Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT

308, 14925 - 11 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5M 2P6
CEO: Michele Mulder
Board President: Chris Lane

Charitable Reg. #:12969 0343 RR0001


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Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 29 cents are available for programs.

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About Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT:

Founded in 1988, Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT (ASANT) is one of ten provincial Societies working with Alzheimer Society of CanadaThe charities work together towards a common goal of a world without dementia. Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT currently has one provincial office and seven regional centers across Alberta and Northwest Territories, located in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, and Yellowknife.   

Dementia is the umbrella term for a set 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 Alzheimer Society of Ontario expects this number to grow 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 Alberta & NWT’s mission is to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; help alleviate personal and social consequences of the disease; provide education and support programs; and promote and fund research on the cause, prevention and cure to the disease. The charity’s major programs include support services, information and education, First Link, ASANT Café, Minds in Motion, and research. 

Through its First Link referral program, ASANT helps people newly diagnosed with dementia receive the help they need as quickly as possible. It aims to reduce the length of time between diagnosis and referral to healthcare professionals. In F2018, the charity received 830 referrals from health professionals and 961 self-referrals, resulting in 10,717 client interactions. The program also ran 510 education and awareness presentations and 38 monthly support groups. ASANT Café is an online learning platform for people with dementia and their caregivers that offers support, discussion boards and educational resources. It is designed to help connect with people in locations where the charity’s support groups and resources are not easily accessible or available. In F2018, the was accessed an average of 600 times per month and membership has grown by 27%. Minds in Motion is a community-based program that encourages physical activity and mental stimulation for people with early signs of dementia. In F2018the charity delivered 7 sessions with a total of 79 participants. 

Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT funds research through two major programs: the Alberta Alzheimer Research Program (AARP) and the Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP). ASANT co-funds AARP with the Alberta Prion Research Institute and Alberta Innovates. In F2018, ASANT funded five projects through this program. ASRP is controlled by Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC). ASANT contributes to this program by granting money to ASC to be used for research assessments. The most recent F2018 ASRP impact report states that 24 projects were funded in F2018. 

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Results and Impact

ASANT’s First Link Dementia Early Intervention Project was evaluated by the charity itself in 2016. Almost all respondents (99%, n=38) agreed that they were satisfied with the First Link® referral process (one respondent was neutral), and all respondents agreed they would recommend First Link® to other health/community support professionals. Over 90% of respondents reported increases in knowledge about dementia (96%, n=27), learning new coping skills that reduced stress (96%, n=25), and learning new caregiving skills (caregivers) (96%, n=24). About three quarters (73%, n=16) agreed that they were more at ease in asking for support from family and friends 

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Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT is a medium-sized charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $2.8m in F2018. Administrative costs are 24% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 47% of donations and special events fundraising. For every dollar donated, 29 cents go towards the charity’s programs, which is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Donations received from Alzheimer Society of Canada are reported net of expenses. F2018 research grants of $570k included grants of $150k to the Alberta Alzheimer Research Program (AARP) Round IV. As of F2018, Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT has fulfilled its commitments for Round IV, but reports commitments of $186k for Round V and $183k for Round VI. The charity has also committed $1.0m to fund the Hope for Tomorrow Dementia Research Catalyst Grants Program over a three-year period beginning May 1, 2018, as well as $117k to fund research projects administered by Brain Canada.  

Funding reserves of $5.6m can cover annual program costs and grants for 2.5 years. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on August 2, 2019 by Caroline McKenna.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 23.6%17.7%14.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 47.3%34.6%31.0%
Total overhead spending 70.9%52.4%45.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 247.2%317.6%302.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,129,7492,093,8871,624,754
Government funding 782,196581,884927,176
Special events 1,691,1561,752,5051,846,715
Investment income 93,22166,65613,807
Other income 2,27200
Total revenues 3,698,5944,494,9324,412,452
Program costs 1,700,6351,526,6981,714,474
Grants 570,087474,218341,121
Administrative costs 850,227785,058650,629
Fundraising costs 1,335,1541,332,0381,074,730
Total spending 4,456,1034,118,0123,780,954
Cash flow from operations (757,509)376,920631,498
Capital spending 073,152119,298
Funding reserves 5,613,3476,355,7566,208,722

Note: Ci reported donations from Alzheimer Society of Canada gross of expenses. Ci backed out amortization from administrative costs. Ci included expenses for the Alzheimer’s Face Off Hockey Tournament, increasing both revenues and expenses by $145k in F2018, $128k in F2017, and $81k in F2016.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 24

Avg. Compensation: $62,682

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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