Amnesty International - Canadian Section

312 Laurier Ave E.
Ottawa, ON K1N 1H9
Executive Director: Jayne Stoyles
Board Chair: Bill Rafoss

Charitable Reg. #:11878 5914 RR0001


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Most recent Audited financial statements available on the charity’s website.



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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) 56 cents are available for programs.

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About Amnesty International - Canadian Section:

Founded in 1974, Amnesty International (AIC) is the Canadian arm of Amnesty International, a global movement of over 7 million people in over 150 countries working to protect and promote human rights. Its mission is to research and act to prevent and end significant abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated. AIC aims to see a world in which every person enjoys all rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In 2017, AIC spent 38% of program costs on public education and awareness, 28% on crisis response and defending rights, 28% on providing support and materials to various groups (including Amnesty youth groups, community groups, fieldworkers, and human rights defenders), and 5% on information technology and systems. Areas that Amnesty International addresses include ending torture, protecting human rights from big businesses, international justice, indigenous people rights, refugee and migrant rights, women’s rights, LGBTI rights, social and economic rights, security and human rights, ending the irresponsible arms trade, ending the death penalty, and health and human rights. AIC’s priority countries are Canada, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Iran, Israel and occupied Palestinian territories, Mexico, Russia, Syria, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.

Results and Impact: Much of the cobalt used in Apple’s iPhone batteries came from a cobalt mine in Democratic Republic of Congo that uses child labour. AIC reports that its petition efforts, resulting in petition signatures delivered to Apple, have led Apple to become the first company to publish a list of all its cobalt smelters in April 2017.

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Amnesty International Canada is a Large charity with donations and special events revenues of $13.6m in 2017. Its administrative costs are 10% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 34% of donations. For every dollar donated, 56 cents go to the cause, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. AIC has funding reserves of $1.7m, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 21%. This means that the charity can cover under 3 months of its annual programming costs using its existing reserves, indicating a need for funding.

Amnesty International Canada uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities.  The charity reports $2.3m in fundraising costs for external fundraisers that raised $2.8m in 2016, producing an external fundraising cost ratio of 83%. This ratio was consistent over the last 7 years. Donors wanting to avoid these high fundraising costs should donate directly to Amnesty International rather than through external fundraisers. External fundraising figures for 2017 were not available at the time this report was written.

In its financial statements, AIC states that it gave $3.5m in both 2016 and 2017 to Amnesty International Limited (AIL), a related entity based in the United Kingdom, to conduct research on human rights violations around the world.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Amnesty International Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 3, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.7%9.1%9.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 34.1%31.8%31.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 20.9%28.5%29.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 13,58213,31113,398
Fees for service 0010
Special events 36030
Investment income 111116
Other income 232250
Total revenues 13,65213,34413,504
Program costs 7,9707,9937,424
Administrative costs 1,3221,2171,256
Fundraising costs 4,6414,2364,192
Cash flow from operations (281)(103)631
Funding reserves 1,6642,2802,214

Note: Ci has reported donation revenues gross of fundraising expenses and reported the fundraising expenses in fundraising costs, affecting revenues and expenses by $4.7m in F2017, $4.3m in F2016, and $4.2m in F2015. Ci has also backed out amortization from program costs, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rated basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 40

Avg. Compensation: $96,191

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 F2016

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