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Women's Auxiliary of the Hospital for Sick Children

555 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
President: Susan Lambie
Vice President: Jenn Abbott

Charitable Reg. #: 11930 2503 RR0001
Sector: Health
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

2017 2018 2019
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #1

Avg. Compensation $80,000

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

About Women's Auxiliary of the Hospital for Sick Children:

Founded in 1950, Women’s Auxiliary of the Hospital for Sick Children, or Women’s Auxiliary Volunteers (WAV) aims to provide another dimension of care for patients and their families at SickKids. WAV also raises funds to support the clinical, research and learning endeavours of SickKids. The charity currently has 220 volunteers that support its programs, the largest of which are the WAV PlayPark and Patient Amenities 

The WAV PlayPark (92% of program spending in F2019) is a safe and happy place for siblings of patients and children visiting clinics to play during visits to the hospital. The park aims to make hospital visits easier for families by providing siblings of patients, and children visiting clinics a play area staffed by Registered Early Childhood Educators and volunteers.  

WAV’s Bravery Bead program (2% of program spending in F2019) allows children to collect a different bead for each procedure or event while visiting the hospital for treatment. The goal of the program is to make a necklace with beads that represent the child’s journey, which is something they can be proud of. 

WAV raises over half of its funds through the 5Fifty5 Shop, which had net revenues of $607k in F2019. The 5Fifty5 Shop is operated by the volunteers of WAV, who sell books, toys, gifts and SickKids logo items to hospital visitors and patients.   

The charity reports that the remaining 6% of program spending is allocated to General Projects at SickKids hospital. 

Financial Review:

Women’s Auxiliary of the Hospital for Sick Children is a small charity, receiving $346k in F2019. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues, excluding investment income. WAV did not report any fundraising costs. WAV has funding reserves of $823k, which cover 95% of annual grants.  

This report is an update that was sent to WAV for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on June 6, 2019 by Caroline McKenna. 

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending January
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.8%5.4%5.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 94.6%90.0%343.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 346,253201,58762,732
Fees for service 3,8103,2303,525
Business activities (net) 606,897576,323421,846
Investment income 3,989033,483
Other income 12,80410,32011,290
Total revenues 973,753791,460532,876
Grants 870,642834,277247,253
Administrative costs 36,83342,99226,188
Other costs 3,7402581,536
Cash flow from operations 62,538(86,067)257,899
Funding reserves 823,460750,703849,607
Note: Ci did not include endowment fund disbursements in grants. Ci reported Foundation Fees in administrative costs, increasing total expenses by $17k in F2019, $16k in F2018, and $3k in F2017.