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Starlight Children's Foundation

1375 Transcanada Hwy, Suite 105
Dorval, QC H9P 2W8
Executive Director: Brian J. H. Bringolf
Board President: Phil Caplan

Charitable Reg. #: 13129 5693 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Youth
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: D+

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 available only through official request for information from Canada Revenue Agency [ 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.

Impact Rating: Low

Full-time staff #23

Avg. Compensation $69,980

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Starlight Children's Foundation:

The Starlight Children's Foundation (SCF) is an organization that aims to enhance the lives of seriously ill children and their families through wish granting and other entertainment-related activities. Starlight offers programs both in hospitals and for sick children outside of hospitals. In-hospital programs include hospital happenings, which are therapeutic activities that give children something fun to do, and fun centres, which are mobile entertainment units with a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, and a Nintendo Wii gaming system. Starlight sites are hospital playrooms that provide pediatric patients with a space to relax and play with other children. Starlight also provides grants to hospitals looking to implement a program focusing on entertainment and distraction. Over the first two years of the program, it distributed over $500,000 to 97 hospitals. Out-of-hospital programs include recreational retreats called Great Escapes, which range from movie screenings to downhill skiing, as well as the granting of once-in-a-lifetime wishes.

SCF has granted over 2000 wishes since inception, and more than 500 Starlight Fun Centers have been sponsored by companies, foundations and individuals. Starlight Fun Center sponsorship is currently $7,500.

After the F2014 year-end the Foundation applied to legally merge the Ontario and Quebec Starlight Children’s Foundation activities in order to better serve children on a national basis, changing its name to Starlight Children's Foundation Canada.

Financial Review:

Starlight Children’s Foundation is a large-cap charity with monetary and goods-in-kind donations and special events revenues of $8.0m. Administrative costs represent 4% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 41% of total donations. For every dollar donated, 55 cents goes to the cause, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range. Starlight has funding reserves of $814k which represents one and a half months of program expenses, indicating a need for funding.  

This charity report is an update that has been sent to the charity for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated June 15, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.9%2.8%6.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 41.4%47.6%50.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 13.5%40.4%5.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,0062,0221,354
Goods in kind 3,1232,924876
Special events 1,9131,308909
Investment income 131
Total revenues 8,0436,2573,140
Program costs 6,0393,1341,654
Administrative costs 317177195
Fundraising costs 2,0341,5841,146
Cash flow from operations (347)1,362145
Funding reserves 8141,26585
Note: Ci presented special events fundraising gross of fundraising expenses, increasing total revenues and fundraising expenses by $968k in F2015, $694k in F2014 and by $687k in F2013. Ci adjusted administrative costs for amortization by ($31k) in F2015, ($22k) in F2014 and ($15k) in F2013. Ci disclosed donated goods in kind separately.  Starlight changed their year-end from March to December in 2014. The 2013 figures represent a 12-month period ending on March 31st, 2014. The 2014 period is a 9-month period ending on December 31st, 2014. 2015 corresponds to a 12-month period ending on December 31st, 2015. 

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