Alzheimer Society of BC

300 - 828 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2
CEO: Jen Lyle
Board Chair: Amy McCallion

Charitable Reg. #:11878 4891 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 62 cents are available for programs.

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About Alzheimer Society of BC:

Alzheimer Society of B.C. is a 3-star charity with an above-average results reporting grade. It is financially transparent but has overhead spending outside Ci’s reasonable range.

Founded in 1981, Alzheimer Society of B.C. (AZBC) is one of Alzheimer Society of Canada's ten provincial member organizations. AZBC supports people living with or affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias by creating a more dementia-friendly society and by funding dementia research in British Columbia. Alzheimer Society of B.C. reports that over 500,000 Canadians are currently living with dementia, and by 2030, that number is projected to nearly double.

Alzheimer Society of B.C. runs three main programs to work towards its vision of an Alzheimer-free and other dementia-free world, including First Link (Dementia Helpline and Support); Advocacy and Awareness; and Research.

First Link (Dementia Helpline and Support) - 62% of program spending: Its goal is to connect people and their families who are living with dementia to support and educational services. In F2022, through its First Link helpline, AZBC responded to 15,616 support calls from 9,847 people affected by dementia. During the same year, the charity welcomed 767 people to 55 caregiver support groups and nine early-stage support groups.

Advocacy and Awareness - 25% of program spending: AZBC offers dementia-focused educational programs and advocates for those with dementia to ensure their needs are met and their voices are heard. In F2022, the charity launched a survey to invite all British Columbians affected by dementia to share their experiences. The purpose of the survey is to call attention to the impact of pandemic-related long-term care visitation restrictions and to advocate for everyone in long-term care to have a designated essential visitor. AZBC also built its network with potential healthcare partners and received 2,627 new referrals from 543 healthcare providers.

Research - 13% of program spending: Alzheimer Society of B.C. reports focusing on research that explores radical new ways to advance our knowledge of dementia and improves the quality of life for people affected by dementia. In F2022, AZBC funded four researchers in BC.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, when reflecting on participants’ experience in either a support group or Minds in Motion, more than 90% of participants reported that they benefitted from attending their group or session. A similar number of people reported feeling more connected to people in the same situation after attending.

Of healthcare providers from the continuing care sector who took part in AZBC’s dementia education, almost 85% reported feeling more confident in providing care to people living with dementia. A similar percentage of participants from a separate cohort indicated they believed they would make changes at work or in their daily lives as a result of the education program.

Charity Intelligence highlights these key results. They may not be a complete representation of Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s results.

Charity Intelligence has not assessed impact on AZBC. This shows as n/r, meaning not rated.

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In F2022, Alzheimer Society of B.C. received $9.2m in donations and special events revenue. AZBC also received $1.3m in government funding, representing 12% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 19% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 20% of donations. This results in overhead spending of 38%. For every dollar donated, 62 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

The charity has $24.1m in reserve funds, $2.0m of which is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover 315% or 3.2 years of its annual program costs with its reserves. 

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

Updated on June 27, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 18.9%7.9%16.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 19.6%15.3%18.5%
Total overhead spending 38.5%23.1%34.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 315.4%341.6%148.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 7,2657,5476,884
Government funding 1,30413,2893,091
Special events 1,9191,8242,474
Investment income 170209261
Total revenues 10,65922,86912,710
Program costs 7,1086,7277,164
Administrative costs 1,9851,7812,017
Fundraising costs 1,7971,4291,730
Total spending 10,8919,93610,911
Cash flow from operations (232)12,9331,799
Capital spending 4826140
Funding reserves 24,11324,55112,113

Note: Ci adjusted for direct mail expenses reported gross of national revenue, affecting revenues and expenses by $605k in F2022, $490k in F2021, and $475k in F2020. Ci adjusted for deferred government funding, affecting revenues by ($2.7k) in F2022, $8.1m in F2021, and $nil in F2020. Provincial operations of $135k in F2022, $125k in F2021, and $168k in F2020 were included as administrative fees and backed out from program spending. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 70

Avg. compensation: $80,224

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 F2022

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001