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Sens Foundation

1000 Palladium Drive
Kanata, ON K2V 1A5
President & CEO: Danielle Robinson
Board Chair: Grahan Macmillan

Charitable Reg. #: 88097 5065 RR0001
Sector: Intermediary - Sports
Public Foundation

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 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 #8

Avg. Compensation $86,237

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 2
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 1
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Sens Foundation:

Founded in 1998, Ottawa Senators Foundation (Sens Foundation) has a mission to empower children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness. The Foundation is affiliated with the Ottawa Senators hockey team.

In F2016, Sens Foundation granted $3.5m in financial support across programs in four areas: social recreation, education, mental health, and Roger Neilson House. It also donated 3,000 pieces of autographed merchandise, 2,000 game tickets, and 45 hockey or concert suites at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata.

Many of the Foundation’s programs operate with the intention to increase access to recreational sport. In F2016, 530 kids were equipped with new skates, helmets, and skating lessons on outdoor community skating rinks. Sens Foundation and the Senators Hockey Club have committed to building 20 community rinks in the Ottawa, Gatineau, and surrounding regions, of which 9 have already been built. These rinks will provide year-round activities for youth; from hockey in the winter, to basketball and lacrosse in the warmer seasons.

The Foundation's Sens@School program has engaged 67,000 students in over 1,750 classrooms across eastern Ontario and western Quebec. It provides curriculum-based education using the sport of hockey to inspire students' imaginations. Ottawa Senators Foundation has also endowed more than $1.9m at post-secondary institutions across the Ottawa region. Since the inception of these funds, more than 300 bursaries have been granted.

Mental Health programs include Hockey Talks, an annual Youth Mental Health Awareness themed night in February that aims to bring mental health issues into public discussion. Seven Canadian NHL teams host this event in collaboration through in-arena messaging, online storytelling, and by sharing information and experiences at Hockey Talks game nights.

Roger Nielson house is an 8-bedroom pediatric palliative care home. It provides end of life care, grief and bereavement counselling, and other support services to children and families facing progressive life-limiting illnesses. In F2016, Sens Foundation contributed $328k to the home, accounting for 18% of the charity’s operating costs. 

Financial Review:

Sens Foundation is a medium-sized charity with $2.7m in donations and special events fundraising in F2015. Administrative costs were 9% of revenues and fundraising costs were 50% of donations. For every $1 donated, 41 cents went to the cause. This falls outside of Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The Foundation has $3.8m in funding reserves, which can cover annual grants 2.2 times.

In F2014, the Foundation incurred $194k in construction costs and furniture and fixtures additions related to a new office space. Prior to this, the Foundation did not have any capital assets. F2015 was the first year in which amortization for these assets has been recognized.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Sens Foundation. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 6, 2017 by Juliana Badovinac.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending July
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.3%5.2%6.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 49.8%46.0%37.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 222.9%169.0%158.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,965,7211,717,9701,398,231
Lotteries (net) 683,074466,429428,190
Special events 759,373977,477970,840
Investment income 239,707332,433206,696
Total revenues 3,647,8753,494,3093,003,957
Grants 1,691,5591,869,9431,873,683
Administrative costs 315,676164,250177,137
Fundraising costs 1,357,3541,240,779884,845
Other costs 28,98724,40721,522
Cash flow from operations 254,299194,93046,770
Funding reserves 3,769,7723,160,9202,970,944
Note: Ci backed out the 50/50 lotteries from fundraising revenues and expenses and presented them as net, affecting revenues and expenses by ($109k) in F2015, ($782k) in F2014, and ($667k) in F2013. Other costs include investment management fees.

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