Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan

1011 University Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0K4
CEO: Tammy Forrester
Board Chair: Jim Flath

Charitable Reg. #:10740 7983 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 80 cents are available for programs.

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About Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan:

Founded in 1983, Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan (RMHS) offers housing services to families of children travelling to receive medical treatment at hospitals in Saskatoon. The charity is formally known as Friends of Saskatchewan Children and it opened its House in 1985. RMHS runs one of the 15 Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada – all of the Houses are for families of children who must travel to receive medical treatment. The RMHS House is within walking distance to Royal University Hospital and Saskatoon Cancer Clinic. RMHS also accommodates families of children receiving treatment at Saskatoon City Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, and Kinsmen Children’s Centre.

Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan expanded its 13-guest-room house in 2014 to 43,000 square feet and it now can house up to 34 families. Occupancy rates have increased from 57% in 2015 to 82% in 2017, and the House serves nearly 1500 families annually. RMHS charges families $10 per night at the House.

In September 2016, Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan opened its first Ronald McDonald House Family Room in the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital PEDS Unit in a partnership with Prince Albert Parkland Health Region. By the end of 2017, the room supported 717 families who have together made 8,907 visits.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan a Low impact rating for demonstrated impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: Fair

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Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan is a Medium-sized charity with total donations and special events revenues of $2.5m in 2017, down from $3.2m in 2016. Administrative costs are 12% of revenues and fundraising costs are 7% of donations (excluding grants from Ronald McDonald House Charities of $243k). For every dollar donated, 80 cents go to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

RMHS holds funding reserves of $6.8m, which can cover annual program costs for 5.5 years. This coverage indicates a lack of funding need. While funding reserves have risen by 38% since 2015, program costs have risen faster due to the new Family Room. Overall, this has caused the program cost coverage ratio to fall from 6.6 years to 5.5 years since 2015.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 3, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.4%7.7%9.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.2%8.5%6.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 552.7%545.2%663.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,029,1042,819,5462,516,728
Fees for service 89,53087,71081,120
Special events 428,845370,628289,815
Investment income 248,620117,252124,128
Total revenues 2,796,0993,395,1363,011,791
Program costs 1,234,6061,088,199746,331
Administrative costs 314,650253,152286,150
Fundraising costs 159,525224,833157,064
Cash flow from operations 1,087,3181,828,9521,822,246
Funding reserves 6,824,0655,932,7824,951,011

Note: Ci reported deferred contributions when received, affecting revenues by (54k) in F2017, ($131k) in F2016, and $779k in F2015. Ci recognized investment income, unrealized gains, and interest and dividend income net of management fees, increasing revenues by $249k in F2017, $117k in F2016, and $124k in F2015. Ci gathered F2015 expense figures from the charity’s T3010 CRA filing. Ci backed out amortization on a pro-rata basis from program, administrative, and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 14

Avg. Compensation $47,194

Top 10 staff salary range

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
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$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

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