6299 South St
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
President: Deep Saini
Board Chair: Robert Hanf

Charitable Reg. #:88680 6561 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 88 cents are available for programs.

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About Dalhousie University:

Dalhousie University is a good, 4-star charity and one of Canada's largest charities. As with most large universities, the charity has an above average results reporting grade and is financially transparent. 

Founded in 1818, Dalhousie University is a public university in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dalhousie has 13 faculties and over 200 different degree programs. It has over 90 exchange programs in more than 43 different countries, and over 400 student clubs and societies. The university has residence spaces which can house 2,660 students. Dalhousie’s main charitable programs are education, research, and renovations. It did not disclose a spending breakdown of its programs on its website.

In December of 2021, Dalhousie had 21,929 enrolled students. This included 16,884 undergraduate students, 4,261 graduate students, 129 technology students, and 655 students in post graduate residency. Dalhousie reports that 14% of its students are from Nova Scotia, 62% are from the rest of Canada, and 24% are international students. The university has students from over 115 different countries.

In 2021, Dalhousie reported that 92% of its 1,118 professors had a PhD or doctorate degree. Currently, the university is home to 56 research chairs. From 2018 to 2020, Dalhousie’s research program released 9,943 publications. Since 2005, its research program has had 4 Killam prize recipients, and has launched over 250 startup companies.

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Results and Impact

According to the 2022 QS World University Rankings, Dalhousie University is the 12th best overall university in Canada. In 2022, the Times Higher Education also ranked it as the 12th best university in Canada. In F2021, The university issued 27 patents as part of its Building Bonds with Industry research program. From F2018 to F2020, its research programs had 78,547 citations.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Dalhousie University’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Dalhousie University is a Major 100 charity, One of Canada’s largest charities in terms of donations. In F2021 it received $50.8m in Canadian donations. Dalhousie also received $363.2m in government funding (39% of total revenue) and $251.9m in fees for service (27% of total revenue). The university earned $189.7m in investment income (20% of total revenue), which is a 25% annual return. Its average annual investment return since F2019 is 13%. Alternative assets represent 27% of Dalhousie’s investment portfolio.

Administrative costs are 5% of total revenue excluding investment income. Fundraising costs are 7% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 12%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 88 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Dalhousie has $1.0 billion in net funding reserves, which includes $1.2 billion in liquid assets less $161.2m in interest bearing-debts. Its net funding reserves include $667.8m in donor-endowed funds. Dalhousie’s net funding reserves, excluding donor-endowed funds, can cover annual program costs for around 8 months.

Charity Intelligence has sent this profile update to Dalhousie University for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 9th, 2022, by Arjun Kapur.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.5%5.6%5.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.8%6.7%6.0%
Total overhead spending 12.3%12.3%11.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 62.9%53.0%39.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 50,81850,58358,309
Government funding 363,214342,213331,616
Fees for service 251,902239,640223,919
Business activities (net) 11,12141,02639,913
Investment income 189,66420,21079,173
Other income 61,88072,87783,347
Total revenues 928,599766,549816,277
Program costs - International 2,0143,8062,753
Program costs - Canada 609,155634,100625,015
Administrative costs 40,25341,56039,555
Fundraising costs 3,4713,3813,493
Total spending 654,893682,847670,816
Cash flow from operations 273,70683,702145,461
Capital spending 57,44555,66267,093
Funding reserves 1,041,166806,819754,837

Note: Ci reported business activity revenue net of expenses, affecting both revenues and expenses by ($2.3m) in F2021, ($8.8m) in F2020, and ($8.3m) in F2019. Ci reports direct endowment contributions as donations, affecting revenues by $9.9m in F2021, $5.8m in F2020, and $10.8m in F2019. Investment gains related to the endowment fund is included within investment income affecting revenues by $153.4m in F2021, ($11.5m) in F2020, and $47.9m in F2019. Ci removed amortization of deferred capital contributions from revenue and added deferred capital contributions to revenue. This affected total revenue by $5.2m in F2021, ($220k) in F2020, and $5.8m in F2019.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 3,962

Avg. compensation: $103,325

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 F2021

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