Movember Canada

119 Spadina Avenue, PO Box 65
Toronto, ON M5T 2T2
CEO: Owen Sharp
Board Chair: John Hughes

Charitable Reg. #: 84821 5604 RR0001
Sector: Health - Cancer
Public Foundation

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]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #16

Avg. Compensation $83,627

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 4
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Movember Canada:

Established in 2011, Movember Canada (MVC) is the Canadian arm of the Movember Foundation (MVF). MVF is an Australian-based charity that raises awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer, men’s health including physical inactivity, mental health, and testicular cancer.  Movember Canada runs the annual Movember campaign across Canada and uses the proceeds to fund Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) as well as programs run directly by Movember Canada. MVF states that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer globally, and the number of men affected by this cancer is expected to double to 1.7m by 2030. Before 2030, MVF aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% and aims to halve the number of men facing serious ongoing side effects from prostate cancer treatment.

Movember Canada granted $13.7m to PCC in F2017, making up 88% of annual program and granting costs. Grants went to projects that distinguished between aggressive and slowly-growing prostate cancer forms, developed ways to prevent disease progression or improve the quality of life, enriched understanding of prostate cancer, studied ways to reduce or eliminate undesirable side effects of prostate cancer treatments, and more.  A Canadian research study, led by Dr. Bapat at Mount Sinai Hospital, funded by MVF, has identified two or three changes in gene expression that may allow detection through urine samples of aggressive forms of prostate cancer. Urine samples are non-invasive and cost-effective forms of detection.

The remaining $1.8m of program costs in F2017 went to men’s health, mental health and suicide prevention, and testicular health programs. The World Health Organization reports that globally one man commits suicide each minute. Under Canadian Men’s Health & Wellbeing Innovation Challenge, MVF tries to break stereotypes of men and their health to ultimately improve their health. Research funded by MVF indicated that lack of social connectedness in males leads to social isolation and loneliness, which are factors that are linked to anxiety, depression, and suicide. Therefore, through the Social Innovators Challenge, MVF attempts to improve male social connectedness. The current testicular cancer project in Canada attempts to better understand why some men with early stage testicular cancer relapse after treatment and others don’t.

Results and Impact: A mental health research study funded by Movember Canada conducted focus groups with 64 men over the age of 54. The study revealed the need for male-focused community programs. The study also showed the need for improved program access by increasing contact points and sustaining attendance. A men’s health research study supported by MVF reported that 65% of men surveyed don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables daily, and 60% of men feel confident that they can find information if they experience a severe health problem.

Financial Review:

Movember Canada is a Large charity with total donations of $14.8m in F2017. Donations are on a significant decline, falling 12% in F2017, 28% in F2016, and 29% in F2015 for an overall drop of 65% since the peak in F2013. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues and fundraising costs are 14% of donations. For every dollar donated, 78 cents go to the cause, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Cents to the cause have fallen from 86 cents in F2015 to 78 cents in F2017.

MVC’s grant figures come from the charity’s T3010 CRA filing and refer to money given to PCC.

MVC holds $55.1m in funding reserves, which can cover annual program and granting activities for 3.5 years.

The charity used external fundraisers in F2017. The charity paid $46k to raise $197k from external fundraisers for a cost of $0.23 per dollar raised.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Movember Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 16, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending April
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.2%7.0%3.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 14.4%11.2%10.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 353.7%340.5%475.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 14,79516,79123,439
Business activities (net) 1027021
Investment income 597651649
Total revenues 15,49417,51224,109
Program costs 1,8306,9925,877
Grants 13,74911,4429,037
Administrative costs 1,0741,187881
Fundraising costs 2,1321,8832,458
Cash flow from operations (3,290)(3,993)5,856
Funding reserves 55,10862,76070,870
Note: Ticket sales and sales of goods revenue is reported gross of expenses in business activities. Ci gathered the Foundation’s expense breakdown from its T3010 CRA filings. Grant figures in F2016 and F2017 include the CRA T3010 filing figure and the change in distribution payable to Prostate Cancer Canada, as Ci reports on a cash basis.  Total program costs consist of amount spent on charitable activities and other costs. Ci backed out amortization on a pro-rata basis from program, administrative and fundraising costs.

Comments added by the Charity:

[Ci Note: this profile has been updated since the following comment was added by the charity]

In regards to funding reserves, implementing the quantum of funds raised by Movember is a task that we take seriously. Movember invests funds in programs aligned with its strategic goals through an open and transparent process and includes peer reviews with experts around the world. Once an award is given, funding is provided on an agreed-upon basis, pending the program meeting stated deadlines and objectives. The funds raised by Movember in Canada are exclusively spent or committed to Canadian programs. Movember Canada also retains a balance of unrestricted funds for future campaign expenditures.  This is a responsible practice for charitable fundraisers to ensure continuity of annual fundraising efforts.


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