Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada

2 Lansing Square, Suite 804
Toronto, ON M2J 4P8
President: Alicia Talarico
Board Chair: Ted Moroz

Website: www.llscanada.org
Charitable Reg. #: 10762 3654 RR0001
Sector: Health - Cancer
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

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

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #63

Avg. Compensation $79,517

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 1
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 2
$120k - $160k 3
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada:

Founded in 1955, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) works to find cures for blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. To achieve its mission, LLSC has three main programs: research, public education, and patient support. LLSC reports that 138,100 Canadians have blood cancer and with over 137 types of blood cancers and related disorders, they struggle to navigate through their cancer journey. In F2017, research was 56% of program costs, public education was 28%, and patient support was 16%. LLSC does not charge patients, caregivers, or doctors for using its programs or materials.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s research programs financially supported 41 research projects, 28 of which were new projects in F2017. These projects investigate ways to prevent, detect, and treat blood cancers and related pre-malignant conditions. One of its grant programs focuses on novel ideas with high potential to drastically improve diagnosis or treatment – ten winners were awarded in this program in 2017.  

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s education program teaches the public and healthcare professionals about the different types of blood cancers and the challenges faced by people affected by them. LLSC posts an educational video library, webcasts, and free information booklets on its website. It also holds information sessions, health exhibits, professional conferences, and health education training sessions.

The First Connection Program is one of LLSC’s patient services programs. First Connection connects patients at any stage of diagnosis with a volunteer who has gone through the same challenges of living with blood cancer—LLSC reports 190 peer-to-peer matches in F2017. The LLSC also runs Family Support Groups that provide patients and their families with a place to share support, knowledge, and feelings in a friendly environment. There are currently 15 groups stationed across Canada. LLSC also held 40 patient education sessions in F2017 for patients, their families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Another program offers one-to-one information specialists to assist cancer patients through their treatment and provide advice on financial and social challenges.

Financial Review:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada is a large charity with total donations of $17.4m in F2017. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 23% of donations. For every dollar donated, 67 cents goes to the cause, up from 54 cents in F2016. LLSC now falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity’s funding reserves of $5.1m include $650k in donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can only cover 61% of annual program costs and grants, showing a need for funding.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 15, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
201720162015
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.1%13.6%10.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 22.7%32.4%31.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 69.4%110.2%94.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201720162015
Donations 17,36612,47713,293
Investment income 35456265
Other income 42023
Total revenues 17,72412,55313,582
Program costs 3,5273,6554,809
Grants 3,8532,7932,493
Administrative costs 1,7461,6991,327
Fundraising costs 3,9424,0414,192
Cash flow from operations 4,656365761
Funding reserves 5,1187,1066,875
Note: The audited financial statements report direct research expenses and allocated research expenses. Direct research expenses are reported as grants and allocated research expenses are included in program costs. The audited financial statements include direct event fundraising costs as a reduction in revenue. Ci has made adjustments to include this cost in fundraising expenses. As a result, both revenues and expenses increased by $845k in F2017, $788k in F2016, and $949k in F2015. The audited financial statements report net realized gain on sale of investments as a non-cash item. Ci adjusted remove this figure from investment income, decreasing revenue by $678k in F2017, $217 in F2016, and $14k in F2015. Ci removed this amortization on a pro-rata basis from program, administrative and fundraising costs. Ci did not report unspent investment income, which the charity includes in its endowment fund, as part of donor-endowed funds.

Comments added by the Charity:

Below are comments added by the charity for a past profile. New comments made by the charity for this updated profile may be forthcoming:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) expanded its mission in 2005 to include patient education, support and programs in addition to the research projects that had been funded since our inception in 1955. This effort, which included the addition of Social Workers and/or Oncology Nurses to support patients to our staff team, has gradually spread out across Canada and continues to grow to this present day.  At the same time, it was decided that LLSC should increase its geographical reach outside of Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto so we could offer support coast-to-coast.  In the last few years, we have added in stages staffed offices in Montreal, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Ottawa, Quebec City and Halifax (as of January, 2011) to meet this mandate.  LLSC has also made a concerted effort to provide all materials and programming in both official languages, which were previously only available in English.  These projects involve large expenditures up front, but were deemed crucial to our ability to properly meet our mission across Canada.  We are proud LLSC is now truly a national organization that can help Canadians coast-to-coast through their journey with blood cancer and also give them hope for a healthy future by funding top-notch research.

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