Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (Quebec Division)

550, Sherbrooke Street West, East Tower, Suite 1010
Montréal, QC H3A 1B9
Executive Director: Louis Adam
Board President: Gilles Dionne

Website: www.mssociety.ca/division/quebec-division
Charitable Reg. #: 10490 2523 RR0001
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

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 ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #31

Avg. Compensation $61,130

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 6
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (Quebec Division):

Founded in 1948, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Quebec Division (MS Society Quebec) aims “to be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by multiple sclerosis to enhance their quality of life.” The charity notes that in Quebec alone, there are approximately 20,000 people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). MS can cause vision problems, walking difficulties, pain and fatigue. To date, there is no known cure. MS Society Quebec supports research, advocacy and provides services in support of people suffering from MS.

The MS Society Quebec Division offers programs and services (49% of program spending in F2017) through its 18 local chapters in communities across Quebec. This provides people who are affected by MS to have access to support groups, information tools, training sessions, referrals, physical activity, social programs and telephone consultation services. In F2017, two summer camps were held for kids who have a parent with MS.

The charity’s research program (30% of program spending in F2017) funded 31 Québec-based research studies in F2016 (not reported in F2017). It provides operating grants to scientists working in universities or health care institutions, and research grants to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. As a whole, the MS Society of Canada reported that the majority of the charity’s F2017 grants (51%) went towards understanding triggers, progression and repair processes of MS.

The MS Society Quebec advocates (21% of program spending in F2017) for people who are affected by multiple sclerosis. It aims to improve laws, government policies and employers’ practices to help reduce barriers for people living with MS. In F2017, 4 other organizations joined MS Society Quebec in an annual visit to Quebec’s parliament. Together, the organizations presented possible solutions to improve the quality of life for people with a progressive neurological disease to about a dozen Members of the National Assembly in Quebec City.

Results and Impact: In F2017, the advocacy work done by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (Quebec Division) contributed to Health Canada approving two new medications available for people with relapsing-remitting MS. The total number of drugs now available in Canada is 15.

Financial Review:

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (Quebec Division) is a Large charity with donations and special events revenues of $6.6m in F2017. A large portion of its revenues is generated through community-based fundraising events, dinners, golf tournaments and third-party events. Its special events fundraising was 68% of revenues, at $5.2m in F2017. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 45% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.49 goes towards its programs and research grants, which falls outside of Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Research grants account for only 16% of the charity’s total revenue.

The MS Society Quebec has funding reserves of $2.4m, which includes $19k in donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover less than 7 months of annual program and granting costs, indicating a need for donations.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s Quebec Division for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 24, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201720162015
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.2%6.0%6.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 44.8%42.2%45.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 58.2%57.5%52.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201720162015
Donations 1,4161,4841,882
Government funding 837788746
Fees for service 123153112
Business activities (net) 115
Special events 5,2315,3464,875
Investment income 201718
Other income 393934
Total revenues 7,6677,8287,673
Program costs 2,8522,8593,096
Grants 1,2601,5191,001
Administrative costs 472470479
Fundraising costs 2,9782,8823,038
Cash flow from operations 1059858
Funding reserves 2,3932,5172,132
Note: Ci removed amortization of deferred lease inducement from donations, fees for service and special event fundraising on a pro-rated basis, decreasing total revenues by $23k in F2017, $23k in F2016 and $23k in F2015. Ci reports the charity's business activities revenues net of expenses, reducing total revenues and expenses by $12k in F2017, $11k in F2016 and $24k in F2015.

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comments were added to a previous profile:

The Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society is part of the National organization. In order to have a global picture of the activities of our National organization, I invite you to consult the following web site: http://mssociety.ca/en/community/mssc/governance.htm

Please note that the MS Society of Canada is 95 per cent self-funded meaning that the vast majority of our funding comes from our donors, not government grants or pharmaceutical support. The limited amount of government funding we do receive means we need to raise funds ourselves to meet our mission. Statistics Canada notes that the average health charity receives 70 percent of its revenues from the government. By comparison, the MS Society of Canada is only less than 3 percent government funded. Funds received through government grants have little or no costs which allow other charities to boast a very low cost of fundraising.

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