Autism Speaks Canada

2450 Victoria Park Avenue, Unit 120
Toronto, ON M2J 4A2
Executive Director: Jill Farber
Board Chair: Marc Murnaghan

Charitable Reg. #: 86942 0208 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

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #17

Avg. Compensation $63,134

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 6
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Autism Speaks Canada:

Autism Speaks Canada (ASC) is the Canadian arm of Autism Speaks, an American charity focused on autism research and awareness. ASC estimates that roughly 1% of Canadians live with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), a group of brain development disorders that impair social interaction and communicative skills and cause repetitive behaviours. To help people with ASD, Autism Speaks Canada runs two major grants programs as well as awareness and collaboration programs.

Research grants make up the majority of Autism Speaks Canada’s programming – ASC reports that it granted $1.3m in research funding in F2015, accounting for 54% of total program costs. Included in this amount is the Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowship grant, which funds young scientists who work with established autism researchers. In F2015, the $60k fellowship went to Mr. Allemang-Grand at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). In F2014, Autism Speaks began working with Google on MSSNG, the world’s largest whole genome autism study conducted at SickKids. Through MSSNG, autism researchers aim to sequence genomes from 10,000 people affected by autism to learn more about autism-linked genes and underlying causes of the disorder. In F2015, ASC granted $635k to SickKids for the MSSNG project. ASC reports additional grant commitments of $1.2m to MSSNG over the next 4 years.

Family Service grants make up Autism Speaks Canada’s second granting program – ASC reports that it granted $661k through this program in F2015, making up 28% of total program costs. Family Services grants include Community grants and Targeted Initiative grants. Community grants fund other organizations in Canada that run support programs for autistic people and their families. In F2015, the single largest Community grant of $75k went toward a program titled Responsiveness of Services to Rural and Remote Regions: Building ASD Capacity in Regions in Rural Alberta and British Columbia, co-run by University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Autism Society Alberta and Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre Association.

Autism Speaks Canada’s third major program, awareness and collaboration, accounts for the remaining 18% of program costs in F2015. Through this program, ACS works with other organizations to increase public awareness on how autism affects people and their families.

Financial Review:

Autism Speaks Canada is a medium-sized charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $3.2m in F2015. Administrative costs are 17% of revenues and fundraising costs are 34% of donations. $0.51 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls above Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. ASC funding reserves of $2.1m can cover 88% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

Autism Speaks Canada reports $2.0m in research grant commitments for the next 4 years ($766k in F2016, $491k in F2017, $433k in F2018 and $300k in F2019). In partnership with Autism Speaks, its American parent organization, ASC reports additional research grant commitments of $360k USD in F2016 and $300k USD in F2017.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Autism Speaks Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 19, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 17.1%16.1%13.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 33.7%23.3%21.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 88.0%148.6%189.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,800,3202,087,5851,403,222
Special events 1,372,0961,612,9031,593,068
Other income 15,72931,12885,662
Total revenues 3,188,1453,731,6163,081,952
Program costs 422,267389,554505,443
Grants 1,945,6561,627,0001,086,761
Administrative costs 544,970600,069428,005
Fundraising costs 1,069,713861,120633,409
Cash flow from operations (794,461)253,873428,334
Funding reserves 2,084,7082,996,7553,010,770
Note: Ci removed amortization from administrative costs, lowering administrative costs by $11k in F2015, $12k in F2104 and $12k in F2013.

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