Canadian Digestive Health Foundation

2525 Old Bronte Road, Suite #455
Oakville, ON L6M 4J2
Executive Director: Catherine Mulvale
Board Chair: Dr. Derek McKay

Charitable Reg. #: 88996 8269 RR0001
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: C

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

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #7

Avg. Compensation $41,832

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 1
< $40k 4
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Canadian Digestive Health Foundation:

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF) is formally known as the Foundation of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology and works to improve the quality of life for people living with digestive disorders. The charity works directly with doctors and medical researchers to advance scientific knowledge on digestive disorders. CDHF also helps the over 20 million Canadians with digestive disorders by giving accessible, expert information about digestive health.

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation changed its research focus in 2015 when it implemented OneBiota, the Human Gut Microbiota Project. CDHF started this project because it believes that understanding the human gut microbiota will help with predicting, preventing, diagnosing and treating digestive diseases.

As part of its research funding activities, Canadian Digestive Health Foundation has three major awards. The Community Research Enrichment Grant, which can be up to $40k over two years, goes to community-based doctors conducting research in digestive sciences. The Clinical Professional Enrichment Grant, which can be up to $40k over one year, goes to doctors conducting clinical research so that they can pursue opportunities that improve their educational and professional skills. The Dr. Ivan Beck Memorial Studentship award is CDHF’s third major award. CDHF also offers operating grants to researchers whose studies focus on improving patient care.

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation also runs education programs to increase public awareness of digestive health issues and help people with digestive disorders access the information they need to handle their condition. The CDHF website offers 32 recorded webinars and 41 education guides for Canadians, and the charity reports that its web traffic currently exceeds 1 million hits a month.

Financial Review:

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation is a micro-cap charity with cash donations of $86k in F2015. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues and fundraising costs are 10% of cash donations. $0.14 of every donated dollar goes to overhead costs, which falls well within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. CDHF’s fundraising cost ratio in F2015 dropped from previous years due significantly lower reported fundraising costs.

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation holds funding reserves of $607k, which can cover annual program and granting costs for 1.3 years.

Ci included contributed materials and services from industry partners in donated goods in kind. These amounts are also included in program costs to provide a more accurate representation of operating cash flows. Ci excluded contributed materials and services from program costs when calculating CDHF’s program cost coverage.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Canadian Digestive Health Foundation. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 23, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.6%1.9%1.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.7%11.2%11.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 132.9%195.3%147.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 86,052262,893390,895
Goods in kind 378,8491,383,3561,507,600
Fees for service 372,851400,629409,891
Investment income 4,5509,50711,410
Other income 92,994128,7320
Total revenues 935,2962,185,1172,319,796
Program costs 824,4101,739,1131,812,466
Grants 11,66728,00082,500
Administrative costs 42,37841,86342,323
Fundraising costs 8,36029,31445,822
Other costs 2,9843,4974,721
Cash flow from operations 45,497343,330331,965
Funding reserves 607,406749,526572,132
Note: Ci adjusted for deferred revenues, affecting donations by ($153k) in F2015, $167k in F2014 and $126k in F2013. The adjustment included only those revenues Ci believes to be related to donations. Ci recognized GST/HST rebate as a reduction in operating expenses. This decreased total revenue and expenses by $43k in F2013. Ci backed this amount out of program, administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis. Contributed materials and services from industry partners increased total revenues and expenses by $379k in F2015, $1.4m in F2014 and $1.5m in F2013. Other revenue consists of special events, royalties and projects and advertising income.

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