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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
Sector: Health - Hospital Foundation
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 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 #6

Avg. Compensation $65,301

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

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

About Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation:

Established in 2004, Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation raises funds to support the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre and its affiliate cancer programs throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The foundation estimates that roughly 300 people visit the cancer centre every day. The funds are used to support four areas: enhancing regional programs close to patients' homes, supporting education and research projects, funding patient support programs and services, and acquiring cancer treatment equipment. All contributions to the foundation remain within the province. In F2015 disbursements totaled $489k, with $203k allocated to patient support programs and research, and $157k granted to the Capital Fund – Eastern Regional Health Authority.

Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation also operates a Patient and Family Support Fund that assisted 482 cancer patients and their families in dealing with the financial burdens of their cancer diagnosis in F2016. Of total disbursements from this endowment fund, $10k in grocery gift cards and $4k in gas cards were given to families. In addition, 1.7m Aeroplan points were used to book 88 flights for patients travelling to and from cancer treatments.

In F2016, 3 radiation therapists travelled to Toronto for brachytherapy training. Brachytherapy is a radiation therapy that involves the insertion of a radioactive substance directly into or near to the cancerous tissue of the patient. This is a common therapy for prostate cancer. The foundation also funded equipment necessary for this new treatment, including an endocavity transducer and an abdominal transducer. This equipment will help image the body by ultrasound.

In September 2016, the foundation reopened the Garden of Hope, along with a new tribute wall. The foundation anticipates that the garden will provide a comfortable and relaxing environment for cancer patients and their families.

Financial Review:

Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation is a medium-sized charity with $1.7m in donations and special events fundraising in F2015. Administrative costs were 21% of revenues and fundraising costs were 27% of donations. Fundraising costs nearly doubled between F2014 and F2015. Moreover, campaigns and the Memorial Program brought in $495k less in F2015 than F2014. As such, for every $1 donated, 52 cents went to the cause in F2015. This falls outside of Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The foundation has $2.6m in funding reserves, of which $1.2m are donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the foundation can cover annual grants 2.1 times.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 27, 2017 by Juliana Badovinac.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 21.3%23.0%21.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.6%15.0%12.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 364.7%200.0%261.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,130,8641,604,6901,833,961
Goods in kind 16,60703,726
Business activities (net) 03,80225,109
Special events 554,531198,582173,272
Investment income 57,65866,16771,105
Total revenues 1,759,6601,873,2412,107,173
Program costs 218,864180,150207,329
Grants 489,3791,186,816878,996
Administrative costs 362,389416,326435,567
Fundraising costs 447,825270,080244,224
Other costs 08,25712,297
Cash flow from operations 241,203(188,388)328,760
Funding reserves 2,582,6482,733,2092,845,479
Note: Ci reported business activities (Sparkles of Hope – bracelet sales) net of expenses, reducing revenues and expenses by $2k in F2014 and $42k in F2013. Ci did not include wages, salaries and benefits in disbursements, reducing grants and increasing program costs by $102k in F2015, $102k in F2014 and $95k in F2013. 

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