Christian Blind Mission

3844 Stouffville Road, PO Box 800
Stouffville, ON L4A 7Z9
Executive Director: Ed Epp
Board Chair: Jonathan Liteplo

Charitable Reg. #: 10691 8329 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Fair

Full-time staff #37

Avg. Compensation $82,505

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 7
$40k - $80k 2
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Christian Blind Mission:

Christian Blind Mission International (cbm) was founded in 1908 when a German missionary pastor, Ernst Chistoffel, opened a home and school for children with disabilities in Anatolia. cbm’s vision is “A world where people living with or affected by disability are valued as Jesus values them, are accepted as equals, and are able to achieve their God-given potential.” cbm reports that 1 in 10 children with disabilities is in school, and 1 in 20 finish primary school. Christian Blind Mission takes a Christian, community, rights-based, participatory and innovative approach to its programs. Its programs focus on prevention, cure, care, and education. In 2016, cbm helped 37.9 million children and families with disabilities and treated 3.3 million children with medical care.

Christian Blind Mission spends 83% of program costs on prevention. The charity reported in its F2017 annual report that it provided 13,582,045 doses of medication for neglected tropical diseases and provided 76,405 parents with training on children’s rights and child safeguarding. In 2016, cbm treated 3,996,859 people with Mectizan to prevent them from being infected later by River Blindness and 4,126,022 people suffering from trachoma with Azithromycin to prevent the infection from leading to blindness.

The remainder of Christian Blind Mission’s program dollars go toward care, cure, and education. During the southern Africa food crisis in 2016, 1600 people were given emergency care. The same year, cbm provided education to 57,989 children and funded 422,145 cataract and 557 fistula surgeries.

Results and Impact: In its F2017 annual report, Christian Blind Mission reports that it helped 285,485 people restore their hearing. The funding from the Canadian division of cbm directly helped 13,647 people restore their vision.

Financial Review:

Christian Blind Mission is a Major 100 charity, with $13.4m in cash donations and $118.6m in donated goods-in-kind in F2017. Of the $118.6m, $105.4m was donated to cbm US.  cbm Canada now operates cbm US so the large increase in goods-in-kind ­donations is due to cbm US now being included in cbm Canada’s reports.  cbm’s administrative costs are 2% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 31% of donations. For every dollar donated, 67 cents go to cbm’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. cbm has funding reserves of $13.2m, of which $2.3m is donor-endowed. This results in a program cost coverage ratio of 8.5%, excluding donor-endowed funds.  Excluding goods-in-kind donations and donor-endowed funds, the funding reserves can cover 113% of annual program costs.

Christian Blind Mission employs external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities.  The charity reports $1.0m in fundraising costs for external fundraisers that raised $333k in F2016, producing an external fundraising cost ratio of 305%. This means that cbm paid $3.05 for every dollar raised by external fundraisers. As a result, donating directly to cbm is more cost efficient.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Christian Blind Mission for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 1, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.0%7.6%5.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 30.9%25.0%19.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 10.3%71.7%59.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 13,42412,25412,932
Goods in kind 118,5647,8618,597
Government funding 8391,588801
Investment income 522101155
Other income 3415732
Total revenues 133,68921,86222,517
Program costs - International 126,41611,66116,843
Program costs - Canada 1,9661,8961,699
Administrative costs 2,5991,6491,271
Fundraising costs 4,1423,0622,540
Cash flow from operations (1,435)3,594164
Funding reserves 13,2129,72111,078
Note: Ci has consolidated the financial statements of NIA Technologies and Christian Blind Mission International as NIA Technologies is operated by cbm. Ci has adjusted amortization affecting expenses by ($158k) in F2017, ($151k) in F2016, and ($110k) in F2015.

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