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War Amps of Canada

2827 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, ON K1V 0C4
Executive Director: Marlène Girard
Board Chair: Stuart Vallières

Charitable Reg. #: 13196 9628 RR0001
Sector: Social Services
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: C

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 ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #193

Avg. Compensation $49,566

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 1
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About War Amps of Canada:

Founded in 1920, The War Amputations of Canada (War Amps) aims to reduce the impact of lost limbs on the lives of Canadian amputees. War Amps’ national headquarters are in Ottawa and the charity has 19 additional branches across Canada.

War Amps of Canada emphasizes that it does not receive government funding. The majority of funding for War Amps’ programs and services comes from its flagship Key Tags service. In F2015, Key Tags donations of $30.1m made up 87% of total revenue. Key Tags started in 1946 for returning war amputees looking for work – the program now employs disabled people and amputees. Through the Key Tags service, Canadians can find their lost keys by registering a coded War Amps key tag and attaching it to their key ring. War Amps spent $14.7m to run Key Tags in F2015 and the charity reports that it returned 11,381 keys during the year.

War Amps of Canada helps Canadian amputees afford artificial limbs through its CHAMP child amputee program and Adult Amputee program. The charity reports that it granted 3,355 requests for prosthetic financial assistance in F2015.

War Amps of Canada’s CHAMP program also runs seminars for child amputees. These seminars educate kids on how different artificial limbs can be used in sports and music, connect kids with other amputees, and show new developments in artificial limbs to kids and their families. War Amps ran six seminars across Canada in F2015.

War Amps of Canada also advocates for adult amputees through its Adult Amputee program. In F2015, War Amps helped 348 people who could not access necessary amputee care, financial aid and/or legal rights.

PLAYSAFE is a child safety program run by War Amps of Canada that aims to increase child awareness of dangers in their play environment. Child amputees registered in the War Amps CHAMP program deliver safety messages to children. In F2014, War Amps launched a national lawn mower safety initiative through this program.

Financial Review:

War Amps of Canada is a medium-sized charity with donations of $4.3m in F2015. Donations rise to $34.4m when Key Tags revenues of $30.1m are included, which would make War Amps Canada one of Canada’s 100 largest charities. Key Tags expenses of $14.7m, as reported in the charity’s audited financial statements, equate to 49% of Key Tag revenues.

Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 6% of donations (excluding donations designated to purchase Key Tags). For every dollar donated, 86 cents go towards War Amps Canada’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. War Amps Canada’s total funding reserves are $30.7m, of which $138k is donor-endowed, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio, excluding donor-endowed funds, of 99%. This means that the charity can cover about 1 year of its annual program costs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by War Amps of Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 20, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.0%8.9%8.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.1%7.7%12.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 99.8%101.7%97.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,3093,3223,300
Investment income 346809(336)
Other income 30,13529,71828,451
Total revenues 34,78933,84831,415
Program costs 30,76329,47230,398
Administrative costs 2,7682,9492,646
Fundraising costs 261256397
Cash flow from operations 9981,171(2,027)
Funding reserves 30,70329,96829,622
Note: Ci included endowment contributions in donations, increasing total revenues by $5k in F2015, $5k in F2014, and by $5k in F2013. Ci reported Key Tags income in other revenue. Expense figures come from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings. Ci removed amortization of capital assets from program, administrative and fundraising costs at a rate proportional to their percentage of total expenses.

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