Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health

1145 Carling Ave.
Ottawa, ON K1Z 7K4
President & CEO: Cynthia Little
Board Chair: Gord Cudney

Charitable Reg. #:11912 9179 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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) 62 cents are available for programs.

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About Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health:

Founded in 1979, Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health raises funds to improve mental health patient care and research at Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (The Royal). The Royal is a mental health care, advocacy, research, and education organization. Its locations include Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Brockville Mental Health Centre, and Four Operational Stress Injury Clinic. The Royal also includes Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR). IMHR focuses on research and is affiliated with the University of Ottawa. In F2021, the foundation granted to Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research. The foundation does not have its own website. The following report uses The Royal's website and annual report along with IMHR’s annual report.
The Royal received 70% of the foundation's grants in F2021. The Royal's mental health care centers had 29,661 virtual and 11,641 in-person appointments in F2021. A total of 13,352 online and 1,186 in-person patients received medical treatment in F2021. The Royal also had 15 clinical programs focusing on subjects such as community mental health and substance use disorders.
University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research received the remaining 30% of grants in F2021. The institute specializes in researching treatment-resistant mental illness and alternative treatment options. The research facilities include a brain imaging center and a sleep research lab. The institute supported 117 research projects for 77 researchers, 35 visiting scientists, 62 trainees, and 90 research support staff in F2019.

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Results and Impact

Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research had 178 publications in F2019. This included research that can help reduce suicides. A study used artificial intelligence algorithms on social media to identify 89% of people beginning to express explicit suicidal ideas. Other research includes discoveries of biomarkers that can indicate women who are at risk of developing postpartum depression.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health has donations and special event revenues of $6.2m in F2021. The charity received $315k in government funding, representing 3% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 26% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 12% of donations and special events. This results in total overhead spending of 38%. For every dollar donated, 62 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health has $20.1m in funding reserves, of which $131k is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover 582% or around 5 years and 10 months of annual program costs with current reserves.

In F2020 the charity paid external fundraisers $11k to collect $8k in donations. Meaning it costs Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health $1.39 to raise $1 using external fundraisers.  

This charity report has been sent to Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Created on July 21, 2021 by Brenleigh Jebb.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 25.5%20.7%22.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.4%16.6%17.8%
Total overhead spending 37.9%37.4%40.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 581.5%431.2%315.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,3995,1303,958
Government funding 31500
Special events 7921,4531,233
Investment income 3,208(361)783
Total revenues 9,7156,2225,974
Grants 3,4433,7075,521
Administrative costs 1,6571,3651,155
Fundraising costs 7701,094924
Total spending 5,8706,1667,600
Cash flow from operations 3,84456(1,626)
Capital spending 1327146
Funding reserves 20,11516,08817,526

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 16

Avg. compensation: $104,238

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 F2020

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