Easter Seals British Columbia/Yukon

3981 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 4H5
President & CEO: Lisa Beck
Board Chair: Kirk Duff

Charitable Reg. #:11921 7248 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 21 cents are available for programs.

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About Easter Seals British Columbia/Yukon:

Founded in 1947, Easter Seals British Columbia and Yukon (Easter Seals BC/Yukon) is a service of the British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities. Its mission is to inspire communities across BC and Yukon to support people with disabilities. Easter Seals BC/Yukon reports that in British Columbia, around 926,100 adults aged 15 to 64 have a disability that limits their independence and quality of life. The charity provides summer camps for children and housing for family members of patients at nearby hospitals. The charity’s head office is in Vancouver.

The charity’s main program is Easter Seals Camps, representing 53% of program costs in F2019. This program offers outdoor, overnight camps for children and young adults with physical or developmental disabilities. Easter Seals BC/Yukon owns three camp locations: Camp Shawnigan on Vancouver Island, Camp Squamish north of Vancouver, and Camp Winfield in the Okanagan Valley. However, it only operated Camp Winfield in 2018. Camp activities include arts and crafts, rock climbing, swimming, canoeing, and other sports. In 2018, the charity reported that 240 campers attended Camp Winfield.

Easter Seals BC/Yukon also operates the Easter Seals House, which made up 44% of program costs in F2019. The Easter Seals House provides out-of-town families with affordable housing while their children receive medical treatment in Vancouver. The Easter Seals House is open 365 days a year, offering 49 individual rooms outfitted with private bathrooms and kitchenettes. In 2018, the charity reports that patients and families stayed at the Easter Seals House 14,314 times.

Program Development costs were the remaining 3% of program spending in F2019. Easter Seals BC/Yukon and British Columbia Lions Society do not specify what this spending went toward.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Easter Seals BC/Yukon a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

In 2018, the charity reported that it provided 31,154 bed nights at the Easter Seals House. A bed night is defined as the occupancy of one person for a single night. This is up from 30,161 bed nights provided in 2017 and 30,242 in 2016.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Easter Seals BC/Yukon's results.

Impact Rating: Low

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Easter Seals BC/Yukon is a medium-sized charity, with donations and special events revenue of $1.6m in F2019. Easter Seals BC/Yukon received $1.4m in fees for services related to its camp programs and Easter Seals House. It also received $255k in government funding in F2019, representing 7% of revenues.

Administrative costs are 12% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 66% of donations. This means that total overhead spending is 79%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 21 cents go to the cause. This falls well outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Easter Seals BC/Yukon has been outside of this range for the past three years.

Easter Seals BC and Yukon’s net funding reserves are shown as negative because its interest-bearing debt of ($2.5m) exceeds its liquid assets of $1.5m, of which $427k is donor-endowed. When excluding debts and donor-endowed funds, the charity's gross funding reserves can cover 51% or 6 months of annual program costs. In 1991, Easter Seals BC and Yukon established a foundation. This foundation has no assets or programs. As such, it is not consolidated with this report.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Easter Seals BC/Yukon and British Columbia Lions Society for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 15, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.4%11.8%18.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 66.4%39.6%67.5%
Total overhead spending 78.7%51.4%85.7%
Program cost coverage (%) (67.4%)(60.3%)(59.2%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 918,6271,632,903782,625
Goods in kind 301,579246,890345,323
Government funding 255,00095,0000
Fees for service 1,437,1641,343,9351,749,871
Lotteries (net) 3,9263,68140,599
Special events 634,519504,315740,267
Investment income 84,114100,06867,569
Total revenues 3,634,9293,926,7923,726,254
Program costs 2,106,3941,861,0303,102,544
Administrative costs 438,947451,271667,539
Fundraising costs 1,030,791845,8311,027,356
Other costs 96,466106,552107,141
Total spending 3,672,6003,264,6844,904,580
Cash flow from operations (37,669)662,108(1,178,326)
Capital spending 207,672127,700321,022
Funding reserves (979,126)(685,147)(1,404,645)

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred contributions in donations, affecting total revenues by ($253k) in F2019, $230k in F2018, and ($32k) in F2017. Ci removed amortization of deferred capital contributions, affecting total revenues by ($152k) in F2019, ($197k) in F2018, and ($194k) in F2017. Ci reported lottery revenue net of expenses, affecting total revenues and expenses by ($nil) in F2019, ($1k) in F2018, and ($125k) in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 12

Avg. Compensation: $71,660

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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