Arthritis Society

393 University Avenue, Suite 1700
Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
President & CEO: Janet Yale
Board Chair: Drew McArthur

Charitable Reg. #: 10807 1671 RR0003
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: A-

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

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #136

Avg. Compensation $84,055

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 1
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 3
$120k - $160k 5
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Arthritis Society:

Founded in 1948, Arthritis Society of Canada (ASC) has a mission to provide research, advocacy and education to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis. Arthritis is a term used to describe over 100 conditions of damaged joints, usually due to either inflammation or injury. Arthritis is a chronic condition, affecting people in an ongoing and constant manner. The Society reports that 1 in 5 Canadians (over 6 million people) live with arthritis. Without serious attention to the disease, it is expected that 1 in 4 Canadians will be affected by arthritis within the next 20 years. Currently, there is no cure for arthritis. ASC’s national office is in Toronto.

Arthritis Society of Canada funds research projects (29% of program costs in 2017) that look for better treatments, diagnostic tools and ultimately a cure for arthritis. Arthritis Centres are found in major medical schools across Canada and are one of the ASC’s four major funding recipients. 13 researchers at 10 different Arthritis Centres received funding in 2017. The Society also gives Research Grants, Salary Awards and Training Awards. ASC reports to have committed $4.8 million for arthritis research and the development of researchers in 2017.

ASC runs support and education programs for people affected by arthritis. In 2017, the Society offered roughly 70 educational opportunities, including online courses, workshops and specialist-led forums. ASC reported that more than 2,000 people participated in its workshops on various topics such as exercise, medication and nutrition.

The Society acts as a voice for people affected by arthritis in Canada. It advocates for improved care and income support for people with arthritis by proposing public policy changes to both the Federal and Provincial level governments. The annual Walk for Arthritis takes place in 45 communities across Canada. The 2018 event attracted more than 8,000 people and raised over $1 million to put towards finding a cure for arthritis.

Results and Impact: Arthritis Society of Canada believes that medical cannabis could alleviate the chronic pain of arthritis. Because of its strong advocacy work, ASC was awarded its first ever grant for medical cannabis research in 2017.

Financial Review:

Arthritis Society of Canada is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities, which received donations of $22.4m in F2017. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 43% of donations. Per dollar donated to ASC, $0.47 goes towards its programs, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. ASC’s funding reserves total $12.9m, of which $2.3m are donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, these reserves cover just over 8 months of program costs, indicating a need for donations.

Arthritis Society of Canada reports using external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In F2017, ASC reported paying external fundraisers $1.0m that raised $1.8m. For every dollar ASC raised from external fundraisers, it paid $0.59 to the third party.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Arthritis Society of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 8, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.7%9.6%10.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 43.0%40.3%51.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 82.4%80.5%66.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 22,35923,48521,751
Government funding 5,2465,2565,253
Investment income (55)19847
Other income 1,5501,2351,735
Total revenues 29,10030,17428,786
Program costs 10,99410,50111,611
Grants 4,6164,6894,732
Administrative costs 2,8172,8783,071
Fundraising costs 9,6239,46111,221
Other costs 604541542
Cash flow from operations 4462,104(2,391)
Funding reserves 12,85512,22510,842
Note: Other income consists of investment, rental and miscellaneous income as reported in the charity’s audited financial statements. Ci included unrealized gain (loss) on investment income, affecting total revenue by $55k in F2017, $198k in F2016 and $47k in F2015. Other cash expenses include building operations costs of $536k in F2017, $473k in F2016 and $465k in F2015. The charity’s audited financial statements treat amortization of deferred lease inducements of $67k in F2017, $67k in F2016 and $77k in F2015 as a reduction of rental expenses. Ci included these figures in other costs.

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