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Canadian Council of the Blind

20 James Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON K2P 0T6
Board President: Louise Gills
Vice President: Lori Fry

Charitable Reg. #: 11921 8899 RR0001
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: C

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Most recent audited financial statements 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 #12

Avg. Compensation $45,062

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 5
< $40k 4
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Canadian Council of the Blind:

Founded in 1944, Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) runs support programs and advocates on behalf of the over 5.5 million Canadians affected by eye disease. CCB reports that an estimated 50,000 Canadians will lose their sight every year. To help Canadians with vision loss, CCB’s national office in Ottawa works with 80 chapters across Canada to run six core programs: community networking and individual mentoring, advocacy and accessibility, public awareness, recreational & social activities, health & prevention, and knowledge & education.

Canadian Council of the Blind’s advocacy program saw success when Nova Scotia passed Bill 59 in April 2017. The bill, called the Accessibility Act, will start the process of removing barriers for persons with disabilities, particularly in employment, education, transportation, services, and information and communication.

Canadian Council of the Blind runs a Mobile Eye Clinics program (MEC) for both schools and seniors, which examines people for vision problems. Since the program started in 2014, over 3,000 children and 1,000 seniors have been examined. CCB states that almost 30% of children examined required a follow-up, and 22% received some type of remedial intervention such as glasses or a referral to an ophthalmologist.

CCB announced in 2017 that its Trust Your Buddy program, which aims to increase physical activity in blind or visually impaired Canadians, will be expanding to national levels. The expansion was announced after a 2-year grant, which was responsible for starting the program, came to an end. The program reached more than 15 blind or visually impaired people in its first two years.

Financial Review:

Canadian Council of the Blind is a medium-sized charity with total donations of $2.2m in F2015. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues and fundraising costs are 50% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.36 goes toward its programs, which falls outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity’s funding reserves of $613k can cover 66% of annual program costs.

CCB uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In its F2015 T3010 CRA filing, the charity reported external fundraising costs of $1.1m. External fundraisers raised $1.9m on behalf of the charity, producing an external fundraising cost ratio of 60%.

This report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Canadian Council of the Blind. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 11, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.9%12.9%14.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 50.3%51.8%48.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 65.6%67.1%86.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,247,4662,466,7542,213,961
Government funding 41,25019,25035,750
Fees for service 13,93013,12013,090
Business activities (net) 11,25617,26020,666
Investment income 4,3624,3423,796
Total revenues 2,318,2642,520,7262,287,263
Program costs 934,544816,445607,795
Administrative costs 321,594324,151336,540
Fundraising costs 1,129,8711,277,7701,067,062
Cash flow from operations (67,745)102,360275,866
Funding reserves 612,865548,136526,405
Note: Ci reported rental income gross of direct expenses in business activities. Ci adjusted for deferred capital contributions received during the year, affecting revenues by ($14k) in F2015, ($14k) in F2014 and $59k in F2013. Ci did not recognize amortization of leasehold inducements, reducing revenues by $1k in F2015, $1k in F2014 and $1k in F2013. For expense figures, Ci used the charity’s external fundraising costs as reported in its T3010 CRA filings and backed the amounts out of programs and projects expenses, which are reported as program costs.

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