Hospice of Greater Saint John

385 Dufferin Row
Saint John, NB E2M 2J9
Executive Director: Brad Adams
Board Chair: Shirley McAlary

Charitable Reg. #:11896 3743 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 77 cents are available for programs.

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About Hospice of Greater Saint John:

Hospice of Greater Saint John is a four-star charity with a high results reporting grade and overhead spending within Ci's reasonable range. The charity is financially transparent and has funding reserves that can cover program costs for less than two years.

Founded in 1983, Hospice of Greater Saint John (HGSJ) is a charity that owns and operates Bobby’s Hospice, a residential palliative care facility in Saint John, New Brunswick. Its main charitable programs are Hospice Care, Grief Support, and Education. The charity does not provide a spending breakdown of its programs on its website.

The Hospice Care program aims to provide terminally-ill patients with high quality full-time care at Bobby’s Hospice. Bobby’s Hospice is a 22,000 square foot building that has ten private bedrooms and four family bedrooms. The bedrooms each have a private washroom, a closet, and a television that comes with free cable. The hospice building also has kitchens, dining rooms, and a chapel. To qualify for hospice care you must have a life expectancy of six months or less and a do-not-resuscitate order in place. Hospice care is free for patients. In F2020, HGSJ had 113 new admissions and provided 3,455 bed days. The charity cared for 122 patients during the year. Patients stayed at Bobby’s hospice for an average of 27 days. HGSJ reports that 87% of patients had a cancer diagnosis. 

The Grief Support program offers counselling sessions to people who have lost a loved one. The charity also holds an annual memorial service to remember patients who have passed away. In F2020, HGSJ held 62 private community counselling sessions. It reports that 250 people attended the annual memorial service. The Education program involves training healthcare workers and holding outreach events to share knowledge about palliative care with others. In F2020, the charity trained five licensed practical nurses and held seven educational outreach sessions.

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Results and Impact

Hospice of Greater Saint John reports that one bed day at Bobby’s hospice costs the New Bruinswick government $210. It reports that one bed day at an acute care hospital costs the government $1k. Based on these numbers, the charity reports that it has saved the government over $22m since F2010 by caring for patients who otherwise would have needed hospital care. Assuming these numbers are correct, HGSJ saved the government $2.7m in F2020.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Hospice of Greater Saint John’s results and impact.

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Ci consolidated Hospice of Greater Saint John with its associated Hospice Legacy Foundation for the financial analysis. As Hospice Legacy Foundation’s financial statements were not available at the time of this report, Ci used the foundation’s T3010 filing with the CRA to report its financial information.

In F2021, Hospice of Greater Saint John received $1.3m in donations and special events revenue, representing a 28% decrease from F2020. The charity received $1.2m in government funding (48% of total revenue) during the year. HGSJ earned $62k in investment income, representing a 4% annual return. Its average annual investment return since F2014 is 5%. 

Administrative costs are 4% of total revenue excluding investment income. Fundraising costs are 19% of donations. This results in overhead spending of 23%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 77 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Hospice of Greater Saint John for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 5th, 2022 by Arjun Kapur.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.8%4.2%2.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 19.4%21.8%21.6%
Total overhead spending 23.2%26.0%24.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 172.2%122.1%126.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 399,018543,830522,092
Government funding 1,222,076766,500766,500
Special events 867,7901,207,5841,140,517
Investment income 61,97157,52735,479
Other income 3,1883,967582
Total revenues 2,554,0432,579,4082,465,170
Program costs 1,734,8911,827,6711,661,996
Administrative costs 94,117106,21759,144
Fundraising costs 245,721381,428359,378
Other costs 1335714
Total spending 2,074,7422,315,3512,081,232
Cash flow from operations 479,301264,057383,938
Capital spending 14,89364,008141,646
Funding reserves 2,988,0102,231,5202,095,784

Note: When consolidating the hospice and foundation for financial analysis, Ci removed any transactions between the two organizations from both revenues and expenses. This affects revenues and expenses by ($563k) in F2021, ($111k) in F2020, and ($350k) in F2019. Ci removed investment management fees from expenses and subtracted it from investment income. This affects both revenues and expenses by ($16k) in F2019. Hospice of Greater Saint John received $422k from the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy in F2021. Rather than reporting this as revenue, it offset salary expenses by the amount of the subsidy. Ci reported the subsidy as revenue, affecting both revenues and expenses by $422k in F2021. Hospice Legacy Foundation's T3010 filing with the CRA was used to report its financial information.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 21

Avg. compensation: $62,375

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 F2021

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.hospicesj.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001