101-26 Union Street
Bedford, NS B4A 2B5
President: Fr. Patrick Cosgrove
Board Chair: J. Ron Robichaud

Charitable Reg. #:13759 1012 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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) 91 cents are available for programs.

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About Chalice Canada:

Chalice Canada is a 5-star rated charity with Good demonstrated impact on its international development programs. The charity has low overhead costs and best practices in financial transparency. Its annual report and website disclose information about its programs and outputs, leading to an above-average grade in results reporting.

Founded in 1992, Chalice Canada (Chalice) is a Catholic international aid charity focused on child, family, and community development. Chalice aims to help the impoverished in developing countries by funding families, nutrition programs, community infrastructure projects, and disaster relief programs. The charity works with lay people, religious missionaries, and local communities to provide care to children and families. Of its total spending, 28% went to programs in Africa, 27% to Asia, 23% to Latin America, 14% to Ukraine and 8% to Haiti. Chalice Canada provides program costs for some of its programs, but does not provide a total amount spent on Child Sponsorship in F2022. 

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

Child sponsorship programs make up the majority of Chalice Canada’s spending. In F2022, Chalice Canada sponsored 49,578 children and elderly people at 52 sponsor sites. Chalice uses a “Family Funding” model. The charity gives sponsorship money directly to the caregivers of sponsored children. Caregivers are placed in community groups with members of other Chalice-sponsored caregivers through which they receive financial training and learn how to budget for expenses. Caregivers meet monthly to discuss budgets for the upcoming month and spending in the previous month. Chalice requires that sponsored children’s education expenses are a top priority in budgeting.

In F2022, Chalice spent $3.2m on disaster response. It responded to 12 disasters. After the earthquake in Haiti, it sent relief funds to 1,445 children.

Chalice Canada spent $2.4m on capital/human development projects during F2022. It worked on 41 projects including nine skills development programs, seven education programs, and six school repair projects.

The remaining spending went toward program support costs, critical needs, and nutrition.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, as part of Chalice Canada’s response to the Ukraine War, it gave cash assistance to its sponsored families in Ukraine with a value of $303 per family.

Following Chalice Canada’s response to the 2021 earthquake in Haiti, 80% of students were able to start school on time. 100% of sponsored students returned to school in the academic year.

Chalice Canada launched its multi-phase African School Farming and Food Security Project in 2012. The charity works with the communities to build high-yield gardens on school and community lands that produce food for the schools’ daily lunch programs. In 2019, the enrollment of a participating school in Mikinduri, Kenya, increased by 6.5%. In the same year, the participating school's overall exam scores increased by 8%.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Chalice Canada’s results and impact. 

Ci has given Chalice a Good impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Good

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Chalice Canada is a Major 100 charity, meaning it is one of the country’s largest in terms of Canadian donations. In F2022, Chalice Canada received $33.1m in donations. Fundraising costs are 5% of donations and administrative costs are 4% of revenues (less investment income). Total overhead spending is 9%. For each dollar donated, 91 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Reserve funds of $13.3m can cover program costs at the F2022 level for five months. 

This is a charity update that has been sent to Chalice Canada for Review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated July 31, 2023 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.1%3.8%5.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.3%5.3%3.9%
Total overhead spending 9.5%9.1%9.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 42.2%56.7%38.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 33,12630,72929,200
Special events 1,1121,5461,531
Investment income 2201,076(110)
Total revenues 34,45833,35130,621
Program costs - International 31,60527,25626,578
Administrative costs 1,4191,2231,623
Fundraising costs 1,8291,7221,184
Total spending 34,85330,20129,385
Cash flow from operations (395)3,1501,235
Capital spending 314(1,324)129
Funding reserves 13,34215,44810,351

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred contributions, affecting total donations by $733k in F2022, $425k in F2021 and ($306k) in F2020. Ci adjusted for gain on disposal of capital assets affecting revenue by ($113k) in F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 47

Avg. compensation: $55,258

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

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comment is from a previous profile (September, 2020). Additional comments may be forthcoming. 

Since its inception, Chalice has been restoring hope and dignity to people in developing countries through our sponsorship program. Children and elders are selected for sponsorship based on need and family circumstances, regardless of race, age, ability, gender, or religion.

Each of our 57 sponsor sites, spanning across 15 developing countries, is under local direction. By working closely with those who live and experience the difficulties of poverty, we gain knowledge and insight on how to best respond to challenges. We assist our religious and lay partner organizations in caring for impoverished children, the homeless, sick, infirmed, and aged by providing health, education, shelter, water, and nutritional benefits. 

In order to better understand the changes that Chalice programs are having in the lives of children, their families, and communities, Chalice has established a Learning and Evaluation Framework (LEF) that will allow us to concretely measure what we do and understand our impact more broadly.

Indicators have been developed related to children, their families and communities that represent outputs and impacts of Chalice programming. Information about Chalice programming will be standard across all 57 Sites and allow for collation and analysis of data. More detailed evaluation and analysis of programs will be possible through deep dives, which will allow us to get an in-depth look at a specific program or follow-up key issues that surface through regular monitoring.  In 2019-20 Chalice’s LEF was introduced to Sponsor Sites, and we expect that it will be fully implemented in 2020-21.

Chalice provides assistance in the construction, repair and expansion of schools, clinics, hospitals, orphanages, homes, and provides projects and programming that benefit the financially poor. Chalice supports sponsor sites with various types of Community Projects under the following two categories: Human Development Programs (HDP) and Capital Projects (CP). Our projects and programs focus on Education and Training, Food Security, Nutrition and Water, Health, and Community Improvements that strengthen and empower families and communities.

Chalice is committed to being a leader and advocate for financial transparency and accountability, embodying the spirit of Christian stewardship central to Chalice’s mission and work, by providing access to our annual reports and audited financial statements.

We are dedicated to serving those in need around the world by bringing Christ to the poor and the poor to Christ.

Visit us at Chalice.ca to discover how you can help. Donors trying to reach Chalice Canada can call its toll free number: 1-800-776-6855

Charity Contact

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