Ovarian Cancer Canada

205-145 Front St. East,
Toronto, ON M5A 1E3
CEO: Elisabeth Baugh
Board Chair: Theresa Underhill

Website: www.ovariancanada.org
Charitable Reg. #: 87297 4845 RR0001
Sector: Health - Cancer
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

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

2016 2017 2018
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #26

Avg. Compensation $71,969

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 2
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

About Ovarian Cancer Canada:

Founded in 1998, Ovarian Cancer Canada (OCC) is the only registered Canadian charity solely dedicated to overcoming ovarian cancer, the organization provides leadership in research, advocacy, and support, so that women live better, longer lives. OCC reports that ovarian cancer is the 5th most common form of cancer for women and that 2,800 Canadian women are diagnosed each year, of which 50% will not live past 5 years. OCC hopes to accomplish its mission through three programs: Education and Awareness (53% of program spending), Support (31%), and Research (16%).

Ovarian Cancer Canada attempts to support women and advocate for ovarian cancer research by bringing attention to the government that this issue should be given attention. In F2018, OCC reports that federal elected representatives and the Minister of Health received letters from 1,417 Canadians all asking the government to invest in ovarian cancer research. In addition, in the House of Commons, MP John Oliver read a petition signed by 12,703 Canadians calling attention to the need for research funding. Moreover, in F2018, four women with ovarian cancer, six researchers and seven Ovarian Cancer Canada representatives discussed the issues directly with 49 federal decision makers at an event on Parliament Hill that was hosted by the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus and Speaker Geoff Regan.

Ovarian Cancer Canada provides support to women who have been diagnosed or dealing with ovarian cancer. In F2018, OCC reports that 1,058 women are benefitting from firsthand insights from others living with ovarian cancer and available advice from professionals encompassed in By Your Side and Still By Your Side. These informative resources continue to support and inform the journeys of women who have received a new diagnosis or are facing recurrence of ovarian cancer. In addition, 264 people heard directly from subject matter experts about the latest developments and information related to this disease during series of webinars. Webinars like these were presented live, offering opportunities for audience members to ask questions in real-time. Recordings are available online.

Since its inception, Ovarian Cancer Canada has provided $6m to advance research for ovarian cancer treatments and medicine. Specifically, in F2018, $424k was provided to advance this research.

Results and Impact:

In F2018, OCC reports that a total 1,409 women with gynecological cancers provided permission for their samples to be collected, resulting in more than 7,000 new biological samples for researchers to work with. To date, materials from the Ovarian Cancer Canada Tissue Banking Network have been used in 450 studies throughout the country and internationally.

In F2017, an awareness campaign to get Canadians the facts on ovarian cancer began. As a result, there was a 118% increase in requests for support resources for women dealing with ovarian cancer or an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Financial Review:

Ovarian Cancer Canada is a medium-sized charity, receiving $3.7m in donations and special events fundraising in F2018.  Administrative costs were 6% of revenues and fundraising costs represented 33% of donations. For every dollar donated, 61 cents go to the cause, which is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

OCC has funding reserves of $1.3m which can cover almost 6 months of annual program costs.

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

Updated July 18, 2019 by Parker Thomlinson.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.3%5.2%5.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 32.8%33.2%33.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 48.6%72.9%58.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 860,4541,259,099970,544
Special events 2,795,0972,997,4662,845,305
Investment income 20,06911,19712,296
Other income 130,415228,904102,495
Total revenues 3,806,0354,496,6663,930,640
Program costs 2,625,3492,568,5242,547,886
Administrative costs 237,171233,967229,024
Fundraising costs 1,199,2411,412,7681,275,613
Cash flow from operations (255,726)281,407(121,883)
Funding reserves 1,277,0221,871,7951,484,592
Note:  Amortization was backed out of administration costs affecting admin costs by ($30k) in F2018, ($977) in F2017, and ($2.2k) in F2016.

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