Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation

Bell Gateway Building, 100 Stokes Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M6J 1H4
President & CEO: Deborah Gillis
Board Chair: Thomas Milroy

Charitable Reg. #:10693 2320 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 81 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. CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction hospital. The foundation reports that while mental illness accounts for about 10% of the diseases burdening Ontarians, it receives only 7% of healthcare funding. This represents an estimated funding deficit of $1.5 billion annually.

In F2019, CAMH Foundation allocated 78% of grants to supporting research and care. The foundation funds mental health research, aiming to lower suicide rates and reduce disability. In 2018, CAMH researchers published 630 articles in peer-review journals. The foundation’s Gifts of Light program provides patients with resources to encourage success, improve health, and provide comfort. In 2019, 4,500 “gifts” were distributed including cooking classes, backpacks with essential living supplies, furniture, exercise classes, and books.

CAMH Foundation allocated 14% of grant spending to education and public awareness in F2019. Working with Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse Research, CAMH Education created “The Blunt Truth,” a set of guidelines to help young people minimize health risks when using cannabis. Nearly 12,000 copies of “The Blunt Truth” have been distributed. CAMH also produced a podcast informing doctors of what they need to know regarding cannabis legalization which has been downloaded almost 500 times.

In F2019, CAMH Foundation allocated 8% of grants to redevelopment and infrastructure. In December 2018, the structure of two new buildings was completed: the McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building, and the Crisis and Critical Care Building. It is estimated that the buildings will be ready for use in mid-2020.

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Results and Impact

Key research reported in 2017 involved a nutritional supplement kit that is given to women after giving birth, to reduce baby blues, a precursor to postpartum depression. In 2018, the supplement kit was patented in the US.

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CAMH Foundation received $74.9m in donations and special events revenue during F2019, making it a Major 100 charity, and one of Canada’s largest. Fundraising and administrative costs are 19% of revenues less investment income. For every dollar donated, 81 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. CAMH Foundation reports paying external fundraisers $3.3m in F2018 but fails to report how much revenue was collected by the external fundraisers.

CAMH Foundation has $207.2m in funding reserves, of which $18.5m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the foundation could grant at the F2019 level for ten years using reserves.

The average salary for full-time employees in F2018 was $132k, an increase from $105k in F2015. In F2018, CAMH Foundation paid full-time workers an average salary that was greater than the average full-time salary provided to CAMH hospital employees.

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

Updated on July 12, 2019 by Madison Kerr. Results Reporting grade updated on March 10, 2020 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 18.8%25.1%20.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 1,005.3%1,122.3%665.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 68,24951,41650,620
Special events 6,6772,6292,895
Investment income 9,1492,9506,344
Total revenues 84,07556,99559,859
Grants 19,69414,40017,666
Fundraising & administrative costs 14,05913,56711,087
Cash flow from operations 50,32229,02831,106
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 207,202168,771127,452

Note: Ci has adjusted for change in grants due to CAMH hospital, affecting expenses by ($1.1m) in F2019, ($734k) in F2018, and $614k in F2017. Amortization has been removed from fundraising and administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 54

Avg. Compensation: $132,335

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.give.camh.ca
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For donors trying to reach CAMH Foundation the toll-free phone number is 1.800.414.0471 or locally 416.797.6909