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Operation Smile

7030 Woodbine Avenue, Suite 500
Markham, ON L3P 3J7
President: Dr. Kenneth Wilson
Treasurer: Lori Tymchyk

Charitable Reg. #: 84064 3605 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

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 for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #4

Avg. Compensation $64,949

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 2
$40k - $80k 2
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Operation Smile:

Operation Smile Canada Foundation (OSCF) is the Canadian member of the global Operation Smile Inc. that began in 1982. Its vision is to allow all children to live with dignity. OSCF raises funds in Canada. All its grants of $7.2m go to Operation Smile Inc., its parent charity in the US. Operation Smile Inc. conducts health care examinations and does surgery repairs on children with facial deformities in developing countries. Operation Smile Inc. has 29 care centers in 19 countries. Donations to OSCF, the Canadian charity, also fund medical training, education and awareness programs.  

Operation Smile Canada reports that 1 in 700 children will have facial deformities. Operation Smile doctors go on regular missions to many developing countries. In F2016, Operation Smile conducted 166 medical missions, built 16 new medical sites, and built 6 new care centers. To date, Operation Smile has performed 220,000 surgeries.

Operation Smile states that in a survey of its trainees, its training sessions changed how 96% of the trainees responded to an emergency situation, and 84% of the trainees saved at least one life as a result of their new-found knowledge.

Financial Review:

Operation Smile Canada is a big-cap charity, receiving donations of $9.2m in F2016. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues and fundraising costs are 67% of donations. For every dollar donated, 28 cents go towards Operation Smile’s programs, falling well outside Ci’s reasonable range. OSCF received $4.9m from its US parent in F2016 to pay for fundraising costs, and OSCF remits to the US parent $7.2m in grants, for a net flow of $2.2m of the $9.2m in donations going to the US for programs. OSCF has total funding reserves of $759k, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 11%. This means that OSCF can cover just over one month of its annual program costs using its reserves, showing a need for funding.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Operation Smile Canada Foundation. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 8th, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.3%3.2%4.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 66.5%63.8%70.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 10.6%7.9%15.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,2027,6386,603
Other income 4,9473,8273,874
Total revenues 14,14911,46510,478
Grants 7,1906,1655,302
Administrative costs 749366508
Fundraising costs 6,1204,8724,683
Other costs 12600
Cash flow from operations (37)63(16)
Funding reserves 759485822

Comments added by the Charity:

Operation Smile Canada Foundation has noted a number of discrepancies with the information posted on this page.

For clarity, OSCF received $7,638,290 donations from Canadians in FY2015, with $6,164,752 (80.7%) going towards our programs. And the revenue (other income) of $3,827,141 was specifically given and used to pay down the total fundraising expenses of $4,871,688 leaving $1,044,547 of fundraising costs covered by donations and admin costs of $365,887 (13.7% and 4.8% respectively out of donations from Canadians). The surplus of $63,104 was 0.8% totaling 100% of the spending of Canadian dollars.

For accurate financial content, please visit our website If you have any questions, please e-mail us at or call 905-479-6861.

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