Montreal Holocaust Museum

5151, chemin de la Cote-Ste-Catherine
Montreal, QC H3W 1M6
Executive Director: Alice Herscovitch
President: Daniel Rabinowicz

Charitable Reg. #:89083 7941 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) 91 cents are available for programs.

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About Montreal Holocaust Museum:

Founded in 1979, Montreal Holocaust Museum (MHM) is North America's first historical Holocaust museum. MHM collects, preserves and shares artifacts left from the Holocaust. Its mission is to educate people about the Holocaust and sensitize the public to threats of anti-Semitism, racism, hate and indifference. MHM’s programs include its Museum, Education outreach, Commemoration and testimonies, and Exhibits.

Montreal Holocaust Museum’s Education outreach activities made up 26% of program costs in F2016. MHM reports that its educational documents, activities and pedagogical projects were downloaded 55,000 times in 2016, a 45% increase from last year. The charity had 80,683 website visits from 50,873 website visitors, both higher than last year. MHM’s social media following also increased – the charity now has 1,832 Facebook followers and 1,913 Twitter followers. In 2016, 25 published articles cited the Centre and the Centre was featured 63 times in various media.

Museum activities made up 25% of program costs in F2016. Over 14,000 people visited the Centre in 2016, including over 8000 students. Elementary school student visits increased 38% from last year. MHM holds the largest collection of artifacts and archives on Canada's Holocaust history. Its collection of 11,600 items includes 5,400 text documents and 1,400 3D objects. In 2016, the Centre received 453 new donations. To preserve this collection and develop a global reach, MHM has digitized over 85% of its collection. It also loans its artifacts to other museums – in 2016, 64 of the Centre’s objects were on display in other museums.

Exhibits made up 12% of program costs in F2016. MHM ran 4 new exhibits during the year. Commemoration and testimonies spending made up 10% of program costs in F2016. MHM has a collection of over 780 testimonies from Holocaust survivors and 180 video clips. Over 11,500 people listened to the testimonies collection in 2016, including 5,000 listeners outside the museum.

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Montreal Holocaust Museum is a medium-sized charity with donations of $1.3m in F2016. Donations increased 55% from F2015, largely due to an increase in fundraising contributions and deferred contributions. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 1% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.91 goes to its programs, which falls well within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity holds funding reserves of $856k, of which $147k are donor-endowed. Excluding endowed funds, funding reserves can cover only 78% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

Updated on June 22, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.6%10.7%11.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.7%6.8%1.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 78.1%80.4%85.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,262,235816,565888,713
Government funding 003,467
Business activities (net) 70,82276,97076,098
Investment income (22,302)76,04344,707
Total revenues 1,310,755969,5781,012,985
Program costs 915,782722,157728,272
Administrative costs 114,05395,486106,724
Fundraising costs 8,68355,55713,965
Cash flow from operations 272,23796,378164,024
Funding reserves 855,815721,532762,105

Note: Montreal Holocaust Museum has restated the 2014 financial information in its F2015 audited financial statements. Ci has used the 2014 numbers from the F2015 financial statements. The charity does not explicitly report the costs of its business activities, and therefore the amounts shown above are gross revenues. Ci adjusted for changes in deferred contributions, affecting donations by $232k in F2016, $35k in F2015 and $109k in F2014. Ci did not report amortization of museum and other capital assets, decreasing expenses by $19k in F2016, $14k in F2015 and $22k in F2014.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 10

Avg. Compensation: $57,495

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 F2016

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