Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation

20 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3R3
Executive Director: Simon Williams
Board Chair: Jeff Rushton

Website: www.ctcacf.org
Charitable Reg. #: 82825 2346 RR0001
Sector: Health - Cancer
Public Foundation

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

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¢
2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #8

Avg. Compensation $49,288

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 7
< $40k 1
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation:

Founded in 2003, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation (CCAC) raises funds for childhood cancer charities in Canada. CCAC states that 1,700 children 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 late effects of the disease and treatment. CCAC funds charities with programs that fall into one of three focus areas: quality of life, family support, and research. CCAC’s granting activities totaled $4.1m in F2016 and funded over 40 childhood cancer charities.

One of Coast to Coast Againist 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. CCAC reports $1.3m in camping program grants in F2016, making up 32% of total grants. With the help of CCAC funding, Camp Quality reports that it ran seven weeks of camp in 2016, Camp Trillium ran eight camps, and Camp Kindle had 709 campers across all its programs.

Research grants go to charities conducting childhood cancer research that investigate new treatment options and treatments that prevent unwanted after effects in cancer survivors. CCAC reports that in F2016, it granted $1.3m to research programs at children’s hospitals across Canada, making up 32% of total grants.

CCAC's family support grants go to charities with programs that help childhood cancer patients and their families get through the hardships of treatment and other stresses that come with cancer. 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. CCAC granted $1.4m in F2016 for family support programs, making up 35% of total grants. Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, one of CCAC’s grantees, reports that in F2016, 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.

Total grants reported on the charity's website for F2016 were $33k lower than the total reported in the audited financial statements. 

Financial Review:

Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation is big-cap charity with total donations of $5.2m in F2016. According to Ci analysis, administrative costs are 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 19% of total donations. Per dollar donated to the Foundation, $0.71 goes toward its grants, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation reports three types of donations: tax-receipted donations ($3.4m in F2016), other donations ($1.1m in F2015), and corporate sponsorships ($634k in F2016). CCAC’s primary operating goal is 100% flow-through of tax-receipted donations into grants to other charities. In F2016, donations to other charities of $4.1m represented 121% of tax-receipted donations, indicating that CCAC met its operating objective. When this is accounted for in Ci’s fundraising and administrative ratios, fundraising costs are 54% of non-receipted and corporate donations, and administrative costs are 27% of revenues less receipted donations. If we account for 100% of every receipted donated dollar going toward the charity’s mission, this would mean that $0.19 of every non-receipted donated dollar goes toward grants.

In F2015, CCAC’s five largest grants went to Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre ($900k), SickKids Foundation ($710k), Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario ($575k), Camp Oochigeas ($425k), and Kids Cancer Care Alberta ($373k), as reported in the charity’s T3010 CRA filing. The F2016 T3010 filing was not available at the time of this profile update.

CCAC’s funding reserves of $660k can cover only 17% of annual granting activities, indicating a funding need.

Notice to Donors: Following the discovery of fraudulent spending by a previous board member in F2014, CCAC underwent a forensic audit that identified disbursement of $426k in unauthorized payments during the fiscal year. This amount is recognized as an expense in other costs in the financial analysis below. CCAC is pursuing repayment of the misused funds from the former board member and will account for any recovered amounts as they are received. Subsequent recovery of $141k in F2016 and $28k in F2015, also reported in other costs, represent amounts received from another defendant in the civil action. 

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Coast to Coast. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 31, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201620152014
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.2%11.6%10.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.7%16.4%16.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 16.6%14.2%13.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201620152014
Donations 5,1685,9505,862
Business activities (net) 278342336
Investment income 151114
Other income 3220
Total revenues 5,4636,3256,212
Grants 4,1014,6904,850
Administrative costs 554734648
Fundraising costs 965973950
Other costs (141)(28)426
Cash flow from operations (16)(43)(662)
Funding reserves 680668665
Note: Ci reported registrations and sales of merchandise gross of expenses in business activities. Fundraising costs consist of event promotion and event operations expenses.

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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