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Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie

540 d’Avaugour Street, Suite 1300
Boucherville, ON J4B 0G6
CEO: Germain Thibault
Administrator: Pascale Paiement

Charitable Reg. #: 84846 6298 RR0001
Sector: Health
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.

Full-time staff #19

Avg. Compensation $46,523

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 10
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie:

Founded in 1999, Go Le Grand Défi, also known as the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie (GDPL), is an organization that aims to encourage young people to adopt healthy lifestyles. It is named after the Canadian triathlete Pierre Lavoie, who in 1999 cycled alone over 650km through the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec in 24 hours to raise awareness about lactic acidosis, the illness that took two of his children away from him. Since then, the GDPL has expanded its scope to become a broader health movement.

GDPL’s Cubes d’Energie encourages elementary school students to be healthy and active. Youth try to collect as many “cubes” as possible. A cube is a 15 minute block of physical activity. In F2015, GDPL reports that 100 million cubes d'énergie were collected in 1450 primary schools and 550 daycare centres.   

Through fundraising efforts, GDPL reports it has provided $7.2m to schools in Quebec for the purchase and installation of sports equipment. It also reports having provided $1.7m to 165 projects on healthy living, affecting nearly 65,000 youth since founding. Lastly, it reports disbursing $2.4m towards hereditary diseases.

GDPL’s main event is “Le 1000 km”, a 1000 km bike ride led by Pierre Lavoie from the Saguenay region of Quebec to Montreal, which raises funds to support these programs, as well as to raise awareness for healthy, active lifestyles.

Financial Review:

Le Grand défi Pierre Lavoie is a large-cap charity with donations inclusive of activity revenues of $10.2m in F2015. Its administrative costs are 6% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 3% of donations. This fundraising figure is likely understated as many of its activities, for which costs are not disclosed, also serve as fundraising events such as the 1,000km. Using reported numbers, for every dollar donated, 91 cents goes to its programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. Le Grand défi Pierre Lavoie has funding reserves of $9.6m which can cover program costs for 1 year.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.8%6.7%7.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.4%3.4%4.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 106.9%95.0%39.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 10,2228,8907,949
Government funding 1,1057961,349
Business activities (net) 1028469
Investment income 896560
Other income 92724
Total revenues 11,6109,8429,452
Program costs 8,9757,4486,400
Administrative costs 670655660
Fundraising costs 346299357
Cash flow from operations 1,6191,4412,034
Funding reserves 9,5997,0782,514

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