Canadian Lung Association

1750 Courtwood Crescent, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON K2C 2B5
President & CEO: Debra Lynkowski
Board Chair: Dean Karakasis

Charitable Reg. #: 10686 2998 RR0001
Sector: Health
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

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

Full-time staff #16

Avg. Compensation $93,097

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Canadian Lung Association:

Founded in 1900, the Canadian Lung Association (CLA)  is a federated charity consisting of a national office and 10 provincial associations that work   to improve lung health in Canada. The national office and each provincial association are separately registered charities – this profile is a report for the national office. CLA reports that one in five Canadians live with lung disease. To help these people, the charity runs four core programs: Health Care Professional services, the Canadian Respiratory Conference, Consumer Health Information and Research. There are two medical societies controlled by the Canadian Lung Association – the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) and the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals (CRHP). These societies help run CLA’s research programs, Canadian Respiratory Conference and Health Care Professional services.

Research funding made up the majority of Canadian Lung Association’s programming in F2015, accounting for 29% of program costs. CLA runs three research programs: the Kayla Baker Research Award, the National Respiratory Research Strategy and the Canadian Respiratory Research Network. CLA distributed $460k in F2015 (8 grants, 7 fellowships and 3 studentships). In February 2014, CLA launched the Canadian Respiratory Research Network. With this network, CLA brings researchers from multiple disciplines together to improve treatments and further scientific understanding of asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). In F2015, $217k of CLA’s total grants went to the Canadian Respiratory Research Network.

The Canadian Respiratory Conference made up 25% of program costs in F2015. Together, the Canadian Lung Association, CTS and CRHP run this annual event. Doctors, scientists and educators in the respiratory field meet to discuss major research breakthroughs and translate these findings into improved disease management and treatment options for patients. The 2015 conference included 32 presentations that discussed research from 58 studies.

Canadian Lung Association’s Consumer Health Information (CHI) program made up 12% of program costs in F2015. CLA runs a Lung Health Information line where people affected by lung disease speak with certified respiratory educators. The helpline assisted over 4,000 people in F2015. The CHI program also includes local patient support groups and the Lung Health section of CLA’s website where people can access information on lung diseases, disease prevention and lung health.

Health Care Professionals spending made up 26% of program costs in F2015, while the remaining 7% of program costs related to programs such as advocacy and international activities.

Financial Review:

Canadian Lung Association is a big-cap charity with donations of $2.3m in F2015. Administrative costs are 17% of revenues and fundraising costs are 34% of donations. $0.51 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls above Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Fundraising costs in F2014 and F2015 rose significantly from F2013 due to CLA’s Breathing As One capital campaign. Through this fundraising initiative, CLA aims to raise $10m by F2018 for the National Respiratory Research Strategy, which focuses on advancing research to discover cures and reduce the risks of lung diseases, and improve the quality of life for lung disease patients.

CLA’s funding reserves of $2.8m can cover annual program costs and granting activities for 1.1 years.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by the Canadian Lung Association. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 23, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.9%18.0%14.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 34.0%32.7%5.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 110.1%156.4%159.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,312,7972,211,4662,558,939
Fees for service 488,729342,591370,448
Investment income 136,42888,569158,350
Other income 90,56280,86283,449
Total revenues 3,028,5162,723,4883,171,186
Program costs - International 19,09857,30660,685
Program costs - Canada 2,054,9191,850,3952,304,854
Grants 459,534573,843422,396
Administrative costs 489,096473,756433,603
Fundraising costs 786,972722,132141,448
Cash flow from operations (781,103)(953,944)(191,800)
Funding reserves 2,789,6043,881,3544,438,977
Note: Ci recognized collections from long-term receivables in other revenue, increasing total revenues by $57k in F2015, $57k in F2014 and $57k in F2013. Donations include sponsorships, program and project contract contributions, campaign donations and provincial assessments. Fees for services includes accreditation income, conference registration income and membership income. Other revenue includes sale of materials and endorsements. Ci included advertising and promotion expenses in fundraising costs. Ci backed out amortization on a pro-rata basis from program, administrative and fundraising costs.

Comments added by the Charity:

For over 100 years, The Canadian Lung Association has been dedicated to its mission of promoting and improving lung health for all Canadians. The Canadian Lung Association is a non-profit and volunteer-based health charity that depends on donations from the public to support lung health research, education, prevention and advocacy. The charity’s activities touch on a variety of lung-related health issues including tobacco cessation, lung cancer, sleep apnea and chronic diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as infectious diseases like TB, flu and pneumonia. The charity estimates that 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from breathing difficulties.


The Canadian Lung Association is a federation of ten provincial Lung Associations and a national office, which are all separately incorporated. The national office delivers high-quality online lung health information, leads national advocacy efforts and manages a national research program. In partnership with our medical sections, the Canadian Thoracic Society and the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals, The Lung Association developed a national campaign to bolster and elevate respiratory research in Canada. The Breathing As One campaign aims to raise $10 million over the next five years to enable our research strategy.


In addition, the provincial Lung Associations are responsible for direct fundraising, programs and services. The national office funds research and, through its two medical professional societies – The Canadian Thoracic Society and the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals – provides educational and training opportunities for doctors and health professionals to increase their knowledge and skills in treating lung diseases. The Canadian Thoracic Society also produces clinical practice guidelines so that health professionals can provide optimal treatment and care to Canadians with respiratory disease.

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