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Diabetes Canada

1400 - 55 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 2R5
President & CEO: Rick Blickstead
Board Chair: Jim Newton

Charitable Reg. #: 11883 0744 RR0001
Sector: Health
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 #302

Avg. Compensation $71,098

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 4
$160k - $200k 4
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Diabetes Canada:

Founded in 1953, Diabetes Canada works toward a world free from diabetes. In February 2017, Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) rebranded with the new name Diabetes Canada. With its new name and logo, Diabetes Canada hopes to speak with a bolder voice and raise greater public awareness on behalf of people with diabetes or at risk of diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic illness marked by unusually high blood sugar levels. In healthy individuals, the body produces insulin which acts as the body’s natural way of controlling blood sugar levels. People living with diabetes either lack insulin or form insulin that the body cannot use to regulate sugar levels. As a result, sugar accumulates in the bloodstream and is toxic to internal organs, blood vessels and nerves. People living with diabetes cannot naturally access these sugar stores and often suffer from extreme fatigue.

The number of Canadians living with diabetes has doubled in the last 15 years, per Diabetes Canada. The charity reports that 11 million Canadians live with the disease, a number expected to rise by more than 40% in the next 10 years.

To combat this disease, Diabetes Canada funds research projects that investigate both treatments and a possible cure. The charity’s 2015 Research Report provides information on the 75 research projects funded by Diabetes Canada in 2015. The charity reports that research findings from one of its funded research teams in 2015 have resulted in development of two new drugs for diabetes treatment. The 2016 Research Report has yet to be released, but is expected to provide information on the 80 research projects undertaken in 2016.  

Diabetes Canada also provides direct support to people living with diabetes. The charity runs expos, workshops and webinars for people living with diabetes to gain a better understanding of the disease. Over 33,000 people attended the 350 events held in 2016.

D-Camps are another program run by Diabetes Canada and provide a place for children with diabetes to connect with each other and learn how to live with the disease. The charity ran 50 D-Camps in 2016, attended by 2,400 kids and families.

Financial Review:

Diabetes Canada is a ‘Major 100’ – one of Canada’s 100 largest charities. The charity collected $24.9m in donations in F2016. Administrative costs are 17% of revenues and fundraising costs are 39% of donations. For every $1 donated, 44 cents go to the cause, falling outside of Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Diabetes Canada has funding reserves of $6.4m (23% are donor-endowed). Funding reserves cover 21% of annual program costs, emphasizing a need for donations.

Diabetes Canada's Clothesline operation, which picks up used clothing and donated household goods, is held in a separate trust. Diabetes Canada receives the net profit from these Clothesline operations. In F2016 this was $10.5m compared with $10.5m in F2015 and $11.5m in F2014. Clothesline has an exclusive agreement with Value Village stores. Charity Intelligence consistently reports net profits earned from related businesses as business income. Diabetes Canada includes this net income from Clothesline operations as public support. This difference materially affects Diabetes Canada's financial ratios. Diabetes Canada reports fundraising costs from total support from the public at 28.6% in F2016, 25.2% in F2015, and 28.4% in F2014.

CDA changed its year end from August to December in F2014, making F2014 figures based on 16 months. Ci adjusted the program cost coverage for F2014 to be based on 12 months of programming.

Diabetes Canada reports using external fundraisers. This is an immaterial $111k paid.

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

Updated on May 18, 2017 by Juliana Badovinac.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 17.1%18.7%15.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 39.1%33.3%36.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 21.0%54.0%30.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 24,92529,19234,728
Government funding 2,8503,8047,561
Fees for service 3,6713,3634,980
Lotteries (net) 00463
Business activities (net) 11,74911,67913,294
Special events 3,6323,6404,940
Investment income 380145337
Other income 364444706
Total revenues 47,57152,26767,009
Program costs 25,60125,18533,605
Grants 4,9415,7696,651
Administrative costs 8,0899,76810,108
Fundraising costs 11,16710,92814,546
Cash flow from operations (2,227)6172,099
Funding reserves 6,40416,71816,410
Note: Revenue reported as Events in the audited financial statements has been included in donations within the charity’s revenue breakdown. All research costs reported in the audited financial statements have been recorded as grants expenses in Ci analysis.

Comments added by the Charity:

Founded in 1953, the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) is a registered charity that works toward a world free from diabetes. They lead the fight against diabetes by helping those affected by diabetes to live healthy lives, preventing the onset and consequences of diabetes, and discovering a cure. Dr. Charles Best, co-discoverer of insulin, helped create the Diabetes Association of Ontario in the 1940s—which became the CDA in 1953. Diabetes is a chronic, often debilitating and sometimes fatal disease, in which the body either cannot produce insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that controls the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Diabetes leads to high blood sugar levels, which can damage organs, blood vessels and nerves. The body needs insulin to use sugar as an energy source.

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Canada. Currently, 11 million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes, including those who are undiagnosed. By 2025, 13.6 million Canadians will have diabetes or prediabetes.

In the ongoing fight against diabetes, here’s how the CDA helps:

  • The CDA’s programs, education and services support people living with diabetes in their daily fight to live as well as possible with diabetes;
  • The CDA’s world-leading Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada represent the best evidence-based direction for health-care professionals;
  • The CDA’s funding ensures Canadian researchers remain at the forefront of diabetes breakthroughs. Since 1975, the CDA has invested more than $130 million in leading-edge diabetes research; and,
  • Advocacy efforts have led governments to develop policies that respect the rights of people living with diabetes and access treatments they need to live healthy lives.
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