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The Portage Foundation

865 Square Richmond
Montreal, QC H3J 1V8
Executive Director: Peter Vamos
President: Peter A. Howlett

Charitable Reg. #: 12915 1072 RR0001
Sector: Fundraising Organization
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 upon request [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #9

Avg. Compensation $65,834

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 6
< $40k 1
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About The Portage Foundation:

Portage Foundation, founded in 1973, fundraises to support Portage addiction rehab centres in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario. Its mission is to provide cost-efficient drug rehab therapy to youth, young mothers, adults, and men with mental illness. Portage helps people suffering with addiction to live lives of sobriety filled with dignity, self-respect, and accomplishments. Portage Foundation organizes fundraising events and connects with donors and corporations to raise money that, it says, helps thousands of people turn their lives around.

Portage Foundation supports its Portage operations. In F2017, Portage Foundation granted $3.4 million: over half of this money was raised in Quebec and funded its Quebec-based programs. Portage’s youth rehab centre in New Brunswick received $1.1 million (34%) and the youth rehab centre in Ontario received $492k (15%). All its youth rehab programs include on-site schooling to help youth succeed in school.

In Quebec, Portage Foundation funds youth rehab programs in the Montreal and Quebec City region for teenagers, mothers, adults, and men suffering from mental illness (primarily schizophrenia). Recently Portage has been helping youth from First Nations and Inuit communities with addiction recovery. In New Brunswick, Portage’s rehab centre helps youth from across Atlantic Canada aged 14-21.

In Ontario, Portage supports a 40-bed youth rehab centre in Elora. Most of the treatment beds are for youth diversion and youth in foster care with Children’s Aid. Donations to Portage Foundation pay for rehab if families cannot afford it. This supports about 3-4 youth each year. Portage management reports that in F2016, 99 youth attended Portage treatment. 83% of these clients returned to school following treatment completion.

Portage’s drug program takes a 6-month residential therapeutic, community approach. Through a longitudinal study from 2003-2008 involving 122 youth, 85% reported a decrease in drug use 18 months after completing the program. Recent success rates in sobriety, a common metric for addiction rehab centres, were not found in published reports.

This charity report and analysis is generously funded by the E.W. Bickle Foundation to share with other Canadian donors interested in helping youth in Ontario.

Financial Review:

With annual donations and special events raising $2.8m in F2017, Portage Foundation is a medium-sized charity. Its fundraising and administrative costs are 33%. For every dollar donated, 67 cents goes to the cause, within Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range. Portage Foundation granted $3.4m in F2017 that may include a large distribution for the renovation and expansion of the New Brunswick youth centre. As such, funding reserves dropped to $4.4m that cover 1.3 years of annual grants. This shows a need for donations.

Portage Foundation’s audited financial statements are in French. Charity Intelligence may have made material errors in its analysis. This new report is being reviewed by Portage Foundation. Changes, comments, and edits may be forthcoming.

Analysis by Kate Bahen, November 13, 2017.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 33.1%34.6%32.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 130.1%239.2%217.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,161924965
Goods in kind 196206194
Business activities (net) 1,2041,2031,072
Special events 1,6481,7951,852
Investment income 1,137(206)524
Other income 83116
Total revenues 5,3543,9524,623
Program costs 000
Grants 3,3912,3032,320
Fundraising & administrative costs 1,3951,4391,330
Other costs 667889
Cash flow from operations 502132884
Funding reserves 4,4115,5075,050
Note: To report donations on a consistent basis, Charity Intelligence removes the amortization of donations received in previous years from the current year's donations: in F2017 ($469k) and in F2016 ($209k).

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