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Arthritis Research Canada
Leading research. Finding answers. Saving lives.
Richmond, BC

The 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

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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #129

Avg. Compensation $90,822

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 1
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 2
$160k - $200k 2
$120k - $160k 5
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About The Arthritis Society:

Founded in 1948, Arthritis Society of Canada has a mission to provide leadership and funding, research, advocacy, and solutions to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis. Arthritis refers to over 100 conditions of damaged joints, usually due to either inflammation or injury. The charity reports that over 4.6 million Canadians live with arthritis. There is no cure for arthritis.

Arthritis Society of Canada directs a major part of program costs to fund research projects that look for better treatments, diagnostic tools or a cure for arthritis. Arthritis Centres are one of the Society’s four major funding recipients. Found in all medical schools across Canada, these centres run treatment and research programs. Nineteen centers received funding in 2015. The Society also gives Research Grants, Salary Awards and Training Awards. Through these three programs, the society funded 23 researchers in 2016. The Society has committed $4.8m for arthritis research funding and for the development of researchers and clinicians for F2017.

Arthritis Society of Canada announced in its most recent annual report (2014-2015) that it will start funding research projects that study treatment options involving medical cannabis. Research will focus on how effective the drug is for reducing arthritis pain, how safe the treatment is, and whether it interacts with other treatments. The charity also launched an online pharmacist education program in 2014 that trained 1,350 pharmacies across Canada on how to meet the unique needs of customers with arthritis.

Arthritis Society of Canada runs education and awareness programs for people with arthritis. In 2014, the Society held its first Quebec Forum on Arthritis in Montreal. The forum consisted of 50 sessions that discussed topics such as arthritis self-management and treatment, continuing arthritis education for health professionals, and the future for arthritis research. Over 800 people attended the event.

The Society also advocates for improved care and income support for people with arthritis by proposing public policy changes to the government.

Financial Review:

Arthritis Society of Canada is a Major 100 charity with $23.5m in donations in F2016. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 40% of donations. For every $1 donated, 50 cents go to the cause. This falls outside of Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity’s funding reserves total $12.2m, of which $2.3m are donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, these reserves cover 66% of annual program costs. Arthritis Society of Canada has enough funds to cover just short of 8 months of programming, indicating a need for funding.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Arthritis Society of Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 19, 2017 by Juliana Badovinac.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.6%10.7%9.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 40.3%51.6%53.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 80.5%66.3%77.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 23,48521,75124,113
Government funding 5,2565,2535,396
Other income 1,2351,7352,071
Total revenues 29,97728,73931,579
Program costs 10,50111,61114,860
Grants 4,6894,7325,125
Administrative costs 2,8783,0713,049
Fundraising costs 9,46111,22112,884
Other costs 541542490
Cash flow from operations 1,906(2,438)(4,829)
Funding reserves 12,22510,84215,385
Note: Other income consists of investment, rental and miscellaneous income as reported in the charity’s audited financial statements. Other cash expenses include building operations costs of $473k in F2016, $465k in F2015 and $483k in F2014. The charity’s audited financial statements treat amortization of deferred lease inducements of $67k in F2016, $77k in F2015, and $6k in F2014 as a reduction of rental expenses. Ci included these figures in other costs.

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