Doctors Without Borders
Toronto, ON M5S 2T9
Executive Director: Stephen Cornish
Board President: Wendy Lai
Charitable Reg. #: 13527 5857 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: High
Full-time staff #56
Avg. Compensation $75,325
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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About Doctors Without Borders:
Founded in 1991, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières Canada (MSF) is a disaster response charity with expertise in medical aid that works in 60 countries. MSF provides medical aid to people following natural disasters and wars. MSF’s charter states that it helps people regardless of race, religion or political views.
Doctors Without Borders’ flagship program is international disaster response. It is typically "first in, first out" rather than doing
MSF Canada is one of 18 national MSF offices. Since 2013, Canadian Dr. Joanne Liu is MSF's International President. In F2016, MSF Canada sent 343 medical and logistical professionals on missions in 27 countries. In analyzing the leading reasons for MSF’s intervention, 17 countries faced conflict and violence, 8 countries faced epidemics and diseases, 9 countries lacked access to healthcare, and 1 country suffered a natural disaster.
MSF Canada’s largest projects focused on the ongoing conflict and violence in the Central African Republic ($4.8m in F2016), the conflict and disease outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo ($3.6m in F2016), and the lack of healthcare and violent clashes between Boko Haram and military forces in Chad ($2.6m in F2016). It conducts vaccination campaigns, training doctors
MSF has a reputation
Results and Impact:
Ci's impact analysis shows Doctors Without Borders created high impact per dollar in 2016. The key drivers of this impact came from: vaccinations 44%, medical surgeries 28%, and medical treatments 24%. In 2016, Doctors Without Borders vaccinated more than 4 million people responding to disease outbreaks, reducing disease levels. In 2016, MSF perfomed 92,000 surgeries and supported/assisted in 225,000 surgeries, and assisted in 180,000 births reducing child and maternal mortality. The third driver, medical treatments, reduces death rates in people who are already ill. MSF treated 2.8 million people with transferable diseases and intervened with 290,000 children facing severe acute malnutrition.
Impact returns will vary year-to-year. MSF's response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak was a high water mark in impact. Reports are surfacing on Doctors Without Borders results in the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the heroic work of Canadian doctor Rob Fowler from Sunnybrook Hospital, seconded with the World Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders. First into West Africa in March 2014, using aggressive fluid protocols, Doctors Without Borders reduced the Ebola mortality rate from over 80% to less than 40%, saving tens of thousands of lives and instrumental in ending the Ebola outbreak.
Doctors Without Borders Canada is a Major 100 charity, with donations of $55.8m in F2016. Its administrative costs are 3% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 16% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 81 cents go towards MSF Canada’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has funding reserves of $25.0m, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 45%. This means that it can cover just over 5 months of its annual programs using its existing reserves, indicating a need for funding.
This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Doctors Without Borders. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on August 15, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending December
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||3.1%||2.7%||2.8%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||16.4%||15.1%||17.8%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||45.2%||31.9%||41.6%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Program costs - International||54,104||55,325||47,929|
|Program costs - Canada||1,295||929||906|
|Cash flow from operations||247||7,731||9,093|