Human Concern International

877 Shefford Road, Unit 4
Ottawa, ON K1J 8H9
Executive Director: Mahmuda Khan
Board Chair: Syed Mumtaz Akhtar

Charitable Reg. #:10749 7125 RR0001


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

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Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 75 cents are available for programs.

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About Human Concern International:

Founded in 1979, Human Concern International (HCI)’s mission is to end global poverty and save lives. It carries out emergency relief, education, WASH, healthcare, orphan care, and livelihoods projects in countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Human Concern International is the oldest Islamic relief charity in Canada. It also runs a Child Sponsorship Program and collects Zakat funds to carry out food security projects for Ramadan and Zabiha campaigns. HCI follows a community needs-based approach in its activities. It completes needs assessments on the communities it plans to work in, and then partners with local organizations, institutes and governments to deliver programs.

HCI’s most recent annual report, which includes F2018 results, provides a spending breakdown for the F2019 operating year. Its spending breakdown by region was: 38% to activities in the Middle East, 37% to activities in Asia, 22% to activities in Africa, and 3% to other regions. Its spending breakdown by program is as follows: 21% for disaster relief, 16% for education projects, 13% for child sponsorship, 12% for social and economic development initiatives, 11% for healthcare projects, 13% for Zabiha and Ramadan food distribution initiatives, and 6% for other food projects (the remaining 8% represents administrative costs, gifts in kind, and water and sanitation projects).

HCI reports on its website that its child sponsorship program operates in over 15 countries. HCI partnered with the Centre for Development Service in F2018 to provide 50 children in Egypt with packages containing food as well as school and medical supplies.

One of HCI’s sustainable development initiatives in F2018, a water project in India, built 15 tube wells in rural villages that provide access to clean drinking water for ‘up to 30 families.’ HCI also built six deep wells in Tharparkar, a remote area in Pakistan facing water shortages.

To provide emergency aid in Yemen, HCI supplied 10 health centers with cholera medicines and education sessions on preventing disease and proper hygiene in F2018. HCI also distributed 408 food baskets to displaced families in Yemen affected by conflict. To help Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar, HCI set up a rehabilitation center in Bangladesh during the year. The charity reports on its website that between 800,000 and 1.1 million Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh.

News: July 7, 2019, Associated Press reports that Pakistani Ali Nawaz, using multiple bank accounts linked with Human Concern International, was arrested for funding al-Qaeda militants. HCI responded to this report by creating a special webpage where people can receive updates on this issue, found here.  HCI has held meetings with high-level Pakistan authorities who confirm that there are no allegations of wrongdoing. Ali Nawaz has been released on bail. HCI's internal review has not found any mismanagement, misuse of funds or misconduct. HCI assures its donors that HCI operates transparently with full financial accountability, and closely monitors and evaluates its charity work.

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Results and Impact

Through its seasonal Ramadan projects in F2018, HCI reports that in Bosnia, 705 refugee families received food and clothing. In Lebanon, food packages were distributed to 1,500 refugee families without the financial means for basic needs.

In Bangladesh, HCI’s Emergency Relief for Refugee Camps project distributes emergency aid such as food, hygiene kits, latrines, and antiseptic supplies. The charity reports in its F2018 annual report that 6,000 people have been helped through this project.

Charity Intelligence has given Human Concern International a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Human Concern International did not provide audited financial statements upon request. The following financial analysis uses unaudited statements received from the CRA after filing a request for information. The CRA Charities Directorate recommends all Canadian charities receiving more than $250,000 in annual donations have independently, externally, professional audited financial statements.HCI's financial statements were previously professionally audited.

Human Concern International is a large charity, receiving just under $9.0m in donations in F2018. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 11% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, 75 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Funding reserves of $4.3m can cover annual program spending and grants at the F2018 level for just under eight months.

The charity’s F2018 T3010 CRA filing reports two grants to other charities: $17k to Humanitarian Mobility International and $10k to Muslim Community of Quebec.

Updated on August 21, 2019 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.9%10.8%8.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 10.7%8.7%6.2%
Total overhead spending 24.6%19.5%14.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 63.7%101.1%0.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,9665,5357,849
Business activities (net) 131630
Investment income (28)347
Other income 2118
Total revenues 8,9535,5967,893
Program costs 6,7444,5895,978
Grants 277325
Administrative costs 1,244599657
Fundraising costs 963483484
Total spending 8,9785,7447,144
Cash flow from operations (25)(148)749
Capital spending 04110
Funding reserves 4,3164,71345

Note: Capital expenditures previously reported in the charity’s cash flows statement could not be reported in F2018 because the financial document Ci received from the CRA included only the balance sheet and income statement. HST receivable also could not be reported in funding reserves in F2018 for this reason. Ci used the T3010 CRA filings for grants figures and backed the amounts out of program costs. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 9

Avg. Compensation: $65,704

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 F2018

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