Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service

1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570
Calgary, AB T2E 8M7
President & CEO: Andrea Robertson
Board Chair: Dave Mowat

Website: www.stars.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 11878 1103 RR0001
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Social 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 ]

Program Cost Coverage

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #311

Avg. Compensation $97,871

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 1
$250k - $300k 2
$200k - $250k 2
$160k - $200k 5
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service:

Founded in 1985, Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) works collaboratively with emergency services, the community, the government, and regional health authorities to provide emergency medical care and transport to the critically ill and injured. Its "four pillars of activity" are: emergency medical communications, education & research, patient care & transport, and fundraising and community partnerships. STARS reports that it has completed over 33,000 missions since 1985.

Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service's Helicopter Air Ambulance operates from 3 bases in Alberta (Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie), 2 in Saskatchewan (Regina and Saskatoon) and 1 in Manitoba (Winnipeg). Its traditional fleet comprised of 8 Airbus Helicopters (BK117). In 2012, 3 Agusta Westlands (AW139) have allowed STARS to expand its geographic range to locations such as Medicine Hat, Cold Lake, and Hinton. In F2015, STARS flew 1,046 missions in Saskatchewan, 1,839 missions in Alberta, and 199 missions in Manitoba. STARS reports that the majority of its missions respond to medical emergencies (52%), with the remainder responding to vehicle collisions (16%), trauma (13%), recreational activities (10%), industrial/workplace incidents (7%) and agriculture related incidents (2%). STARS reports that its aviation operations make up 51% of its program spending, its clinical operations make up 30% of its program spending, and its base operations make up 13% of its program spending.

Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service's Emergency Link Centre (making up 6% of its program spending) is a 24-hour emergency medical communications centre that helps emergency service providers care for critically ill and injured patients. It also oversees STARS's helicopter missions, coordinating transport and care, and providing on-line medical consultations. In F2015, the Emergency Link Centre responded to an average of 70 requests daily. It also monitored 65,000 workers on industry sites.

STARS reports that the economic benefit of helicopter ambulance missions are 6 times higher than its costs.

Financial Review:

STARS is a Major 100 charity, with donations of $24.6m in F2015. Its administrative costs are 7% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 16% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 78 cents is put towards its programs, falling within Ci's reasonable range. The charity's funding reserves of $33.8m result in a program cost coverage ratio of 55%. This means that the charity can cover 7 months of its annual programs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by STARS. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 8, 20916 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201520142013
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.6%6.5%6.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.9%18.0%15.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 55.2%42.0%43.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201520142013
Donations 24,62023,96621,771
Goods in kind 08880
Government funding 31,76426,95027,932
Fees for service 1,5427121,224
Lotteries (net) 9,45511,49615,488
Business activities (net) 7101,0301,195
Investment income 7411,244815
Other income 3,3533,3263,321
Total revenues 72,18569,61271,746
Program costs 61,23556,73247,847
Administrative costs 4,6834,4674,218
Fundraising costs 3,9174,3193,350
Cash flow from operations 2,3504,09416,331
Funding reserves 33,77123,83720,831
Note: Ci has adjusted amortization of deferred capital contributions, donations and fundraising expenditures and administration expenditures affecting revenues by $5k in F2015, by $7k in F2014, and by $7k in F2013. Ci has adjusted donations and fundraising expenditures, amortization and administration expenditures affecting expenses by $34 in F2015, by $2k in F2014, and by ($839) in F2013.

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