London, ON N6B 2L5
CEO: Nancy Sutherland
Board Chair: Chirag Shah
Charitable Reg. #: 12995 4822 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 #17
Avg. Compensation $72,529
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In 1987, Sunshine Foundation of Canada (Sunshine) was established by a London, Ontario father in memory of his son who passed away from muscular dystrophy. For over 30 years, Sunshine has been working to make dreams come true for children living with severe physical disabilities and life-threatening illnesses. Sunshine grants wishes to kids ages 7-17 in order to help them build independence, confidence, and optimism. Since 1987, Sunshine reports that it has fulfilled dreams for over 8,000 children across Canada and coordinated 60 DreamLifts.
Sunshine Foundation of Canada spends 70% of its program costs on its Sunshine Dreams program. Through this program, the charity’s Dream Team delivers an individual experience dreamed by the child. The experience can include the child’s family, and Dreams can be anything from meeting a hero to going on an international trip. In F2018, Sunshine granted 50 wishes to children and their families.
Sunshine spends the remaining 30% of its program costs on its DreamFlight program. In F2018, Sunshine ran its 63rd DreamFlight and flew 79 children from London, St. Thomas, and Stratford regions to Walt Disney World for the day. The trip included 200 health workers that allowed each child to gain independence from their parents.
Using the F2018 total expenses, the average total cost of a Sunshine dream experience per child was $6,917. Sunshine reports that 63,000 children currently qualify for a Sunshine dream experience.
Sunshine Foundation of Canada is a medium-sized charity, receiving $2.7m in donations and special events fundraising in F2018. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues, excluding investment income. Fundraising costs are 34% of donations and special event fundraising. For every dollar donated, 52 cents go to Sunshine’s programs. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Sunshine’s funding reserves of $4m include $2.6m in donor-endowed funds. This results in a program cost coverage ratio of 174%, meaning the charity can cover program costs for 1.7 years using its existing funding reserves.
This charity report is an update that was sent to Sunshine Foundation of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on June 3, 2019 by Caroline McKenna.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending December
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||12.8%||23.5%||16.9%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||34.1%||45.6%||43.7%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||444.3%||275.1%||168.8%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $s
|Cash flow from operations||478,331||(169,344)||(543,037)|