2500-120 Adelaide Street W
Toronto, ON M5H 1T1
CEO: J. Denise Castonguay
Board Chair: Brent Babcock

Charitable Reg. #:83306 2144 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]


Audited financial statements available only upon request.



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) 97 cents are available for programs.

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About Canada Gives:

Founded in 2005, Canada Gives aims to promote charitable giving through donor advised funds. Donor advised funds offer donors the ability to easily fund charities of their choice and promptly receive tax receipts. Canada Gives simplifies giving by providing a central online platform to help donors compare charities, view quarterly reports of their funds, and consult with advisors.

In F2020, Canada Gives gave out $19.6m in donor advised funds to 625 organizations. Since founding, it states that it has distributed $57.3m.

Canada Gives offers a variety of online services to help donors set up donor advised funds and give to charities. It helps owners of private foundations switch from running independent foundations to donating through Canada Gives. The charity states that this helps private philanthropists continue to donate while saving on administrative costs from running their own foundations. It also recently launched the Canada Gives Donor Portal, which offers a central platform for donors to keep track of tax receipts and past grants. To help donors compare different charities, Canada Gives’ website includes a search function with reports on Canada’s more than 86,000 registered charities.

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Results and Impact

In F2020, Canada Gives facilitated 901 grants by 180 donor advised fund accounts. The charity does not report on other outcomes of its funding.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Canada Gives’ results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Canada Gives is a Major 100 charity, one of Canada's largest charities in terms of donations. It received $40.4m in donations in F2020, compared to $61.0m in F2019. In F2020, it distributed $19.6m in donor advised funds, up from $6.4m in F2019. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are less than 1% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 3%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 97 cents go to the cause. This is not within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending between 65 and 95 cents. However, given the low-cost nature of this charity, this likely does not raise concerns about understated overhead costs.

Canada Gives has $118.9m in total funding reserves, of which $118.7m is restricted cash and investments for donor advised funds. Excluding cash for donor advised funds, the charity can cover 32% or nearly four months of annual program costs with its existing reserves.

The charity’s financial statements disclose related party transactions. In F2020, it paid $130k in software licensing fees, $20k in rent, $14k in repair costs, and $8k in fees related to previous years to a company owned by Canada Gives’ CEO. It has a remaining balance of $160k to be paid to the company for additional software fees.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Canada Gives for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 13, 2021 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.8%1.5%3.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.1%0.1%0.2%
Total overhead spending 3.0%1.6%4.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 32.0%11.7%0.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 40,43561,02617,634
Investment income 5,2215,363(1,266)
Other income 978686494
Total revenues 46,63467,07616,863
Program costs - International 9111861
Program costs - Canada 630372285
Donor-designated donations 19,5916,4446,114
Administrative costs 1,175921690
Fundraising costs 494742
Other costs 2,4182,9104,826
Total spending 23,95210,81112,018
Cash flow from operations 22,68256,2654,845
Capital spending 19024
Funding reserves 118,89096,15339,334

Note: Ci reported investment income net of investment management fees. This affected revenues and expenses by ($580k) in F2020, ($321k) in F2019, and ($304k) in F2018. Ci classified costs related to life insurance premiums as other costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 3

Avg. compensation: $117,138

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.canadagives.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001