Terry Fox Foundation

150-8960 University High Street
Burnaby, BC V5A 4Y6
Acting Executive Director: Ara Sahakian
Board Chair: Bill Pristanski

Charitable Reg. #:10809 9979 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 68 cents are available for programs.

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About Terry Fox Foundation:

Founded in 1988, Terry Fox Foundation (TFF) was formed after Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Terry Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1977 and ran 5,373 km across Canada to raise awareness and money for cancer research. He died in 1981 after cancer spread to his lungs. TFF’s mission is to realize Terry’s vision of a world without cancer by funding cancer research.  

Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) is a research funding organization closely related to Terry Fox Foundation. Founded in 2007, it receives and re-distributes almost all TFF’s grant spending. TFRI funds translational research, which is research that translates lab discoveries into new treatments and technologies. TFRI also funds research on causes, treatments, and technologies related to various cancers, and supports new cancer researchers.  

Terry Fox Foundation and TFRI together distributed $21.7m in cash grants for cancer research in F2020. $1.8m of this was spent by TFF on international programs and grants. The rest was distributed in research grants by TFRI.  

TFRI funded 46 research projects at 98 institutions across Canada. TFRI uses an international panel of experts to allocate funds and claims to only fund the top 5% of Canadian researchers and their science. It funded 472 researchers in F2020. In F2019, 47 projects and 435 researchers received funding.  

TFRI is also funding a new cancer centre network, called the Marathon of Hope Network, that will allow cancer centres across Canada to share data and resources. Its current goal is to build a 15,000-person database of cancer genomes which can then be used for data analysis and the development of personalized treatments. TFRI spent $2.0m on this project in F2020.

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Results and Impact

TFRI funds and reports on many promising cancer research projects every year.  

Researchers at Dalhousie University, partially funded by TFRI, discovered that deletion of Interleukin-17 receptor (IL-17R), which regulates inflammation, may help doctors predict the aggressiveness of colorectal cancer in patients. The findings, which were published in the International Journal of Cancer in February 2019, showed that IL-17R deletion was present in over 50% of advanced colorectal cancer patients and these patients had worse survival rates than people without the deletion. 

Researchers from Sunnybrook Health Centre and the University of Toronto, partially funded by TFRI, used artificial intelligence to predict whether or not patients with locally advanced breast cancer would respond to chemotherapy. The model could predict outcomes with 96% accuracy. 

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

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Ci consolidated Terry Fox Foundation with Terry Fox Research Institute in the following financial analysis. 

Terry Fox Foundation is a Major 100 charity, meaning it is one of Canada’s largest charities in terms of donations. It received $24.9m in Canadian donations and $1.3m in international donations in F2020. 

Administrative costs are 15% of revenues and fundraising costs are 18% of donations. This results in a total overhead cost of 32%. For every dollar donated, 68 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. TFF has total funding reserves of $67.6m, which can cover 2.8 years of annual program costs. 

TFF’s audited financial statements report grant commitments of $38.9m over the next five years (F2021 to F2025) of which $2.7m is for international research organizations and $36.3m is for TFRI. Notably, TFRI’s audited financial statements report grant commitments of $43.2m over the same period, $42.7m of which is listed as supported by TFF. 

TFF holds $65.1m in investments, of which 64% is held in bonds, 34% is in Canadian and foreign equities, and 1% is in term deposits and GICs. With total investment income of ($809k), TFF earned a -1% return in F2020 compared to a 5.7% gain in F2019. 

The charity spent $75k on capital expenditures in F2020, $216k in F2019, and $273k in F2018. 

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

Updated on June 14, 2021 by Asha McMullin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.7%12.0%12.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.8%19.8%19.3%
Total overhead spending 32.5%31.7%32.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 282.1%263.5%358.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 24,86323,32422,925
International donations 1,3061,4631,143
Government funding 714471
Business activities (net) 276128187
Investment income (809)3,3932,096
Total revenues 25,70728,35226,423
Program costs - International 1,7851,323843
Program costs - Canada 22,19626,82922,091
Administrative costs 3,8922,9843,087
Fundraising costs 4,4234,6064,417
Total spending 32,29635,74330,438
Cash flow from operations (6,589)(7,390)(4,015)
Capital spending 75216273
Funding reserves 67,65074,17182,111

Note: In the consolidated statements, transfers between TFF and TFRI were removed reducing income and expenses by $23.8m in F2020, $28.1m in F2019, and $23.1m in F2018. Sale of merchandise is reported net of costs in business activities, reducing revenues and expenses by $675k in F2020, $613k in F2019, and $660k in F2018. Investment income is reported net of investment management fees reducing revenue and expenses by $307k in F2020, $341k in F2019, and $394k in F2018. Amortization of capital assets is backed out of administrative and fundraising costs. Other research funding and other incomes are included in Canadian donations.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 37

Avg. compensation: $94,174

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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Charity Contact

Website: www.terryfox.org
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