More donor dollars for fundraising than research - Macleans.ca

More donor dollars for fundraising than research

Proportion of cash Canadian Cancer Society spends on research drops as donations increase

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The Canadian Cancer Society is spending more of its money on fundraising and administration than research, a CBC Marketplace investigation has revealed. An analysis of the organization’s financial reports over the last 12 years shows that as it raised more cash, the proportion of dollars spent on research dropped from 40.3 per cent in 2000 to less than 22 per cent in 2011. A McMaster University researcher set up a booth at a recent Relay for Life fundraiser in Ancaster, Ont. to raise awareness about the trend. He says most scientists don’t realize as the charity’s budget has increased, its research budget has shrunk.

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