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Dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport.
Sports & Recreation
Toronto, ON

Canadian Olympic Foundation

21 St. Clair Avenue E., Suite 900
Toronto, ON M4T 1L9
Treasurer: Rikesh Shah
President: Tricia Smith

Charitable Reg. #: 81772 9346 RR0001
Sector: Sports & Recreation
Public Foundation

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

Audited financial statements for current and previous years 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 #7

Avg. Compensation $86,889

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 2
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Canadian Olympic Foundation:

Founded in 2007, the Canadian Olympic Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Canadian Olympic Committee.  The foundation raises funds for Canadian Olympic teams, the next generation of Olympic athletes and the Canadian sport system. In F2015, the foundation granted $4.6m to the Canadian Olympic Committee: 41% to National Sport Organizations, 32% to Olympic Games Preparation, 16% to the  Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute, 4% to Game Plan, 3% to Canada Games Council, and 3% to Endowment Grants.

In 2015, Canadian Olympic Foundation launched an integrated brand campaign in conjunction with the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.  The campaign resulted in 6.2 million media impressions, 200% increase in web traffic, more than 800 new donors and an additional $30,000 in donations.

Established in 2004, Gold Medal Plates is the foundation's largest fundraising campaign which supports  Canadian athletes to live, train, and prepare for Olympic competitions.  The campaign raised more than $1m in 2015 alone and nearly  $11 million since 2004. 

In terms of ranking, Canadian Olympic Committee set the goal for Canada to rank 12th in the medal count in the London 2012 Summer games. Canada fell short and ranked 18th. Canada is sending a team of 313 athletes to the XXXI Olympics in Rio. The chair of Own the Podium, John Furlong, is striving for a top 12 ranking, with Infostrada Sports predicting that Canada will win 18 medals in Rio and finish 16th overall in the medal count. Go Canada!

Financial Review:

In F2015, Canadian Olympic Foundation spent 15% of revenues on fundraising and administrative costs combined, which is within Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range.  The foundation is consistently cost efficient from F2013 to F2015.  The charity has funding reserves of $13.6m, including $3.1m of donor-endowed funds.  The total funding reserve can cover annual grants for 3 years or 2.3 years excluding donor-endowed funds.  

In F2015, the foundation moved $8.7m of current assets into investments, incurring $516k of unrealized loss and $34k of investment management fees. 

Analysis conducted by Ruoxi Gao in 2016, currently under review by Canadian Olympic Foundation. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.8%8.1%8.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.2%8.5%12.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 294.3%161.1%105.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 10,8378,9709,353
Investment income 24300
Total revenues 11,0808,9709,353
Grants 4,6295,2193,776
Administrative costs 850730793
Fundraising costs 7827631,121
Cash flow from operations 4,8192,2583,663
Funding reserves 13,6258,4073,999
Note: The foundation does not report fundraising costs separately from administrative costs in its audited financial statements.  Charity Intelligence pulled cost breakdowns from CRA's T3010 data.  F2015 T3010 was not posted when this analysis was conducted in August of 2016, so Charity Intelligence reported the overhead costs together under administrative costs.  Charity Intelligence excluded unrealized loss from investment income, lowering total revenue and total expenses by $516k in F2015.      Footnotes: [1] Canadian Olympic Foundation 2015 annual report [2] Vicki Hall, “Canada strives to collect 18 Olympic medals in Rio”, Postmedia Network,

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