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 a high grade in results reporting.

Founded in 1992, Chalice Canada 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.

In F2021, Chalice Canada spent $25.3m directly on international programs. The remaining $2.0m in program spending was used for program office support and other miscellaneous costs.

Child sponsorship programs make up the majority of Chalice Canada’s spending. In F2021, Chalice Canada sponsored 50,122 children and elderly people in 14 countries. Of its total spending, 31% went to programs in Africa, 27% to Asia, 26% to Latin America, 10% to Ukraine and 7% to Haiti. Chalice Canada 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 Canada requires that sponsored children’s education expenses are a top priority in budgeting. 

Chalice Canada spent $1.7m on capital projects and human development in F2021. Chalice Canada built or repaired six schools, two homes, and two health centres. It has seven active water projects.

The remaining spending went toward program support costs, disaster relief, Christmas funds, nutrition programs, grants, critical needs, and mission trips. Through its nutrition program, the charity served 2,848,733 meals to 21,685 individuals in F2021. Its disaster relief program helped individuals affected by floods, food and security threats, and the covid-19 pandemic. Chalice responded to two housing emergencies, 74 medical emergencies, and two fire emergencies and assisted at two burials. 

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Results and Impact

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. It received $31.8m in donations and special events fundraising revenue in F2021. Administrative costs are 4% of total revenue (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 5% of total donations and special events revenue. This results in an overhead spending of 9%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 91 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Chalice Canada has funding reserves of $15.5m, of which $801k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, Chalice Canada can cover annual program costs for just over six months. 

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

Updated on June 14, 2022 by Ann Lei. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.8%5.2%4.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.4%3.8%5.9%
Total overhead spending 9.2%9.0%9.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 56.7%37.7%34.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 30,30329,50627,554
Special events 1,5461,531941
Investment income 1,076(110)218
Total revenues 32,92530,92628,713
Program costs - International 27,25626,57825,553
Administrative costs 1,2231,6231,127
Fundraising costs 1,7221,1841,683
Total spending 30,20129,38528,363
Cash flow from operations 2,7251,541350
Capital spending (1,324)129116
Funding reserves 15,44810,3519,086

Note: Ci adjusted for gain on disposal of capital assets affecting revenue by ($113k) in F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 46

Avg. compensation: $57,366

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 F2021

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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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