Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation
Toronto, ON M4N 0B1
CEO: Christina Smith
Board Chair: Colleen McMorrow
Charitable Reg. #: 89272 8940 RR0001
Grade: BThe grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Full-time staff #31
Avg. Compensation $85,598
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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About Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation:
Founded in 1992, Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation (WCSF) offers psychological, emotional and educational support programs to people living with cancer, their families, and professional caregivers. The charity runs these programs at no cost to meet non-medical needs of people affected by the disease, helping with the financial, emotional, and social challenges they face. Specific programs include support groups catering to different types of cancer, education courses like “Money Matters” and “Nourish: Eating Well During Treatment”, and physical activities such as yoga and tai chi to aid stress management and coping skills.
WCSF first began running its programs out of one location along Wellesley Street East in downtown Toronto. The charity has since moved from this location and now controls three Wellspring centres across the GTA: Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House in Oakville, Wellspring Westerkirk House at Sunnybrook, and Wellspring Downtown Toronto in the Yonge and Bloor region. There are six other Wellspring centres in Canada, which are run by separate registered charities that are affiliated with WCSF. These affiliates are Wellspring Niagara, Wellspring London, Wellspring Calgary, Wellspring Chinguacousy, and Wellspring Edmonton.
Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation’s F2018 annual report states that its three GTA centres had 39,641 program visits during the year: 16,710 to Birmingham Gilgan House, 11,934 to Westerkirk House, and 10,997 to the Downtown Toronto centre.
Results and Impact:
Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation conducted a Mission Survey in 2019 to measure the impact of its support programs. Outcomes from respondents include: 94% report that Wellspring helps them feel less isolated (up 3% from 91% in 2017), 88% report that they gained skills and knowledge to address their needs (down 1% from 89% in 2017), and 81% report that they are able to cope better (up 2% from 79% in 2017). These GTA survey responses included in the Mission Survey report include data from Wellspring Chinguacousy, which is a separate, affiliated charity.
Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation is a medium-sized charity that received $3.9m in donations and special events fundraising in F2019. Administrative costs are 20% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 39% of donations and special events fundraising. Per dollar donated, 41 cents go to the cause, which is not within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.
Funding reserves of just under $5.0m include a $422k endowment fund. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover annual program spending for just under two years.
This charity report is an update that has been sent to Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on July 15, 2019 by Katie Khodawandi.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending March
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||19.5%||21.0%||16.0%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||39.2%||37.5%||38.1%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||215.2%||174.2%||221.7%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Business activities (net)||85||25||26|
|Cash flow from operations||(224)||(1,023)||(238)|