Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund

PO Box 749
Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0
President & CEO: Sarah Midanik
Board Chair: Bob Watts

Charitable Reg. #:78405 5915 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 1/5]


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) 92 cents are available for programs.

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About Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund:

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is a 1-star charity with a lower than average results reporting score. Its overhead costs are within Ci’s reasonable range, and it has reserve funds to cover program costs for six years and nine months.

Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to improve the lives of Indigenous people through awareness, education and connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

The charity has six programs: Legacy Schools Program, Legacy Spaces Program, Artist Ambassador Program, Youth Ambassador Program, ReconciliACTIONS and Oshki Wupoowane. The charity does not provide a breakdown of spending by program.

Through its Legacy Schools Program, the charity provides schools and clubs with educational resources to encourage awareness and reconciliation. On signing up for the program, educators receive an educational toolkit. Existing schools receive a booster kit. In F2022, 3,320 toolkits and 2,698 booster kits were distributed. In F2022, there were 5,139 active schools or clubs in the program.

Legacy Spaces are places created by corporations, the government or other organizations to spread awareness about Indigenous history and reconciliation. In F2022, there were 61 Legacy Spaces across 29 cities in seven provinces or territories.

The Artist Ambassador Program hosts events in Legacy Schools. Through music, art and stories, the artists in the program teach students about reconciliation. In F2022, the charity hosted 40 virtual and five in-person events with 31 artists.

The Youth Ambassador Program provides youth with the opportunity to gain work experience and leadership skills to support reconciliation. In F2022, 50 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth participated in the program.

ReconciliACTIONS are any actions towards reconciliation. The charity encourages individuals, communities, workplaces and schools to participate in these actions.

Oshki Wupoowane, or the Blanket Fund, is a $1.5m fund. This fund will support Indigenous cultural, educational and artistic activities. It has two types of grants: Reconciliation Action Grants ($1,500 to $15,000) and Capacity Building Grants (up to $175,000 per year).

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence did not find any quantified outcomes on The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund’s website. This may not be a complete representation of the charity’s results and impacts.

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund received $5.4m in Canadian donations in F2022. It also received $133k in government funding, which was 2% of revenues.

Administrative costs are 8% of revenues (less investment income) and reported fundraising costs are 0% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 8%. For every dollar donated, 92 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund has reserve funds of $12.1m. The charity can cover almost six years and nine months of its annual program costs with its existing reserves.

In its most recent T3010 filing, the charity only reported nine of the ten highest paid salaries. In addition to its salaries, The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund paid $214k in professional and consulting fees in F2022 ($246k in F2021 and $1.1m in F2020).

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 26, 2023 by Kiara Andrade.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.8%11.3%12.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.1%0.2%0.5%
Total overhead spending 7.9%11.5%12.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 671.6%757.7%307.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,3811,8632,038
Government funding 1334721,290
Special events 00134
Investment income 54273394
Other income 364876
Total revenues 6,0923,1163,631
Program costs 1,8071,0932,164
Administrative costs 434269428
Fundraising costs 2411
Total spending 2,2441,3662,603
Cash flow from operations 3,8481,7501,028
Capital spending 1526
Funding reserves 12,1348,2846,651

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by $261k in F2022, ($91k) in F2021 and $575k in F2020. Ci adjusted for deferred government donations, affecting revenues by $83k in F2022, $29k in F2021 and $171k in F2020. Ci reported administrative costs and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 filings, which reconciled with its financial statements, and removed amortization from program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 18

Avg. compensation: $61,779

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: downiewenjack.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001