Diabetes Canada

1400 - 55 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 2R5
President & CEO: Rick Blickstead
Board Chair: Jim Newton

Website: www.diabetes.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 11883 0744 RR0001
Sector: Health
Operating Charity

Social Results Reporting

Grade: B-

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 ]

Program Cost Coverage

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #300

Avg. Compensation $71,572

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 4
$160k - $200k 4
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Diabetes Canada:

Founded in 1953, Diabetes Canada works toward a world free from diabetes. In February 2017 Canadian Diabetes Association rebranded with the new name Diabetes Canada. With its new name and logo, Diabetes Canada seeks to speak with a bolder voice and raise greater public awareness on behalf of people with diabetes or at risk of diabetes. Diabetes Canada launched its new campaign End Diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic illness marked by unusually high blood sugar levels. In healthy individuals, the body produces a hormone called insulin that acts as the body's natural way of controlling blood sugar levels. People living with diabetes either lack insulin or form insulin that the body cannot use to regulate sugar levels. As a result, sugar accumulates in the bloodstream and is toxic to internal organs, blood vessels and nerves. People living with diabetes cannot naturally access these sugar stores and often suffer from extreme fatigue. Diabetes has cascading health effects, contributing to 30% of stokes, 40% of heart attacks, 50% of kidney failure, 70% of non-traumatic limb amputation and is the leading cause of blindness. Diabetes can shorten one's life expectancy by 5 to 15 years.

Canadian Diabetes Association's 2015 Report on Diabetes states that in the past 15 years, the number of Canadians living with diabetes has doubled. There are currently 3.5 million Canadians living with the disease, and an additional 1.5 million Canadians living undiagnosed diabetes. An additional 6 million Canadians are pre-diabetic. In 2016, 175,000 Canadians were diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is expected to rise by more than 40% in the next 10 years.

To combat diabetes, Diabetes Canada's primary work is in advocacy and education; raising public awareness of diabetes, informing Canadians about early screening tools, to reach people with diabetes who are undiagnosed. The 2017 Diabetes Canada campaign seeks to break the stigma and shame of diabetes.

Diabetes Canada also provides direct support to people living with diabetes. The charity runs expos, workshops and webinars for people to gain a better understanding of the disease. Over 30,000 people benefited from the 365 events held in 2015.

Diabetes Canada also funds research that investigate both diabetes treatments and a possible cure. The charity funded 78 research projects in 2015, one of the CDA's funded research teams recently developed two new drugs for diabetes treatment.

D-Camps are another program run by the CDA and provide a place for children with diabetes to connect with each other and learn how to live with the disease. The charity ran 50 D-Camps in 2015, attended by 2,400 kids and families.

Financial Review:

Diabetes Canada is a 'Major 100' – one of Canada's 100 largest charities. The charity collected $32.8m in donations and special events fundraising revenuesin F2015. Administrative costs are 18% of revenues and fundraising costs are 32% of donations. The charity's overhead spending falls outside Ci's reasonable range, with $0.50 of every dollar donated going to overhead costs. The Canadian average for large "big cap" charities is $0.26.

Diabetes Canada has $16.7m in funding reserves. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity's reserves cover 55% of annual program costs, showing a need for donations.

Diabetes Canada's Clothesline operation which picks up used clothing and donated household goods is held in a separate trust. Diabetes Canada receives the net profit from these Clothesline operations. In F2015 this was $10.5m compared with $11.5m in F2014 and $8.9m in F2013. Clothesline has an exclusive agreement with Value Village stores. Charity Intelligence consistently reports net profits earned related businesses as business income for all charities with similar operations. Diabetes Canada includes this net income from Clothesline operations as public support. This difference materially affects Diabetes Canada's financial ratios. Diabetes Canada reports fundraising costs from total support from the public at 26.9% in 2015, 30.9% in F2014, and 30.6% in F2013.

CDA changed its year end from August to December in F2014, making F2014 figures based on 16 months. Ci adjusted the Program cost coverage for F2014 to be based on 12 months of programming.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by the Canadian Diabetes Association. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 6, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi. Revised February 13, 2017 by Kate Bahen

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 18.3%14.9%11.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 32.4%36.0%39.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 55.2%41.4%58.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 29,19234,72826,668
Government funding 3,8047,5615,975
Fees for service 3,3634,9803,563
Lotteries (net) 0463190
Business activities (net) 11,67913,29410,269
Special events 3,6404,9404,287
Investment income 145337435
Other income 444706360
Total revenues 52,26767,00951,747
Program costs 24,53332,94525,570
Grants 5,7696,6517,160
Administrative costs 9,5159,9105,936
Fundraising costs 10,64514,26012,076
Cash flow from operations 1,8053,2431,005
Funding reserves 16,71816,41019,224
Note: Amortization has been removed from administrative, fundraising and program costs based on % of total expenses. Revenue reported as Events in the audited financial statements has been included in special event fundraising within the charity’s revenue breakdown.

Comments added by the Charity:

Founded in 1953, the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) is a registered charity that works toward a world free from diabetes. They lead the fight against diabetes by helping those affected by diabetes to live healthy lives, preventing the onset and consequences of diabetes, and discovering a cure. Dr. Charles Best, co-discoverer of insulin, helped create the Diabetes Association of Ontario in the 1940s—which became the CDA in 1953. Diabetes is a chronic, often debilitating and sometimes fatal disease, in which the body either cannot produce insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that controls the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Diabetes leads to high blood sugar levels, which can damage organs, blood vessels and nerves. The body needs insulin to use sugar as an energy source.

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Canada. Currently, 11 million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes, including those who are undiagnosed. By 2025, 13.6 million Canadians will have diabetes or prediabetes.

In the ongoing fight against diabetes, here’s how the CDA helps:

  • The CDA’s programs, education and services support people living with diabetes in their daily fight to live as well as possible with diabetes;
  • The CDA’s world-leading Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada represent the best evidence-based direction for health-care professionals;
  • The CDA’s funding ensures Canadian researchers remain at the forefront of diabetes breakthroughs. Since 1975, the CDA has invested more than $130 million in leading-edge diabetes research; and,
  • Advocacy efforts have led governments to develop policies that respect the rights of people living with diabetes and access treatments they need to live healthy lives.
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