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Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation

Bell Gateway Building, 100 Stokes Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M6J 1H4
President & CEO: Deborah Gillis
Board Chair: Thomas Milroy

Charitable Reg. #: 10693 2320 RR0001
Sector: Health - Hospital Foundation
Public Foundation

Results Reporting

Grade: A

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

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #47

Avg. Compensation $127,374

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 1
$300k - $350k 2
$250k - $300k 1
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 3
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation:

Founded in 1988, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH Foundation) generates funds for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction hospital. The charity reports that 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness or addiction problem in any given year. According to CAMH Foundation, mental health care in Ontario is underfunded by roughly $1.5 billion. In 2017, CAMH Foundation reports granting $16.7m to CAMH and $394k to other organizations, including SickKids Foundation and FoodShare Toronto. The Foundation classifies its grants into three main groups – Research & Care, Infrastructure & Redevelopment, and Education & Public Awareness.

The Foundation’s Research and Care grants (78% of grants in F2017) helped CAMH care for 34,380 people with mental illnesses. The charity reports the average inpatient length of stay was 19 days. The Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute is one of CAMH’s major research facilities. CAMH’s research focuses on better understanding the brain and the various causes and treatments for mental illness.

The charity also provides grants for healthcare Infrastructure and Redevelopment (18% of grants in F2017). In 2014, CAMH Foundation launched its $200 million Breakthrough Campaign to improve treatment facilities and further research for mental illness and addiction. The campaign is Canada’s largest for mental health. Plans for 2018 include building two facilities in Toronto – the Complex Care & Recovery Building and the Crisis and Critical Care Building. These facilities provide a space for both patients with complicated problems and acute issues to receive care and support for their recovery.

CAMH Foundation’s Education grants (4% of grants in F2017) helped CAMH train 1,595 students and research fellows during the year. The charity reports to have 15,000 mental health professionals participate in CAMH training sessions, and 31,542 visits to its online courses in 2017.

CAMH Foundation’s Breakthrough campaign (2014-2017) raised $285 million as of November 2017 with an additional $100 million unrestricted donation in January 2018. This far exceeds the original fundraising goal of $200 million. The $100 million unrestricted donation will be called the Discovery Fund and used to hire top talent and fund young scientists, and leverage data on brain science. The Breakthrough Campaign followed up on CAMH Foundation’s $100 million Transforming Lives campaign (2005-2011) for the hospital’s re-development, research and patient care. The Transforming Lives campaign also surpassed its goal by raising $108 million.

After serving 4.6 years as President & CEO of Catalyst Inc. in New York, Deborah Gillis was named the new CEO of CAMH Foundation in April 2018.

Results and Impact: Key research findings from 2017 include a nutritional supplement kit that is given to women after giving birth. This medication reduced post-partum depression that affects an estimated 38,000-57,000 new Canadian mothers each year. CAMH Foundation’s research grants led to 535 scientific articles being published in peer-reviewed journals in 2017. CAMH’s website had 3,388,860 visits in 2017 and was mentioned in the media 14.5 times per day, on average.

Financial Review:

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities, which received monetary donations and special events fundraising of $53.5m in F2017, a 96% increase from F2015. Total administrative and fundraising expenses are 21% of revenues, an improvement from F2016. Per dollar donated to CAMH Foundation, $0.21 goes towards its grants, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Ci included special events costs of $1.1m in total fundraising and administration expenses, which is 39% of special events fundraising revenue for F2017.

Funding reserves of $127.5m can cover annual granting costs for 7.2 years. Excluding donor-endowed funds of $14.9m, the Foundation’s reserves can cover annual granting costs for more than 6.6 years.

CAMH Foundation uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In F2017, CAMH Foundation reported paying $2.7m to external fundraisers. The charity did not report the revenue raised by the external fundraisers on behalf of the charity for F2017 in its T3010 CRA filings; however, in F2016, the charity reported paying external fundraisers $2.7m to raise $38k, a cost of over $71 per dollar raised by the external fundraisers.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to CAMH Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 15, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 20.7%27.2%29.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 721.5%728.2%1,068.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 50,62036,15725,443
Special events 2,8952,3801,689
Investment income 6,344(284)5,002
Total revenues 59,85938,25332,134
Grants 17,66613,2447,662
Fundraising & administrative costs 11,08710,4698,100
Cash flow from operations 31,10614,54016,372
Funding reserves 127,45296,44181,838
Note: Ci adjusted for changes in amounts due to CAMH, affecting grants by $614k in F2017, ($2.7m) in F2016 and ($3.6m) in F2015. Total fundraising and administrative expenses includes special events fundraising costs. Amortization of capital assets has been backed out of total fundraising and administrative expenses.