Dying With Dignity

802-55 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, ON M4P 1G8
Executive Director: Wanda Morris
Board President: Meg Westley

Website: www.dyingwithdignity.ca
Charitable Reg. #: Annulled
Sector: Health - Palliative
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

Not yet rated

Social Results Reporting

Grade: NR

Charity not yet rated on the 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 ]

Program Cost Coverage

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #2

Avg. Compensation $47,839

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 1
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2013

About Dying With Dignity:

DONOR ADVISORY: On March 9, 2015, the CRA annulled the charitable status of Dying with Dignity (DWD). This unusual action is apparently due to the CRA changing its mind on DWD's charitable purpose not meeting the definition of charitable education. Canada's charity laws strictly define education as running schools, providing scholarships, and doing research. According to newspaper articles, DWD is not challenging this decision. It will continue its work as a not-for-profit organization.

In 2013, DWD reports spending $34,843 on political activities than include advocating for Quebec's Bill 52, a rally in BC to support legalizing assisted dying and encouraging its members to write politicians to support choices other than prolonging life through artificial means. The CRA's audit found that DWD spent approximately 59% in F2011 and 50% in 2012 on non-charitable activities furthering its "collateral political purpose".

Founded in 1982, Dying with Dignity seeks to improve individuals' quality of dying, and to expand Canadians' end-of-life choices. Its mandate has four components: first, it educates people about end-of-life options, second, it educates about patient rights and advocates for patients whose rights are being abused, third, it supports individuals at the end of their lives, and fourth, it provides information about the choice in dying movement, and advocates for the legalisation of medically-assisted dying in Canada. DWD currently has three Canadian chapters, in Calgary, AB, Salt Spring Island, BC, and Grand River, ON.

DWD is a membership-based organization and relies heavily on volunteer support to fulfil its mandate. In F2012, DWD reported contributions of 7,500 volunteer hours. DWD's program funding is focused on support, advocacy and providing information about end-of-life choices. It educates the general public with events like online forums, workshops and public speeches and resources like its newsletter and website. It provides one-on-one support to individual members at end of life.

Financial Review:

In F2013, DWD's administrative costs were 8.3% of revenues, while fundraising costs were 13.2% of donations. DWD has funding reserves of $315k, which cover annual program costs 1 time.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201320122011
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.3%9.9%18.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.2%13.4%10.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 103.0%122.6%108.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
201320122011
Donations 296,970300,496277,091
Fees for service 93,25188,97861,199
Investment income 13,12221,61011,804
Total revenues 403,343411,084350,094
Program costs 305,449244,067213,576
Administrative costs 32,51238,52961,393
Fundraising costs 39,31640,31427,779
Cash flow from operations 26,06688,17447,346
Funding reserves 314,514299,269232,118
Note: While Ci typically removes unrealized gains from investment income, unrealized gains were not separately disclosed on DWD’s audited financial statements, and thus are included in investment income.

Comments added by the Charity:

Dying With Dignity is committed to financial transparency and best practices in program tracking and measurement.  We encourage potential donors to visit the social results reporting section of our website for more information about our goals, our programs and our accomplishments. Potential donors are encouraged to contact our Treasurer, Fundraising Committee Chair or Executive Director by email or at 1. 800.495. 6156  to discuss their areas of interest and receive any further information they require.

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