Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation

300 Prince Philip Drive
St. John's, NL AIB 3V6
Executive Director: Lynette Hillier
Board Chair: Gary Smith

Charitable Reg. #:86250 7977 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 67 cents are available for programs.

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About Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation:

Established in 2004, Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation (DHBMC) raises money to improve the quality of treatment and supportive care programs provided to cancer patients in Newfoundland and Labrador. The charity donates money to various hospitals and healthcare centres in the province including the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Centre. In F2019, DHBMC disbursed $680k to patients and healthcare-related projects. The charity disburses funds in four main categories: Patient Support, Research, Education, and Partnerships.

Patient Support: This program made up 84% of granting in F2019. DHBMC's Patient and Family Support Fund provides cancer patients financial assistance for the unexpected costs that arise during their treatment. From April 2018 to April 2020, DHBMC provided 1,116 cancer patients financial support. This includes $284k distributed in cash, $11k in grocery purchases, and $10k for gas, purchases of artificial limbs, hotel stays, and specialty clothing.

Research: Disbursements for research made up 10% of DHBMC's spending in F2019. Through this program, DHBMC is able to participate in the Canadian Cancer Trials Network which works to increase access to academic clinical trials for cancer patients.

Education: This program accounted for 3% of disbursements in F2019. DHBMC awards Cancer Care Program staff who have applied to attend conferences, training, and advanced degree programs funding to increase their education. In F2020, DHBMC provided $30k to host the first-ever conference specifically for Mammography Technologists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The remaining 3% of grants went to Eastern Health for the Capital Fund. In F2020, DHBMC met its $5.0m fundraising goal to build a new chemotherapy suite for the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre. It plans to open the new chemotherapy unit in 2022.


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Results and Impact

Ci did not find any quantified outcomes for Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation.

Charity Intelligence has not assessed impact on DHBMC. This shows as n/r, meaning not rated.

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Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation received donations and special events revenue of $2.7m in F2019. Administrative costs are 19% of revenues and fundraising costs are 15% of donations. For every $1 donated, 67 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $4.1m in funding reserves, of which $1.2m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could run programs and distribute grants for 4.3 years using reserves.

Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation does not post its audited financial statements online and has not provided them to Ci upon request. Ci used the most recent financial statements, from F2019, sent from the Charities Directorate, in the financial analysis section, while the charity description uses information found in DHBMC's 2020 Annual Report.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 23, 2021 by Rachel Leteta.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 18.5%29.4%28.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 14.9%17.0%12.4%
Total overhead spending 33.4%46.4%41.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 433.8%394.2%342.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 981,8711,228,8911,239,968
Goods in kind 24,25526,1875,917
Business activities (net) 5,34011,87527,388
Special events 1,741,315244,28420,355
Investment income 46,90549,34998,092
Total revenues 2,799,6861,560,5861,391,720
Program costs 32,91832,28649,879
Grants 680,249649,479717,955
Administrative costs 508,089444,260370,073
Fundraising costs 405,664250,865156,088
Total spending 1,626,9201,376,8901,293,995
Cash flow from operations 1,172,766183,69697,725
Capital spending 00140,803
Funding reserves 4,072,0513,659,8593,651,614

Note: Ci reported Sparkles of Hope bracelet sales as net, affecting revenues and expenses by ($3k) in F2019, ($5k) in F2018, and ($15k) in F2017. Ci removed amortization from program costs. Salary information on the right is from the charity's F2019 T3010 filing, as the charity's most recent filing (F2020) is missing the full-time staff line item.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 5

Avg. compensation: $77,669

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 F2019

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.cancercarefoundation.nl.ca
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