First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada

Suite 401 - 309 Cooper Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0G5
Executive Director: Cindy Blackstock
Board President: Raymond Shingoose

Charitable Reg. #:86018 0058 RR0001


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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) 72 cents are available for programs.

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About First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada:

Founded in 1998 at a national meeting of First Nations child and family service agencies, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFC) works to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nations youth and their families. FNCFC works towards its vision of a future where First Nations children and their families have culturally-based, equitable opportunities through its Advocacy/Awareness, Public Education, and Research programs. According to FNCFC, poverty rates for First Nations children on reserves across Canada are currently 60%. The charity did not provide a breakdown of spending by program.

Advocacy/Awareness: Through the emblem of FNCFC's Spirit Bear, the charity works to combat inequities in public services for First Nations children, youth and families by advocating for First Nations rights. The Spirit Bear is a member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, and represents the 165,000 First Nations children impacted by the 2016 First Nations Child Welfare Case at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. As such, the Bear regularly appears at Canadian Human Rights Tribunal hearings. In F2020, FNCFC submitted a report on Canada’s ongoing racial discrimination against First Nations children and their families to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The charity also gives out scholarships to promote education of or about First Nations people. Three students received its Jordan's Principle Scholarships in F2020.

Public Education: FNCFC strives to educate the public on reconciliation by developing resources that bring light to Canada's progress in this domain. In F2020, the charity published three new educational books on topics relating to First Nations culture and history, as well as distributed 800 books and 2,700 copies of its 2020 Guide to Reconciliation to schools, organizations and hospitals. In F2020, FNCFC appeared in the Canadian and international news over 250 times, and completed over 160 public education events.

Research: The charity works to further the rights of First Nations people through representation in research. FNCFC runs the First Peoples Child & Family Review - a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that honours the voices of First Nations people and non-Indigenous allies and supporters. In F2020, the charity published one issue of the First Peoples Child Family Review. Alongside University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education, FNCFC also co-runs the First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service. The Service focuses on translating research on structural disadvantages for First Nations children into practical community-based solutions.


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Results and Impact

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada's advocacy efforts have contributed to the The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's issuance of 12 procedural and non‑compliance orders, four of which were issued in F2020. These orders are in relation to FNCFC's role in a landmark 2016 ruling, where the Tribunal found the Canadian Government was racially discriminating against 165,000 First Nations children and their families in its provision of the First Nations Child and Family Services program by failing to implement the full scope of Jordan’s Principle. Jordan's Principle ensures that First Nations children can access the services they need, on the basis of substantive equality. FNCFC is actively involved in ensuring the government upholds Jordan's Principle. As a result of this ruling, over 691,000 services and products have been provided to First Nations children since 2017.

Charity Intelligence highlights these key results. They may not be a complete representation of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada's results. Charity Intelligence has not assessed impact on FNCFC. This shows as n/r, meaning not rated.

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First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada received donations of $1.2m in F2020. It also received $318k in business activities (contract services and publication sales). Administrative and fundraising costs combined are 28% of revenues (excluding investment income). For every dollar donated, 72 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity has funding reserves of $1.8m, which means the charity can cover 2.9 years of its annual program costs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated August 19, 2021 by Rachel Leteta.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 27.6%25.2%14.8%
Total overhead spending 27.6%25.2%14.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 287.0%176.0%258.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,208,808727,345763,156
Government funding 8,253102,237112,956
Fees for service 7,2348,98810,375
Business activities (net) 317,868443,486277,394
Total revenues 1,542,1631,282,0561,163,881
Program costs 616,428729,213390,226
Fundraising & administrative costs 426,315323,103172,764
Total spending 1,042,7431,052,316562,990
Cash flow from operations 499,420229,740600,891
Funding reserves 1,769,2501,283,3331,006,908

Note: Ci adjusted for government funding found in the charity's T3010a filing with the CRA. Ci also adjusted for deferred revenues, affecting total revenues by ($33k) in F2020, ($141k) in F2019, and $28k in F2018. Ci used its best judgement to report contract services and publication sales in business activities, assuming these figures are reported net by FNCFC. Amortization was taken out of administrative and fundraising costs to report on a cash basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 7

Avg. compensation: $31,743

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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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001