Canadian Constitution Foundation

1830-52 Street SE, Suite 240
Calgary, AB T2B 1N1
Executive Director: Marni Soupcoff
Board Chair: Andrew J Crooks

Website: www.theccf.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 86617 6654 RR0001
Sector: Public Benefit
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

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 ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #4

Avg. Compensation $136,656

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 2
< $40k 1
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Canadian Constitution Foundation:

Founded in 2002, Canadian Constitution Foundation’s (CCF) mission is to “protect the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through education, communication and litigation”. 

Through its Litigation program (77% of program costs) in F2016, Canadian Constitution Foundation’s support of Gérard Comeau in R v. Comeau resulted in him winning a New Brunswick court ruling over the interpretation of the Canadian Constitution regarding interprovincial free trade. The province has since appealed the decision and, as of July 2017, the case is set to be heard by The Supreme Court of Canada.

CCF also took on a civil forfeiture case in F2016 supporting Margaret and Terry Reilly. The Reillys had their rental property seized from them by the province of Ontario as some of their tenants allegedly sold illegal drugs while renting the property from the Reillys. The case was still pending as of July 2017.

Through its Education program (14% of program costs) in F2016, CCF released a research report entitled “Civil Forfeiture in Canada”, which investigates Canada’s civil forfeiture laws and their societal impact. Also in F2016, CCF founded the Runnymede Society, “a student membership organization dedicated to exploring the ideas and ideals of the rule of law, constitutionalism and individual liberty”.

Through its Communication program (9% of program costs) in F2016, CCF was referenced for its work on R v. Comeau in over 150 articles in national print and online media, CCF staff wrote over 120 articles for news outlets, and had appearances on radio and television over 90 times. Finally, CCF published a collection of scholarly articles entitled “Law, Liberty and the Canadian Constitution: A Freedom-Centred View” based on topics covered at the CCF’s annual Law and Freedom conference.

Financial Review:

Canadian Constitution Foundation is a small charity with donations of $958k in F2016. According to its CRA T3010 filing, CCF reports its administrative costs are 78% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 6% of donations. This is highly likely to be a misallocation in reporting that can be corrected. CCF's audited financial statements prepared by PWC provide itemized costs rather than "activity-based costing". This too can be corrected. As reported, for every dollar donated, 16 cents go towards CCF’s programs, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $842k in funding reserves, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 126%. This means that CCF can cover just under 1.3 years of its annual program costs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Canadian Constitution Foundation. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 14, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
201620152014
Administrative costs as % of revenues 77.9%10.1%21.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.2%0.7%1.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 126.3%132.1%67.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
201620152014
Donations 957,7851,651,158806,065
Special events 01,3500
Investment income 5,831726746
Other income 2,07560915,177
Total revenues 965,6911,653,843821,988
Program costs 667,058797,006576,672
Administrative costs 747,670166,083180,016
Fundraising costs 58,96411,32015,375
Other costs 13,9660250
Cash flow from operations (521,967)679,43449,675
Funding reserves 842,4531,053,080388,332
Note: Ci has included deferred donations and excluded amortization of deferred capital contributions from revenues to recognize revenue on a cash basis, affecting revenues by ($311k) in F2016, $585k in F2015, and by ($37k) in F2014. Ci backed out amortization from administrative costs, affecting administrative costs by ($11k) in F2016, ($7k) in F2015, and by ($10k) in F2014.

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