The Arthritis Society
Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
President & CEO: Janet Yale
Board Chair: Drew McArthur
Charitable Reg. #: 10807 1671 RR0003
Grade: B+The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Full-time staff #136
Avg. Compensation $100,940
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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About The Arthritis Society:
Founded in 1948, the Arthritis Society of Canada has two major focus areas: searching for the causes and cures for arthritis, and promoting the best care and treatment for people with the disease. Arthritis refers to over 100 conditions of damaged joints, usually due to either inflammation or injury. As of 2015, one in five Canadians live with arthritis. There is no cure for the disease.
The 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 20 researchers in 2015.
The Arthritis Society of Canada announced in its most recent annual report 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.
The 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.
The Arthritis Society received donations of $21.8m in F2015, making it one of Canada’s 100 largest charities. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues and fundraising costs are 51% of donations. $0.62 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.
The charity’s funding reserves total $10.8m, of which $2.4m are donor-endowed. Funding reserves cover 66% of annual program costs – excluding donor-endowed funds, these reserves cover 52% of program costs.
The Arthritis Society has a National office and 10 regional divisions, all of which are separately registered with the Canadian Revenue Agency as independent operating charities. This report is based on the consolidated audited financial statements of all 11 charities. Compensation information reflects combined compensation schedules from all 11 registered charities based on current F2015 T3010 CRA filings.
This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by the Arthritis Society. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on July 8, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending March
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||10.6%||9.7%||12.1%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||51.4%||53.2%||49.1%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||66.0%||76.8%||119.3%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Cash flow from operations||(2,436)||(4,818)||(1,524)|