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Ronald McDonald House South Central Ontario

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

Charitable Reg. #: 13277 9836 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Youth
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: D+

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.

Impact Rating: Fair

Full-time staff #14

Avg. Compensation $54,631

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 8
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Ronald McDonald House South Central Ontario:

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, primarily for 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. 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.

RMHSCO charges a minimal per-night fee to stay at the house; however, no family is turned away due to their inability to pay. Fees charged in F2016 cover only 8% of total program and administrative costs of the house. McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada (RMHC) provide in-kind and financial donations raised through events, suppliers, coin boxes and McHappy Day events. RMHC grants accounted for 13% of RMHSCO’s budget in F2016. McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada and its franchisees raised $515k for the house in F2016.

Financial Review:

Ronald McDonald House South Central Ontario is considered a medium-cap charity with donations and special events revenues of $1.5m. In F2016, administrative costs were 4% of revenues and fundraising costs were 17% of donations. For every dollar donated, 79 cents goes to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. Total funding reserves of $720k cover 54% of annual program costs, supporting expenses for 6 months.

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 likely understated. For comparison purposes, using the charity's F2015 T3010A filing, for every dollar donated, 68 cents goes to the charity's programs, which falls within Ci's reasonable range.

This report is an update and is currently being reviewed by Ronald McDonald House South Central Ontario. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated June 22, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.2%5.5%6.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.2%26.4%25.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 54.0%66.7%39.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,285,4181,430,6271,838,022
Goods in kind 257,438236,619136,895
Fees for service 162,693147,825135,346
Special events 382,458428,905311,136
Investment income 32,59167,124183,398
Total revenues 2,120,5982,311,1002,604,797
Program costs 1,333,830965,8951,164,713
Administrative costs 87,583124,279159,484
Fundraising costs 240,798422,514488,786
Other costs 32,76400
Cash flow from operations 425,623798,412791,814
Funding reserves 719,931644,404453,953
Note: Ci reports deferred donations in the period received, affecting donations by ($155k) in F2016, $311k in F2015 and $780k in F2014. Ci has removed unrealized gains and losses on investments, affecting revenues by ($64k) in F2014. Donations from Ronald McDonald House of Canada of $268k in F2016, $262k in F2015 and $231k in F2014 have been removed from donations when calculating the fundraising cost ratio.  Administrative and fundraising costs are taken from the charity's T3010 CRA filing as they are not separately reported on the audited financial statements. These figures have not been released for F2016 and administrative and fundraising numbers are likely understated.

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