Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sources of Revenue for Nonprofit Mental Health and Addictions Organizations in Canada

The abstract of an article published in the October 2010 edition of Psychiatric Services:

By Carissa Escober-Doran, B.S.N., M.P.A., Philip Jacobs, D.Phil., C.M.A. and Carolyn Dewa, M.P.H., Ph.D.


Ms. Escober-Doran and Dr. Jacobs are affiliated with the Institute of Health Economics, 10405 Jasper Ave., Suite 1200, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3N4, Canada (e-mail: escober@ualberta.ca). Dr. Dewa is with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario.


OBJECTIVE:

In Canada charitable or nonprofit organizations provide government-contracted mental health and addictions services, and they augment government funding by raising charitable revenues. This study estimated by source the revenues of nonprofit mental health and addictions organizations in Canada.

METHODS:

A list of nonprofit, service-providing organizations in Canada was developed, financial returns to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in 2007 were obtained, and data were analyzed in aggregate.

RESULTS:

Information was obtained from 369 Canadian organizations, which had $915.4 million (Canadian dollars [CAD]) in total revenues: 85% were from the government, 4% were from charitable giving, and 11% were from other sources.

CONCLUSIONS:

The ratio of charitable giving to government funding of mental health care was about 0.55% ($35 million to $6.3 billion CAD). This charitable giving level cannot compensate for the relatively low levels of total government mental health spending identified in government reports.


Posting of this abstract is for the purposes of research into funding of nonprofit mental health organizations.

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