Canadian Constitution Foundation

6025 - 12 St SE, Suite 215
Calgary, AB T2H 2K1
Executive Director: Joanna Baron
Board Chair: Andy Crooks

Charitable Reg. #:86617 6654 RR0001

STAR RATING

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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]

✔+

FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.

B

RESULTS REPORTING

Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

n/r

DEMONSTRATED IMPACT

The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.

NEED FOR FUNDING

Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.

86%

CENTS TO THE CAUSE

For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 86 cents are available for programs.



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OVERVIEW

About Canadian Constitution Foundation:

Founded in 2002, Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) aims to defend the constitutional freedoms of all Canadians. It focuses on legal cases that involve individual freedoms, rights to liberty, and rights to equal opportunity as guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. CCF also works to ensure that all Canadians have the knowledge to protect their constitutional rights.

Canadian Constitution Foundation’s main program is litigation. It also runs education and communication programs to help inform the public on rights and freedoms in Canada. The charity does not provide a program spending breakdown.

Through its litigation program, CCF brings cases to court in defense of constitutional freedoms. Its cases focus on six core topics: Covid-19, Free Expression, Healthcare, Individual Liberty, Property Rights, and Rule of Law. In F2020, CCF engaged in two cases involving healthcare and patient rights. In February 2020, it argued in the Cambie v. MSCB et al. trial to defend patient choice and private clinics in BC. In June 2020, CCF also appeared in the British Columbia Court of Appeal to compel the BC Government to disclose its legal costs under the Freedom of Information Act. To support free expression in F2020, CCF successfully challenged the Canada Elections Act and its restriction on publishing false statements about public figures, which the charity argued to be too broad and vague in its definitions.

Through its education and communication programs, CCF aims to inform Canadians on their constitutional rights and freedoms. It runs Primary Documents, an online database to archive Canada’s core constitutional documents. As of F2020, it states that it has archived more than 3,100 files. CCF also reports that it received more than 1,100 media and article mentions in F2020.

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Results and Impact

In F2020, Canadian Constitution Foundation chose to highlight two key victories among its free speech and rule of law cases. In Fleming v. Ontario, CCF persuaded the Supreme Court of Canada to rule that Randy Fleming was unfairly arrested for attending counter-protests against Indigenous groups in 2009. In Toronto (City Council) v. Ontario, CCF also received a favourable ruling from the Ontario Court of Appeal in F2020. It defended Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s decision to reduce the size of Toronto’s city council as constitutional, arguing that participation in municipal elections is not protected under free expression.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Canadian Constitution Foundation’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Finances

Canadian Constitution Foundation received $3.2m in donations in F2020. This included $155k in donations from related parties, such as the charity’s board of directors and organizations with shared directors. Administrative costs are 12% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 2% of donations, excluding donations from related parties. This results in total overhead spending of 14%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 86 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CCF has $1.9m in total funding reserves. The charity can cover 72% or between eight and nine months of annual program costs with its existing reserves.

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

Updated on August 24, 2021 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review


Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
202020192018
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.5%9.8%12.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 2.1%0.7%0.3%
Total overhead spending 13.6%10.4%12.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 71.9%40.8%24.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
202020192018
Donations 3,249,9035,053,9774,712,077
Investment income 238,1111,583
Other income 13,93114,9932,760
Total revenues 3,263,8575,077,0814,716,420
Program costs 2,637,3804,059,9173,860,770
Administrative costs 375,185494,098587,819
Fundraising costs 65,44333,66513,444
Total spending 3,078,0084,587,6804,462,033
Cash flow from operations 185,849489,401254,387
Capital spending 3,38700
Funding reserves 1,896,1591,658,001941,029

Note: Ci gathered program, administrative, and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA. Ci removed amortization from administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 6

Avg. compensation: $96,816

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
0
$300k - $350k
0
$250k - $300k
0
$200k - $250k
1
$160k - $200k
0
$120k - $160k
0
$80k - $120k
1
$40k - $80k
2
< $40k
2

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Charity Contact

Website: www.theccf.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001