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) 90 cents are available for programs.

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About Chalice Canada:

Founded in 1992, Chalice Canada is a Catholic international aid charity focused on child, family and community development. Chalice aims to help poor people in developing countries by sponsoring families and funding community projects, critical needs, disaster relief, and nutrition projects.

In F2019, Chalice Canada spent $23.2m directly on international programs. The remaining $2.3m in program spending was for program office support and mission trips.

Child sponsorship accounted for 74% of program spending in F2019 (includes traditional sponsorship funds as well as special gifts). Special gifts represent funds sent to families of sponsored children meant for specific purposes (birthdays, education needs, housing repairs, or medical requirements). Chalice Canada has 57 sponsor sites in 15 developing countries. It sponsored 51,007 children in the year: 31% in Asia, 28% in Africa, 27% in Latin America, 9% in Ukraine and 6% in Haiti. Chalice recently launched its Family Funding model to better meet the needs of the families it serves. Families of sponsored children now receive financial training, learning how to budget for expenses. Families also have bank accounts where sponsorship money is deposited from Chalice Canada. Families meet with Family Circles (community groups) every month 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 family budgeting.

Gift catalogue funds were 7% of program spending in F2019. These funds are sent to sponsorship sites that request funding for specific items. During the year, Chalice sent $495,000 to sponsor sites for animals and farming needs, $408,000 for critical needs, $232,000 for livelihood and nutrition work, $211,000 for community development work, and $326,000 for education, health, and household needs. Projects and programs were 4% of program spending in F2019. Chalice had 31 active water projects in the year. It built or repaired 23 schools and 211 homes, and it reached 55,582 people with skills development training. 

The remaining 15% of program spending was on program support costs, disaster relief, Christmas funds, nutrition programs, grants, critical needs, mission trips, and prayer ministry activities. Nutrition programs served 4,249,175 meals and trained 23,266 caretakers in nutrition provision during the year. Chalice responded to two housing emergencies, 43 medical emergencies, and four other emergencies through its critical needs spending.

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Results and Impact

Chalice posts annual impact reports for its sponsor sites on its website.

At the Mbinga sponsor site in Tanzania, a borehole well was dug for a local school in F2019. Over 1,300 students now have access to clean drinking water. At the Gilgil site in Kenya, Chalice funds food programs in three public schools to encourage student attendance. The program fed 2,015 kids in F2019 and helped reduce the number of street children in Gilgil by 45%. The Pinife sponsor site in Lima, Peru reports that in F2019, 90% of sponsored kids and teenagers have better nutrition levels. The Chiclayo site, also in Peru, reports that in F2019,  90% of kids and teens have normal nutrition levels according to BMI measures.

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

Ci has rated Chalice as Good impact based on demonstrated impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: Good

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Chalice Canada is one of Canada’s largest charities in terms of donations – a Major 100. It received $28.5m in donations and special events fundraising in F2019. Administrative costs are 4% of revenue (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 6% of donations and special events. For every dollar donated to the charity, 90 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Chalice’s funding reserves of $8.1m include $281k in donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor endowments, the charity’s reserves can cover annual program costs at the current level for under four months. Chalice relies on annual donations to fund its operations.

This report is an update that has been sent to Chalice for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Report updated on July 30, 2020 by Katie Khodawandi. Results Reporting grade updated on September 9, 2020 by Katie Khodawandi. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.0%4.5%3.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.9%6.2%4.9%
Total overhead spending 9.9%10.7%8.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 30.6%37.0%40.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 27,55425,88626,551
Special events 9419961,491
Investment income 218118644
Total revenues 28,71327,00128,686
Program costs - International 25,55325,31824,047
Administrative costs 1,1271,2051,052
Fundraising costs 1,6831,6761,364
Total spending 28,36328,19926,463
Cash flow from operations 350(1,199)2,223
Capital spending 11613052
Funding reserves 8,0869,58010,067

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 48

Avg. Compensation: $53,389

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 F2019

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

" 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. "

Comments provided by Chalice September 24, 2020

Charity Contact

Website: www.chalice.ca
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Donors trying to reach Chalice Canada can call its toll free number: 1-800-776-6855

Tel: 902-252-3911