Crohn's and Colitis

600-60 St. Clair Avenue East
Toronto, ON M4T 1N5
President & CEO: Mina Mawani
Board Chair: Mark Whitmore

Charitable Reg. #:11883 1486 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 61 cents are available for programs.

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About Crohn's and Colitis:

Founded in 1974, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC) is the only national, volunteer-based charity that aims to find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both diseases are forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD targets the lining of the GI tract and disrupts the body’s ability to digest food, absorb nutrients, and remove waste. There is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease. CCC reports that more than 270,000 Canadians are living with IBD, and it expects this number to rise to more than 400,000 Canadians by 2030 (one in 100). CCC runs three main programs: research granting, patient programs, and awareness campaigns.

Research is CCC's largest program, representing 71% of program costs. CCC’s goal is to generate new science, knowledge, and treatments for Crohn’s and colitis by funding researchers across the country. In F2019, CCC invested $6.5m into research projects focused on developing better treatments. The charity funded 47 research projects and initiatives throughout the year. 

The charity’s patient program works to help people living with Crohn’s and colitis. CCC’s goal is to improve the quality of life and day-to-day experiences of people with IBD. This program supported over 20,000 patients in F2019. CCC gave out ten IBD scholarships in F2019, each offering $5,000 to a post-secondary student living with IBD in Canada.

Through its education, advocacy, and awareness programs, CCC advocates for policy changes that ease the burden of living with IBD. The charity’s goal is to create an open dialogue about Crohn’s and colitis to end the stigma around IBD. In F2019, CCC had over 600,000 unique visitors to its website and 200 million media impressions.

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Results and Impact

In 2018, after six years of research, CCC published its second “Impact of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Canada” report. The report, which was last published in 2012, details new findings on the disease, information on patient well-being, and recommendations for better care.  Research projects funded by CCC resulted in 2,318 articles and book chapters published in F2019, up from 2,134 in F2018. Due to CCC’s advocacy program, Canadian compassionate care benefits have extended from six weeks to 26 weeks. Compassionate care benefits are employment insurance benefits paid to those who must temporarily be away from work.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s results and impact.

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Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is a large charity with donations and special events fundraising of $14.2m in F2019. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 29% of donations and special events fundraising. This means that total overhead spending is 39%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 61 cents go to its programs and grants. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. In the past, CCC has been either outside or on the edge of Ci’s lower limit of 65 cents due to fundraising costs of 25% or more each year.

CCC has funding reserves of $14.3m, of which $587k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, funding reserves can cover annual program and grant costs for 18 months.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 4, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.6%8.9%9.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 29.4%27.7%26.6%
Total overhead spending 39.0%36.6%36.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 147.3%152.8%132.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,3868,1867,453
Special events 5,8036,2406,492
Investment income 416466399
Other income (25)(8)(24)
Total revenues 14,58014,88514,320
Program costs 2,8632,8082,728
Grants 6,5006,2256,253
Administrative costs 1,3661,2841,361
Fundraising costs 4,1713,9893,715
Total spending 14,90014,30514,058
Cash flow from operations (320)579263
Capital spending 101109
Funding reserves 14,33714,32812,409

Note: Ci recognized endowment fund contributions as donations, affecting total revenues by ($5k) in F2019, $18k in F2018, and $28k in F2017. Ci recognized foreign exchange losses, affecting total revenues by ($25k) in F2019, ($8k) in F2018, and ($24k) in F2017. Ci backed out amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 58

Avg. compensation: $74,081

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2019

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