital and Redevelopment, Programs, Education, and Public Awareness. In F2023 it also distributed grants to other charities. CAMH Foundation granted a total of $35.0m for F2023.

Research represented 65% of grant spending in F2023. The foundation funds mental health research in three areas: brain science, policy and prevention, and personalized care. The charity aims to revolutionize our understanding of mental illness through its research. In F2022, CAMH Foundation wrote 1,005 peer-reviewed articles. It also funded 23 research chair positions during the year.

CAMH Foundation spent 29% of grants on Capital and Redevelopment in F2023. The funding in this grant area goes towards the renovation of old facilities at CAMH. In F2021, CAMH opened two new hospital buildings: the McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building and the Crisis and Critical Care Building. Overall, these buildings add 600,000 square feet and 235 inpatient beds to CAMH. In February 2023, CAMH Foundation launched the No One Left Behind campaign. The foundation is planning to raise $500 million to support the building of a new Research & Discovery Centre.

Programs represented 4% of grants in F2023. CAMH offers a wide variety of clinical care services to patients including medical assessments, brief interventions, inpatient programs, outpatient programs, day hospital services, continuing care, and family support. In F2023, the hospital had 38,646 unique patients. It had 16,143 emergency department visits during the year. CAMH had 10,325 appointments for transcranial magnetic stimulation in F2023. This is a non-invasive brain stimulation used for treatment-resistant mental illnesses.

The remaining amount of grants is dispersed to other qualified donees (2%), Education (1%), and Public Awareness (1%). Other qualified donees include The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, University of Toronto, and Workman Arts.

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Results and Impact

In 2023, a CAMH research study found that augmenting commonly used antidepressants with the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole can lead to a remission of depressive symptoms in 30% of patients. This was based on data collected from 742 participants over the age of 60 with treatment-resistant depression.

Another study published in 2023 found that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was associated with a 50% decrease in risk for suicide among patients with depression, in the year after their hospitalizations.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of CAMH Foundation’s results and impact.

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).


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CAMH Foundation is a Major 100 charity, one of Canada’s largest charities in terms of donations. In F2023, it received $63.0m in donations and special events revenue. During the year, the charity earned $460k in investment income, representing a 0.2% annual return. Its average annual investment return since F2012 is 4%.

Combined administrative and fundraising costs are 32% of total revenue excluding investment income. For every dollar donated to the charity, 68 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CAMH Foundation has $276.7m in net reserve funds, including $25.2m in donor-endowed funds. Reserve funds are the charity’s cash and investments. Excluding donor-endowed funds, CAMH Foundation’s net funding reserves can cover F2023 grant costs for around seven years and six months.

According to its most recent T3010 filing with the CRA in F2022, CAMH Foundation uses external fundraisers. It paid external fundraisers $2.7m to raise $5.0m in F2022, at a cost of $0.53 per dollar raised.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to CAMH Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 10, 2023 by Alessandra Castino.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 31.8%46.7%28.3%
Total overhead spending 31.8%46.7%28.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 746.2%945.6%671.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 61,07035,00053,754
Goods in kind 0032
Special events 1,8922,9761,178
Investment income 46111,67129,265
Total revenues 63,42349,64784,228
Grants 34,96927,09537,067
Donated goods exp 0032
Fundraising & administrative costs 20,00017,74415,549
Total spending 54,96944,83952,648
Cash flow from operations 8,4544,80831,580
Capital spending 6197124
Funding reserves 276,711269,343264,767

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted grants by changes in amounts due to CAMH hospitals. This affected expenses by ($667k) in F2023, ($3.4m) in F2022, and $5.8m in F2021. Ci reported donated capital assets, goods, and services as goods in kind, removing the amounts from donations and grants. Ci removed amortization from the combined fundraising and admin costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 60

Avg. compensation: $135,801

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 F2022

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Charity Contact

Website: www.camh.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001