Pickering, ON L1V 1B5
CEO: Chris Kotsopoulos
Board Chair: Brenda Abrams
Charitable Reg. #: 12403 8878 RR0001
Grade: B+The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Impact Rating: Low
Full-time staff #97
Avg. Compensation $69,939
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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About Children's Wish:
Founded in 1984, Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada (Children’s Wish) allows children with life-threatening illnesses to meet one of their idols, take a family trip, or have another unique wish come true. By fulfilling wishes, the charity aims to improve the quality of life for children and families. Since it began, Children’s Wish has granted wishes to more than 25,000 children from across Canada.
Children are referred to the charity, most often by healthcare professionals. Children’s Wish reports that wish referrals increase every year. All applicants approved by the Children’s Wish Medical Advisory Committee have their wishes granted and there is no waiting list.
Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada has not published the exact number of wishes granted in F2017, but the number is estimated to be 1,100 based on past reporting. Based on the estimated wishes, operating cost per wish granted is $21,204.
Children’s Wish is the largest wish-granting charity in Canada. It is roughly 4 times the size of Make-a-Wish Canada in terms of donations and serves more than 2 times the number of children per year.
Results and Impact: Due to the very high cost cost per wish, Charity Intelligence has rated Children's Wish as low impact per dollar donated (see diagram in lower right).
Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada reports that every wish impacts up to 100 people in addition to the child. This includes family, friends, classmates, volunteers, doctors, nurses, and social workers.
In March 2017, Impakt Corp. produced a report for Children’s Wish on the effects of wishes. Impakt collected survey results from 52 parents of children who received wishes. Of those surveyed, 93% (48) agreed the wish was crucial in the child’s healing or treatment and 96% (50) said that the trip served as a distraction from their child's illnesses. Before the trip, 33% (17) rated their child’s happiness level as “low” or “very low”, while 94% (49) rated happiness as “very high” after the trip. All parents agreed that the wish provided long-lasting and positive changes for the family.
Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is a Major 100 charity with $17.9m of revenue from donations and fundraising events. Materials and services donated directly to the charity totaled $2.5m in F2017. Its administrative costs are 16% of revenues and fundraising costs are 34% of donations. For every $1 donated, 51 cents go to Children’s Wish programming, falling below Ci’s reasonable range. Funding reserves are $34.8m including $864k donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could operate programs on funding reserves for 2.4 years.
This charity report is an update that has been sent to Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on May 25, 2018 by Madison Kerr.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending March
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||15.5%||14.7%||15.8%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||33.6%||34.7%||32.3%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||245.2%||200.0%||282.1%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Goods in kind||2,498||2,464||1,873|
|Cash flow from operations||(2,599)||(5,328)||1,179|