Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation

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

Charitable Reg. #:10693 2320 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 84 cents are available for programs.

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About Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation:

Founded in 1988, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH Foundation) raises money to support mental health research, care, and education at CAMH. Based in Toronto, CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction hospital network. The foundation states that while mental illness accounts for around 10% of diseases affecting Ontarians, it receives only 7% of healthcare funding. This represents an estimated funding deficit of $1.5 billion each year. Roughly one in two Canadians will experience mental illness by the time they reach 40 years of age.

In F2020, CAMH Foundation provided grants to CAMH in five main areas. These included Capital and Redevelopment, Research, Programs, Public Awareness, and Education.

Capital and Redevelopment represented 46% of grant spending in F2020. These funds go toward new hospitals, buildings, and renovations. Notably, CAMH Foundation granted a total of $50.7m in F2020, more than 2.5 times greater than $19.7m in F2019. Capital grants were mostly responsible for this increase, as the foundation allocated an additional $22.5m to capital projects in F2020, compared to only $1.6m in the year before. These funds supported the construction of two new hospitals: the McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building and the Crisis and Critical Care Building. CAMH Foundation states that it plans to open both hospitals in fall 2020.

Research made up 37% of grants in F2020. CAMH Foundation funds mental health research in three main areas: brain science, personalized care, and policy and prevention. These research areas cover projects seeking to understand mental illness, initiatives designed to improve patient care, and studies surrounding effective policy on addiction and mental health. CAMH Foundation supports a dedicated team of 123 scientists. In 2018, the foundation reported that its mental health research received 3,221 media mentions, representing 43% of total CAMH media mentions.

Programs represented 13% of grant spending. CAMH aims to provide robust patient care at each of its locations. Since 2016, it states that it has experienced a 26% increase in emergency department visits and a 10% increase in outpatient visits. It also saw a 231% increase in virtual consultations, peaking at nearly 3,000 virtual care visits per month in March and April 2020.

Public Awareness and Education programs each received around 2% of the remaining grants. In F2020, CAMH released a new Alcohol Policy Framework, which highlighted the unique impacts of alcohol policy on women’s health. Less than 1% of grants also went to organizations besides CAMH hospitals. These included grants to support research at the University of Toronto and community gardens at FoodShare Toronto.

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Results and Impact

As of 2019, CAMH Foundation reports that its researchers have published 589 articles in peer-reviewed journals. On average, each article received 14.8 citations in other studies. In 2018, a CAMH study found that half of all patients responded to a particular three-minute burst of magnetic stimulation and one third achieved remission from depression. A separate study in 2018 also found that using a GeneSight test panel improved symptoms of depression and helped 15% of patients enter remission. GeneSight tests analyze genetic variations in patient DNA to inform doctors on how patients may respond to certain medications and treatments.

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

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CAMH Foundation is a Major 100 charity, one of Canada’s largest charities, with $97.9m in donations and special events revenue in F2020. Combined administrative and fundraising costs are 16% of revenues (less investment income). For every dollar donated to the charity, 84 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CAMH Foundation has $232.9m in total funding reserves, of which $20.1m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, CAMH Foundation could cover around 4.3 years of annual program costs using its existing reserves.

According to its most recent T3010 filing with the CRA, CAMH Foundation used external fundraisers in F2019. It paid $3.47m to external fundraisers to raise $3.55m, at a cost of $0.98 per dollar raised.

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

Updated on August 13, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 16.2%18.8%25.1%
Total overhead spending 16.2%18.8%25.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 428.6%1,005.3%1,122.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 90,25268,24951,416
Special events 7,6336,6772,629
Investment income (5,729)9,1492,950
Total revenues 92,15684,07556,995
Grants 50,66419,69414,400
Fundraising & administrative costs 15,81214,05913,567
Total spending 66,47633,75327,967
Cash flow from operations 25,68050,32229,028
Capital spending 118273
Funding reserves 232,939207,202168,771

Note: Ci adjusted grants by changes in amounts due to CAMH hospitals. This affected grants and total expenses by $1.8m in F2020, ($1.1m) in F2019, and ($734k) in F2018. Ci removed amortization from combined overhead costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 54

Avg. Compensation: $128,498

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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Charity Contact

Website: www.camh.ca
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