CharityIntelligence Canada

Sunshine Foundation

300 Wellington Street #100
London, ON N6B 2L5
Executive Director: Nancy Sutherland
Board President: Greg King

Charitable Reg. #: 12995 4822 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Wish Granting
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: C

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 available only through official request for information from Canada Revenue Agency [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Low

Full-time staff #17

Avg. Compensation $56,815

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 6
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Sunshine Foundation:

Founded in 1987, The Sunshine Foundation of Canada’s (Sunshine) mission is to “make dreams come true for children living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.” Its vision is that “every Sunshine child lives their dream.” The Sunshine Dreams program provides an individual experience to children, dreamed by a child and fulfilled by its DreamTeam. The Sunshine DreamLift program brings groups of 70 to 80 Sunshine Children to a Disney theme park and back home, in one day. Since 1987, Sunshine reports that it has fulfilled dreams for over 8,000 children across Canada, and coordinated 60 DreamLifts.

In F2014, Sunshine fulfilled 154 individual dreams and organized 3 DreamLifts for 220 Sunshine DreamLift kids. Using the F2014 total expenses, the average total cost per child was $10,152.

Sunshine continues to expand its expertise by serving more medically-fragile children with more complex health care needs. Further, children from remote northern communities participated in a Sunshine DreamLift for the first time in Sunshine’s history. Sunshine also reports that its volunteers speak English, French, Cree, Inuktuit, American Sign Language and French Sign Language.

Financial Review:

The Sunshine Foundation of Canada is a medium-sized charity, with donations and special events revenues of $2.7m in F2015. Its administrative costs are 15% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 39% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 46 cents is put towards its programs, falling well outside of Ci’s reasonable range. Sunshine’s funding reserves of $3.4m includes $2.7m in donor-endowed funds. This results in a program cost coverage ratio, excluding donor-endowed funds, of 43%. This means that it can cover 5 months of its annual programs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Sunshine. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 8, 2016 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.4%15.3%16.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 38.7%41.9%41.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 185.9%166.7%269.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,565,4852,550,9052,444,429
Special events 168,315150,747158,499
Investment income 54,719494,801230,042
Total revenues 2,788,5193,196,4532,832,970
Program costs 1,831,6462,252,6451,629,243
Administrative costs 421,542413,380418,069
Fundraising costs 1,057,4821,130,8471,073,899
Cash flow from operations (522,151)(600,419)(288,241)
Funding reserves 3,404,4673,755,7304,397,526
Note: Ci has adjusted amortization of deferred capital contributions and investment management fees affecting revenues by ($115k) in F2015, by ($435k) in F2014, and by ($331k) in F2013. Ci has adjusted investment management fees and amortization of capital assets affecting expenses by ($10k) in F2015, by ($2k) in F2014, and by $3k in F2013.