Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

205 Horton St E, Suite 203
London, ON N6B 1K7
CEO: Susan Marshall
Board Chair: Chris Sullivan

Charitable Reg. #:11881 6339 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) 77 cents are available for programs.

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About Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada:

Founded in 1982, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada (BTFC) funds programs and services to support people with brain tumours. BTFC also gives money to researchers studying potential cures and improved treatments for this disease. Brain tumours are the leading cause of solid cancer death in children under the age of 20, and the third leading cause in young adults. BTFC estimates that 55,000 Canadians have brain tumours. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has two main programs, Patient Services and Research.
Patient Services represented 75% of BTFC’s program spending in F2020. Brain Tumour Walk is a community event within this program. In F2020, 22 walk events took place with 10,110 participants. The program also supports brain tumour patients, survivors, and their families with events such as BrainWAVE. In F2020, 16 BrainWAVE activity-filled day events took place across Canada. Patient Services also includes support groups, conferences and other community events.
Research represented 25% of BTFC’s program spending in F2020. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada supports research groups, students, and fellowships. In F2020, the charity funded 1 research fellowship and 2 research studentships. In F2020, BTFC also awarded 5 Feature Grants of 50,000 each to researchers working on glioblastoma brain tumours. In 2021, the charity’s Feature Grants will focus on pediatric brain tumour research.

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Results and Impact

Dr. Ugljesa Djuric, a 2017 research fellowship recipient, researches brain tumour treatment options. In 2019, three of his research findings were published in scientific journals. One of which outlines a new approach to identify brain cancer types. This discovery has the potential to speed up prognosis.
Other past grant recipients have made progress in the brain tumour research field. For example, Dr. Michael Taylor uncovered the early origins of childhood brain cancer in F2019. These findings could explain why tumours occur so frequently in early childhood. 
While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of BTFC’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).  

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Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has donations and special events revenue of $2.8m in F2020. The charity received $348k in government funding representing 12% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 15% of donations and special events. This results in total overhead spending of 23%. For every dollar donated, 77 cents go to the cause. This falls inside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has $3.5m in funding reserves, of which $345k is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover 151% or around a year and a half of annual program costs with current reserves.

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

Updated on June 4, 2021 by Brenleigh Jebb.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.9%7.7%8.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 14.9%18.2%20.8%
Total overhead spending 22.8%25.9%29.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 151.1%106.3%90.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,137,7051,160,183924,614
Goods in kind 6,2173,5955,806
Government funding 348,29900
Special events 1,642,5852,330,2632,122,732
Investment income 150,286221,860(18,879)
Other income 7,1099,99211,577
Total revenues 3,292,2013,725,8933,045,850
Program costs 2,093,2662,274,9812,369,154
Administrative costs 246,565269,983261,785
Fundraising costs 414,761636,684632,517
Total spending 2,754,5923,181,6483,263,456
Cash flow from operations 537,609544,245(217,606)
Capital spending 12,41620,0126,195
Funding reserves 3,482,4152,741,9702,461,820

Note: Ci reported government funding, affecting revenue by $348k in F2020. Ci removed amortization from program and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 28

Avg. compensation: $56,328

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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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001