Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation

100 Stokes Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M6J 1H4
President & CEO: Deborah Gillis
Board Chair: R. Jamie Anderson

Charitable Reg. #:10693 2320 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 53 cents are available for programs.

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About Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation:

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation is a two-star charity with a high results reporting grade and high funding reserves that can cover grant spending for over nine years. The charity is financially transparent but has overhead spending outside of Ci's reasonable range.

Founded in 1988, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH Foundation) is the fundraising arm for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario. CAMH is the largest mental health and addiction hospital in Canada. The charity reports that around 450 million people across the globe struggle with mental illness, making it the leading cause of disability worldwide. It reports that one in two Canadians have had a mental illness by the time they reach 40 years of age. According to CAMH Foundation, 4,000 Canadians per year die by suicide, an average of almost 11 suicides per day. The charity gives grants in five main areas: Research, Capital and Redevelopment, Programs, Education, and Public Awareness. In F2022, it granted a total of $27.1m, representing a 27% decrease from the previous year. 

Research represented 68% of grant spending in F2022. The foundation funds mental health research in three areas: brain science, policy and prevention, and personalized care. The charity aims to revolutionize our understanding of mental illness through its research. In F2022, CAMH Foundation wrote 984 peer-reviewed articles. It also funded 21 research chair positions during the year. 

CAMH Foundation spent 22% of grants on Capital and Redevelopment in F2022. The funding in this grant area goes towards the renovation of old facilities at CAMH. In F2021, CAMH opened two new hospital buildings: the McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building and the Crisis and Critical Care Building. Overall, these buildings add 600,000 square feet and 235 inpatient beds to CAMH.

Programs represented 9% of grants in F2022. CAMH offers a wide variety of clinical care services to patients including medical assessments, brief interventions, inpatient programs, outpatient programs, day hospital services, continuing care, and family support. In F2022, the hospital had 36,400 unique patients, including 32,689 outpatients and 3,531 inpatients. It had 14,573 emergency department visits during the year. CAMH had almost 17,500 appointments for transcranial magnetic stimulation in F2022. This is a non-invasive brain stimulation used for treatment-resistant mental illnesses. Education and Public Awareness comprise the remaining 1% of grant spending.  

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Results and Impact

In F2022, a CAMH research study found that using pharmacogenetics as a treatment for depression caused an 89% increase in remission rates. Another study found that the use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on schizophrenic patients with cannabis use disorders helped reduce cannabis use among participants by 60%. 

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

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).


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CAMH Foundation is a Major 100 charity, one of Canada’s largest charities in terms of donations. In F2022, it received $38.0m in donations and special events revenue, representing a 31% decrease from F2021. During the year, the charity earned $11.7m in investment income, representing a 5% annual return. Its average annual investment return since F2012 is 5%. The average annual return of the S&P 500 from 2012 to 2021 is around 15%. 

Combined administrative and fundraising costs are 47% of total revenue excluding investment income. For every dollar donated to the charity, 53 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CAMH Foundation has $269.3m in net funding reserves, including $24.9m in donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor-endowed funds, CAMH Foundation’s net funding reserves can cover F2022 grant costs for around nine years and six months. Using average granting from the past three years, the charity could cover roughly 6.8 years of grant spending with its current funding reserves.

According to its most recent T3010 filing with the CRA in F2021, CAMH Foundation uses external fundraisers. It paid external fundraisers $1.0m to raise $4.8m in F2021, at a cost of $0.22 per dollar raised.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to CAMH Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 2nd, 2022 by Arjun Kapur.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 46.7%28.3%16.2%
Total overhead spending 46.7%28.3%16.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 945.6%671.8%458.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 35,00053,75486,986
Goods in kind 0323,266
Special events 2,9761,1787,633
Investment income 11,67129,265(5,729)
Total revenues 49,64784,22892,156
Grants 27,09537,06747,398
Donated goods exp 0323,266
Fundraising & administrative costs 17,74415,54915,812
Total spending 44,83952,64866,476
Cash flow from operations 4,80831,58025,680
Capital spending 197124118
Funding reserves 269,343264,767232,939

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted grants by changes in amounts due to CAMH hospitals. This affected expenses by ($3.4m) in F2022, $5.8m in F2021 and $1.8m in F2020. Ci reported donated capital assets, goods, and services as goods in kind, removing the amounts from donations and grants. Ci removed amortization from combined overhead costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 57

Avg. compensation: $139,065

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.camh.ca
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 416-979-6909


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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001