Charity Lotteries in Canada
An examination of 30 mega lotteries
Greg Thomson and Ernie Cheng, November 2013
Did you know...
- Of the 30 major charity lotteries examined, on average, 27% of each dollar of ticket revenue is retained for funding charity programs.
- In comparison, 72% of other fundraising revenues went towards charity programs.
- Most charity lottery prizes are not donated but purchased by the charities.
- In 2011, provincial governments licensed 16,962 charity lotteries. The 30 charities examined in this report account for roughly 50% of the total $750 million in charity lottery ticket sales.
What funders can do:
- Recognize that the purchase of lottery tickets should be viewed primarily as entertainment, not as a donation.
- Ask charities about the costs associated with their lotteries to make an informed choice.
Charities included in this report:
- Alberta Cancer Foundation
- BC Children's Hospital Foundation
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Edmonton
- Calgary Health Trust
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (NL)
- Canadian Red Cross
- Children's Wish Foundation
- Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
- Fondation Maurice Tanguay
- Grey Nuns of Edmonton Hospital Foundation
- Health Care Foundation of St. John's
- Health Sciences Centre Foundation
- Heart & Stroke Foundation
- Hospitals of Regina Foundation
- Kinsmen Care Foundation / Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
- London Health Sciences Foundation
- Ottawa Hospital Foundation
- Peace Arch Hospital Foundation
- Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
- QE II Health Sciences Centre Foundation
- Red Deer Regional Health Foundation
- Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation
- SickKids Foundation
- University Hospital Foundation
- Variety - The Children's Charity
- VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
- Volunteer Enterprises of the Health Sciences Centre