Every donation you make to CAMH enables us to directly help Canadians living with mental illness—and countless more worldwide—through the discoveries we share.
Making Every Dollar Count
Unlocking the mysteries of the brain. Finding new ways to treat people with life-altering challenges—or prevent them in the first place. Advocating on behalf of those who have been underserved or ignored by the system for too long. Eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness. These are not easy challenges to solve.
But together, we're rising to meet them through hard work and a commitment to make the most of every dollar generously donated to CAMH. By minimizing expenses and investing wisely, we're funding breakthrough research, building new facilities and shining light where only shadows existed before.
We are at a critical inflection point. The needs of the crisis continue to grow, while the possibilities generated by our research become ever-more exciting. Every dollar donated is able to provide twice as much impact by fighting stigma and driving breakthroughs.
Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, CAMH Foundation
for every $1 spent
Raising Funds Wisely, Efficiently and with Transparency
The mark of any good fundraising organization is its ability to minimize costs so the maximum percentage of every dollar donated is directed to the people who need it most—the ones you're trying to help.
At CAMH, where we have significant funding gaps to close, this couldn't be more important. For the year ended March 31, 2017, we're very proud to report a fundraising ratio of just 18.6 per cent expenses to revenue. That means for every $1 spent fundraising, we were able to raise nearly $5. As a point of comparison, Revenue Canada guidelines consider a fundraising ratio of up to 35 per cent as acceptable practice.
While mental illness accounts for about 10 per cent of the burden of disease in Ontario, it receives just 7 per cent of healthcare dollars—creating a deficit of approximately $1.5 billion annually. Only through donations from people like you are we able to make up the difference and continue to move the dial on change. Over the past few years, those dollars have made a real impact on people's lives and led to some of the most exciting breakthroughs in CAMH's long history.
Pioneering genetic tests to match patients with the most effective psychiatric medications based on their DNA
Leading groundbreaking research on multiple sclerosis and PTSD, unveiling promising new treatments
Revealing connections between brain changes in natural aging and in depression, as targets for new therapeutics
Eliminating the precursor to postpartum depression with a natural dietary supplement
Developing early interventions for psychosis in youth using brain imaging to understand stress and risk of illness
Conducting leading-edge brain imaging across the lifespan of schizophrenia
Expanding Project ECHO to better serve remote Aboriginal communities through telepsychiatry technology
CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program and Clinical Outreach Service were active across Ontario in over 200 communities, fulfilling CAMH’s provincial mandate to build a better mental health system.
CAMH works collaboratively with partners across Canada on high-impact national initiatives. Examples include a research project looking at mental health system performance across five provinces; working with community agencies in seven provinces and three territories to improve youth access to treatments for substance use and co-occurring concerns; training for 2,400 service providers across Canada in mental health promotion, treatment and support to Syrian and other refugees who resettle in their communities.
CAMH is a World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Addiction and Mental Health. CAMH is leading and participating in over 700 innovative mental health initiatives and research projects in 58 countries.