Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation

20 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3R3
President & CEO: Jeff Rushton
Board Chair: Glenn Fraser

Charitable Reg. #:82825 2346 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]


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) 41 cents are available for programs.

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About Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation:

In July 2020, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation merged with Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation. The merged foundation is called Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation and uses Coast to Coast against Cancer’s charitable registration number. This charity profile will no longer be updated. 

Founded in 2003, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation (CCAC) raises funds for childhood cancer charities in Canada. CCAC states that 1,700 Canadians under the age of 19 are diagnosed with cancer every year and childhood cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death in Canadian children. For the 75% of childhood cancer patients who beat the disease, over 50% suffer aftereffects of the disease and treatment.  

CCAC funds charities with programs in one of three focus areas: quality of life, family support, and research. CCAC does not report how its grants were divided between its three areas of focus in F2019. In F2018, it did give a breakdown, and spending was divided evenly among the three programs. 

One of Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation's major granting activities is funding charities that run camp programs for children with cancer, and their families. These camps give kids and their families a break from the disease. Funded charities include Camp Trillium, Camp Quality, Camp Oochigeas, and Kids Cancer Care Alberta. With the help of CCAC funding, Camp Quality reports that it ran seven weeks of camp in F2018, Camp Trillium ran eight camps, and in a 2016 report Camp Kindle had 709 campers across all its programs. 

CCAC’s research grants go to charities that investigate new treatment options for children, especially treatment options with fewer unwanted aftereffects in survivors. 

CCAC's family support grants go to charities that help childhood cancer patients and their families cope with the stresses that come with cancer and treatment. This includes financial support programs for families who cannot work full time because they must care for their sick child and face problems related to paying rent and other everyday living costs. 

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Results and Impact

In a 2016 report, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, one of CCAC’s grantees, explains its Successful Academic and Vocational Training initiative’s counsellors received 266 new referrals, of which 104 have applied, are attending or have been accepted to a post-secondary school, and 30 are employed or exploring career opportunities. 

CCAC grants funds to Garron Family Cancer Centre at Sick Kids Hospital. This center reports that as a result of advancements in research and patient care, children diagnosed with cancer now have a 83% survival rate. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Coast to Coast Against Cancer's results and impact.

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In July 2020, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation merged with Childhood Cancer Canada.  

Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation received donations and special events revenue of $3.4m in F2019. Administrative costs were 28% of revenues and fundraising costs were 31% of total donations. This results in overhead costs of 59%. For every dollar donated, 41 cents go to the charity’s grants. From F2017 to F2019, CCAC’s overhead costs were consistently outside Ci’s reasonable range. 

In F2019, CCAC’s five largest grants went to Camp Trillium ($400k), Candlelighters Ottawa ($252k), Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario ($233k), Kids Cancer Care ($183k), and Alberta Health Services ($110k) as reported in the charity’s T3010 CRA filing. 

CCAC’s funding reserves of $367k can cover just over 3 months of annual grant spending. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Coast to Coast Against Cancer for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated July 30, 2021 by Asha McMullin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending July
Administrative costs as % of revenues 28.4%21.1%15.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 30.6%16.0%21.6%
Total overhead spending 58.9%37.1%37.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 26.3%9.9%13.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 3,036,0464,125,3295,409,936
Business activities (net) 12,58215,82623,066
Special events 372,270229,466367,468
Investment income 36,77735,95215,018
Total revenues 3,457,6754,406,5735,815,488
Grants 1,394,7343,064,2414,104,610
Administrative costs 970,837920,709920,808
Fundraising costs 1,041,296696,2451,248,190
Other costs 00(554,497)
Total spending 3,406,8674,681,1955,719,111
Cash flow from operations 50,808(274,622)96,377
Capital spending 1,9985,2854,970
Funding reserves 366,944304,166555,684

Note: Ci excluded loss on disposal of capital assets from revenues, increasing revenues by $6k in F2019. Ci reported sales of merchandise gross of expenses in business activities. Fundraising costs consist of event promotion and event operations expenses.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 16

Avg. compensation: $44,107

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

UPDATED July 2016: Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation took swift and decisive action when internal financial irregularities became apparent in 2014; which ultimately led to successful civil litigation and an ongoing criminal case.  All stakeholders were advised directly on the issue while new auditors, revised internal procedures and new financial and operational controls were established.  An expanded, committed and active Board of Directors has been in place since early 2015. This Board now represents a diverse set of experience and skills including several senior executives from a variety of industries, two members with Chartered Public Accountant (CPA) professional designations and two lawyers.   All operations have continued uninterrupted and most importantly, we continue to meet our goal of distributing 100% of our receipted donations to charities that support the Foundations goals and mission. 

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