Ronald McDonald House Hamilton

1510 Main St. W.
Hamilton, ON L8S 1E3
Executive Director: Catherine Bridgman
Board President: David Millen

Charitable Reg. #:13277 9836 RR0001


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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) 81 cents are available for programs.

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About Ronald McDonald House Hamilton:

Founded in 1991, Ronald McDonald House South Central Ontario (RMHSCO), formally known as Kids Care Oncology Central West Ontario, and operating as Ronald McDonald House Hamilton, is designed to provide a home away from home for sick children and their families. It primarily serves clients from the Kitchener/Waterloo, Niagara, and Haldimand counties, near Hamilton, Ontario. RMHSCO is one of 14 Ronald McDonald houses across Canada helping the families of children diagnosed with serious illness or injury when they must travel for their child's treatment.

Ronald McDonald House South Central Ontario was built in 1993 as a 15-bedroom house next to McMaster Children’s Hospital. In 2012 the house was expanded to 41 bedrooms. In F2018, RMHSCO reports it serviced 665 families in its house and 147 of those families stayed more than once. RMHSCO reports that families stayed a total of 13,470 nights during F2018, which Ci calculates as an occupancy rate of 90%.

RMHSCO also operates a Ronald McDonald Family Room, located in the McMaster Children’s Hospital, that provides a comfortable environment for families when they cannot leave the hospital. It provides laundry, computer and kitchenette facilities. In F2018, its Family Room at McMaster Children’s Hospital also saw a record number of visits, increasing from 50,000 in 2017 to 80,000 in 2018 and providing services to 1,903 new families.

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Results and Impact

In F2018, RMHSCO reports that it saved $2.7m in out-of-pocket expenses for families.

Charity Intelligence rates Ronald McDonald House South Central Ontario as Low on demonstrated impact per dollar. 

Impact Rating: Fair

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Ronald McDonald House South Central Ontario is considered a medium-sized charity with donations and special events revenues of $3.1m in F2018. Its administrative costs were 9% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs were 10% of donations. For every dollar donated, 81 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

In F2018, RMHSCO had total funding reserves of $1.2m which could cover 7 months of annual program costs.

Note: The charity does not report program, administrative or fundraising costs on its 2016 T3010A filing with the CRA. Figures for administrative and fundraising costs for F2016 are possibly understated.

This report is an update which has been sent to Ronald McDonald House South Central Ontario for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 22, 2019 by Parker Thomlinson.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.2%11.4%3.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.9%9.9%10.5%
Total overhead spending 19.1%21.3%13.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 58.9%52.5%51.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 997,728943,6341,440,153
Goods in kind 00257,438
Fees for service 00162,693
Special events 2,127,8401,682,848382,458
Investment income (3,797)37,44332,591
Total revenues 3,121,7712,663,9252,275,333
Program costs 1,976,6631,740,7051,402,450
Administrative costs 286,838298,38369,281
Fundraising costs 309,966259,949190,480
Other costs 40,30748,31232,764
Total spending 2,613,7742,347,3491,694,975
Cash flow from operations 507,997316,576580,358
Funding reserves 1,163,316914,298719,931

Note: F2016 fundraising and admin ratios may not be comparable to F2017 and F2018 as the nature of reporting by the charity changed in its audited financial statements. Investment income was included in revenues, affecting revenues by ($4k) in F2018, $37k in F2017, and $0 in F2016. Amortization was backed out of expenses on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 18

Avg. Compensation: $47,061

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 F2017

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