1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8
President: Dr. Patrick Deane
Board Chair: David Lazzarato

Charitable Reg. #:11903 5988 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 93 cents are available for programs.

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About McMaster University:

Founded in 1887, McMaster University relocated from Toronto to Hamilton, Ontario in 1930. The university was founded through a bequest from Senator William McMaster, founding president of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and chair of the Great Western Railway. McMaster University is a medical-doctoral, research-intensive university with undergraduate and graduate programs. It offers programs in six faculties: business, engineering, health sciences, humanities, science, and social sciences.

McMaster University had 27,282 undergraduates and 4,561 graduate students, for a total student population of 31,843 (of which 29,982 are full-time) in F2018. International students represented 113 countries and international graduate students made up more than 24% of the graduate student body. In F2018, McMaster University had 988 full-time instructional faculty members. Full-time faculty members represent 55 countries not including Canada.

McMaster University is home to 70 Canada Research Chairs, 112 endowed chairs, and 13 endowed professorships. McMaster has a global reputation for excellence in health research, and its new five-year Strategic Plan for Research aims to further enhance this commitment to research excellence. Since the winter of 2015, over 400 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have completed one or more courses for Teaching and Learning Certificates from the MacPherson Institute, which promotes the integration of pedagogical research into teaching practices.

In F2017, McMaster University published its first Community Engagement Report which includes a 2016-2021 Strategic Plan for Engagement. This represents McMaster’s move towards building an inclusive, sustainable greater Hamilton area.

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Results and Impact

McMaster University reports that in the 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement, 83% of respondents rated their entire McMaster educational experience as good, or excellent, compared with Ontario’s average of 77%. In the 2016 Ontario University Graduate Survey of McMaster’s 2014 undergraduates, 91.4% of respondents said that they were in full-time employment that was related to the skills they studied at university two years post-graduation. The Ontario average is 88.8%.

McMaster University reports that in F2018, several of its faculty were recognized for research excellence. The university says that two were named as Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada; two were elected to the Royal Society’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists; and two were awarded Killam Research Fellowships.

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

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McMaster University had total donations of $97m in F2018. Administrative costs are 2% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 5% of donations. For every dollar donated, 93 cents go to McMaster’s programs. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $1b can cover 1.2 years of annual program costs.

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

Updated on July 12, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending April
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.9%2.0%2.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.2%6.8%6.8%
Total overhead spending 7.1%8.8%9.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 117.6%119.3%123.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 97,12975,46374,856
Government funding 415,126406,419406,414
Fees for service 425,724384,593350,320
Investment income 54,25594,69713,172
Other income 77,11274,27370,307
Total revenues 1,069,3461,035,445915,069
Program costs 875,946856,445804,379
Administrative costs 19,24518,67019,971
Fundraising costs 5,0565,1625,108
Other costs 13,34013,3779,851
Total spending 913,587893,654839,309
Cash flow from operations 155,759141,79175,760
Capital spending 156,500111,70994,397
Funding reserves 1,030,2371,021,437994,242

Note: Administrative and fundraising costs were obtained from McMaster's T3010 CRA filing and were deducted from program costs. Ci made an adjustment for amortization of deferred capital contributions, reducing revenues by $40m in F2018, $41m in F2017, and $39m in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 4,212

Avg. Compensation: $100,223

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 F2018

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