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Kidney Foundation of Canada

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

Charitable Reg. #: 10756 7398 RR0001
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B+

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 for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #107

Avg. Compensation $72,076

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 2
$160k - $200k 2
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 2
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Kidney Foundation of Canada:

Founded in 1964, Kidney Foundation of Canada’s (KFOC) mission is to enhance kidney health and reduce, or eliminate, the burden of kidney disease. KFOC provides hope, support, empowerment and engagement to people at risk of, or affected by, kidney disease. KFOC funds innovative research, provides education and services to those with kidney disease, promotes access to health care, and increases public awareness of kidney health and organ donations. In F2016, Kidney Foundation of Canada allocated 37% of its program spending to research, 28% to patient services, 25% to public education services and communication, and 10% to organ donations.

Kidney Foundation of Canada distributed 47 research grants in F2016. KFOC’s Can-SOLVE CKD research program funded 18 key projects and its KRESCENT research program funded 20 young researchers during the year. KFOC partners with the Canadian Society of Nephrology and Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute for Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes to run the KRESCENT program (Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training Program). This program funds young kidney disease researchers in Canada to help with salary support, career development, mentorship, and training. Launched in 2016, Can-SOLVE CKD (Canadians Seeking Solutions and Innovations to Overcome Chronic Kidney Disease) is the largest single investment in kidney research in Canadian history. It is a national research network designed to give patients and caregivers a larger role in kidney research projects by connecting researchers, patients, healthcare providers, policy makers, and renal agencies.  

In F2016, KFOC’s peer support program distributed 131,740 educational brochures and 19,103 patient manuals. The charity revised its patient manual in F2016. It is now in two volumes – one volume includes information for people living with reduced kidney function, and the other volume includes information about treatment choices to live well with kidney failure. KFOC also reports that 76,497 people used its online resource in F2016, and 1,178 people were a part of its Kidney Connect program.

Through its public education and communications program spending, KFOC developed three patient story videos about living with kidney disease and launched one new PSA to encourage Canadians to become registered organ donors. Its SeekD program also screened 3,213 people for kidney disease during the year.

Financial Review:

With donations of $27.2m in F2016, 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 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 51% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.39 goes towards its programs, which falls outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. KFOC’s funding reserves of $16.7m include a $4.5m externally-restricted endowment fund. Excluding endowments, the charity’s reserves can cover annual program costs for 1.3 years.

KFOC reports research commitments of $5.9m over the next 5 years ($2.4m in F2017, $1.7m in F2018, $957k in F2019, and $750k in F2020). The charity also reports a 5-year project commitment of $2.9m for the Can SOLVE-CKD initiative.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Kidney Foundation of Canada. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 19, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.  

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.4%11.5%11.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 50.9%53.4%51.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 169.7%166.2%158.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 27,24425,55623,142
Investment income 560706954
Total revenues 27,80526,26224,095
Program costs 9,8379,1619,642
Administrative costs 2,8272,9482,739
Fundraising costs 13,85513,65011,886
Cash flow from operations 1,285502(171)
Funding reserves 16,69415,22915,311
Note: Ci recognized investment income not allocated to operations, increasing revenues by $98k in F2016, $282k in F2015 and $407k in F2014. Ci did not recognize amortization of deferred contributions relating to capital assets, decreasing revenues by $39k in F2016, $43k in F2015 and $37k in F2014 and instead recognized amounts received for capital assets, increasing revenues by $17k in F2015. Ci recognized endowment contributions in donations, increasing revenues by $51k in F2016, $16k in F2015 and $9k in F2014.  Ci did not recognize loss on disposal of capital assets, decreasing expenses by $3k in F2014. Ci backed out amortization of capital assets from program, administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

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