99 University Avenue
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Principal: Patrick Deane
Board Chair: Donald Raymond

Charitable Reg. #:10786 8705 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 85 cents are available for programs.

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About Queen's University:

Founded in 1841, Queen’s University is one of Canada’s oldest degree-granting institutions. Queen’s is a mid-size university in Kingston, Ontario. The university has eight faculties and schools, as well as the Bader International Study Centre located in East Sussex, United Kingdom. The faculties and schools include: Arts and Science, Education, Engineering and Applied Science, Health Sciences, Graduate Studies, Law, Smith School of Business, and Policy Studies. Queen’s reports that it is home to students from more than 100 countries, and international students make up approximately 10% of the student population.

Queen’s University had 18,935 undergraduate, 4,137 graduate, 541 students studying away, and 530 postgraduate medicine students, for a total full-time student population of 24,143 in F2018. Queen’s offers 125 graduate degree programs. In F2018, 26% of graduate students were international students coming from 80 countries. In F2018, Queen’s University had 1,147 full-time academic faculty members. This results in a student to faculty ratio of 21:1 in F2018. Queen’s also has a network of six libraries.

Queen’s University is home to 42 endowed and sponsored research chairs. It has 21 research centres and institutes within faculties, as well as the schools of business and law, or as partnerships with other institutions. The university reports that over 30,000 academics from 2,065 institutions worldwide are contributing authors in its research.

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Results and Impact

Queen’s University reports that 89.5% of students graduate within 7 years, which is the highest rate in Canada. According to Maclean’s 2018 University Rankings, Queen’s is 4th among medical-doctoral universities in Canada and 2nd for student satisfaction. The university reports that 91% of graduates are employed six months after graduation.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Queen’s University’s results and impact.

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Queen’s University received total donations of $102.3m in F2018. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 11% of donations. For every dollar donated, 85 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Net funding reserves of $1.4b (which includes donor-endowed funds of $1.1b) can cover 1.8 years of annual program costs. Excluding donor-endowed funds, Queen’s can cover 6 months of annual program costs.

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

Updated on July 24, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending April
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.5%3.7%3.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.1%12.1%8.4%
Total overhead spending 14.6%15.8%11.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 46.1%41.6%23.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 102,32183,983130,288
Government funding 385,347382,774364,312
Fees for service 354,021318,600292,239
Business activities (net) 95,61495,01195,464
Investment income 55,570148,56212,643
Other income 26,48520,86124,502
Total revenues 1,019,3581,049,791919,448
Program costs 769,060752,972766,948
Administrative costs 33,87933,08231,193
Fundraising costs 11,32110,14910,945
Other costs 13,99514,11113,895
Total spending 828,255810,314822,981
Cash flow from operations 191,103239,47796,467
Capital spending 101,27048,73849,385
Funding reserves 1,415,1431,338,2941,102,117

Note: Ci adjusted for amortization of deferred capital contributions, affecting revenues by ($24k) in F2018, ($25k) in F2017, and ($26k) in F2016. Ci adjusted for excess of investment income over spending on endowment fund, endowment contributions, and contributions for capital assets. This affected revenues by $96k in F2018, $130k in F2017, and $33k in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 2,766

Avg. Compensation: $130,310

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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