Kidney Foundation of Canada

310-5160 Decarie Blvd.
Montreal, QC H3X 2H9
Executive Director: Elizabeth Myles
Board President: Sylvie Charbonneau

Charitable Reg. #:10756 7398 RR0001


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Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


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) 42 cents are available for programs.

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About Kidney Foundation of Canada:

Founded in 1964, Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC) works to eliminate the burden of kidney disease for patients and their families. The charity supports patients through funding research, serving patients, increasing public awareness of kidney disease, and advocating for better healthcare. KFOC reports that one in ten Canadians are currently being treated for kidney failure and 3,300 people are waiting for a kidney transplant with a median wait time of 3 years and 10 months.

In F2019, Kidney Foundation of Canada allocated 35% of program spending to research. KFOC’s research granting program funds kidney disease-related research across Canada. KFOC distributed $4.2m in grants in F2019, of which 48% went to 37 biomedical research grants, 21% went to 18 KRESCENT awards, 24% went to partnerships, and 7% went to Allied Health Awards. The KRESCENT program is focused on recruiting and training future leaders in kidney research, and Allied Health Awards encourage students to pursue master’s level education in nephrology (kidney specialization).

In F2019, KFOC allocated 28% of program spending to patient services. KFOC offer patients four services: information and referral, educational materials, short-term financial assistance, and peer support groups. In F2018, the charity gave out $227k in subsidies to 454 children affected by kidney disease allowing them to attend summer camp. It also provided $536k in short-term financial assistance to over 3,900 people and enabled over 2,000 people to access peer-to-peer support through Kidney connect.

In F2019, KFOC allocated 28% of program spending to public education and awareness. In F2019, KFOC gave out 21,000 patient handbooks, 70,000 educational brochures, and had 20,000 participants and volunteers at the charity’s annual Kidney Walk. Lastly, 189,000 people consulted the foundation's community kitchen page, which is a website where people share kidney-friendly recipes.

In F2019, KFOC allocated the remaining 9% of program spending to its Organ Donation program. KFOC reports that 78% of the 4,300 Canadians waiting for an organ donation in 2018 were waiting for a kidney. The Organ Donation program informs people about the prevalence and need for organ donations, specifically kidneys, and encourages people to consider organ donation.

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Results and Impact

In F2019, Kidney Foundation of Canada funded multiple research grants with promising results. Dr. Caroline Lamarche patented a technology that could use t cells – which help regulate immune response – to decrease the possibility of kidney rejection. Dr. Moumita Barua researches Focal and Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a disease characterized by damage to kidney filters that leads to protein in urine and sometimes kidney failure. This is usually treated by prescribing steroids, but this is only effective when inflammation is the result of scarring rather than genetics. Dr. Barua's lab has discovered that about 5% of patients have a genetic mutation in type 4 collagen called Alport Syndrome that contributes to FSGS, and nephrologists can now recognize this mutation in patients to avoid ineffective treatment. Other research results can be found in KFOC’s F2019 annual report.

In F2019, KFOC’s public education and awareness programs reached 64,000 social media followers, 88,000 newsletter subscribers (print & electronic), and 701,000 website users.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Kidney Foundation of Canada’s results and impact.

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With donations of $26.6m in F2019, Kidney Foundation of Canada is a Major 100, meaning it is one of Canada’s 100 largest charities in terms of donations. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 45% of donations. This means overhead costs are 58%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 42 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

KFOC has funding reserves of $22.0m, of which $4.8m is donor-endowed. Excluding endowments, the charity’s reserves can cover annual program costs for roughly 1.5 years.

Kidney Foundation of Canada has not posted its F2020 financial statements and thus Ci has no new information to update the profile with as of August 2021. 

This charity report has been sent to Kidney Foundation of Canada. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 24, 2021 by Rachel Leteta.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.3%12.3%12.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 44.7%44.0%44.3%
Total overhead spending 58.0%56.3%56.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 145.9%152.0%140.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 26,62127,83927,318
Investment income 1,774375882
Total revenues 28,39528,21428,200
Program costs 12,01310,89110,628
Administrative costs 3,5273,4213,344
Fundraising costs 11,90212,24512,113
Total spending 27,44126,55726,085
Cash flow from operations 9541,6572,115
Capital spending 10814127
Funding reserves 21,95520,92319,129

Note: Ci removed fundraising costs from revenues and added it to expenses, increasing revenues and expenses by $11.0m in F2019, $11.4m in F2018, and $11.3m in F2017. Ci recognized investment income not allocated to operations and investment income re-invested in endowment capital, affecting revenues by $766k in F2019, ($308k) in F2018, and $230k in F2017. Ci recognized endowment contributions in donations, increasing revenues by $31k in F2019, $191k in F2018, and $61k in F2017. Ci did not recognize loss on disposal of capital assets as an expense, increasing expenses by $15k in F2018 and $5k in F2017. Ci backed out amortization of capital assets from program, administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 136

Avg. compensation: $61,498

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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