Alzheimer Society of Toronto

20 Eglinton Avenue West, 16th Floor
Toronto, ON M4R 1K8
CEO: Scott Russell
Board Chair: Mary Jane Dykeman

Charitable Reg. #:10670 5262 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 43 cents are available for programs.

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About Alzheimer Society of Toronto:

Founded in 1984, Alzheimer Society of Toronto (AST) is one of Alzheimer Society of Ontario’s member chapters. AST’s mission is to alleviate personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and to promote research. To achieve this mission, AST offers support, information and education to people with dementia as well as families and caregivers; increases public awareness of dementia; promotes research; and advocates for services that respect the dignity of people with dementia. 

Dementia is the umbrella term for a group of chronic diseases affecting the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. 564,000 Canadians are currently living with dementia and this number is expected to grow by 66% in the next 15 years. The charity estimates a total cost of $10.4 billion a year to care for those with dementia in Canada. 

Alzheimer Society of Toronto offers many resources to people with dementia. In F2019, AST’s Active Living program ran 231 sessions to help enhance social inclusion and physical well-being for people with dementia. First Link is a resource offered by AST that connects people affected by dementia to provide support, information, and resources in their communities. In F2019, First Link helped more than 900 individuals navigate the health care system, connected more than 3,700 people with dementia and their caregivers to services, and provided financial support which helped mitigate support service costs for 725 caregivers.  

Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s education programs, led by social workers, offer in-person and online workshops to teach and train people with dementia, families and caregivers, and healthcare providers. In F2019, AST delivered 676 workshops to 6,521 people, including 1,579 healthcare providers.  

AST’s public awareness programs focus on building dementia-friendly communities where people with dementia are understood and supported to remain engaged within their community. In F2019, AST trained 637 people through 36 sessions to help organizations’ staff engage people with dementia and their caregivers 

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Results and Impact

Across Ontario, First Link has been evaluated for impact. 83.9% of people with dementia and 85.2% of caregivers said that they felt better able to ask or advocate for help with their needs. 84.8% of people with dementia and 85.3% of caregivers said that they were connected to supports/services at the time of their need. 74.5% of people with dementia said that the supports and services from the Alzheimer Society have led them to feeling less overwhelmed by the diagnosis. 73% of caregivers said that they felt more confident in their abilities. 

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Alzheimer Society of Toronto is a medium-sized charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $3.9m in F2019. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 49% of donations and special events (excluding amounts received from Alzheimer Society of Ontario). For every dollar donated, 43 cents go towards the charity’s programs and grants, which is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s funding reserves of $2.9m can cover 74% of annual programs costs and grants. 

This charity report is an update that was sent to Alzheimer Society of Toronto for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on July 29, 2019 by Caroline McKenna. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.3%10.4%3.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 48.6%47.0%48.7%
Total overhead spending 53.8%53.9%48.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 74.0%83.8%77.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,2932,6452,480
Government funding 2,0571,5621,334
Fees for service 6243417
Special events 1,6401,4681,495
Investment income 442223
Total revenues 6,0975,7405,749
Program costs 3,8963,7724,007
Grants 536850
Administrative costs 500596177
Fundraising costs 1,7901,7901,790
Total spending 6,2396,2256,024
Cash flow from operations (142)(485)(275)
Capital spending 6013229
Funding reserves 2,9243,2173,149

Note: Ci backed out amortization of capital assets from administrative costs. To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for changes in deferred capital contributions in donations, decreasing revenues by $10k in F2019, $15k in F2018, and $15k in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 45

Avg. Compensation: $63,041

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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