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

Donor Accountability

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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #33

Avg. Compensation $76,720

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

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.” Christian Blind Mission takes a community, rights-based, participatory and innovative approach to its programs. Its programs focus on prevention, cure and care. cbm also has a Healing Hugs program, where donors are asked to give $30 a month to sponsor a child in need of medical care.

Each year, Christian Blind Mission has 672 projects for over 45 million children and families located in 65 countries. In F2015, cbm reports it saved eyesight for 28.3 million people who would otherwise have become blind from trachoma or river blindness, and restored sight to 673,683. It provided 13.6 million children with medication for neglected tropical disease. 771,936 children were given muscle-strengthening therapy and rehabilitation. Additionally, cbm restored hearing in 337,555 children.

In July 2015, Christian Blind Mission launched NIA Technologies, a non-profit social enterprise with the goal of developing innovative technologies to solve global health issues.

Financial Review:

Christian Blind Mission International is a big-cap charity, with $12.3m in donations and $7.9m in donated goods-in-kind in F2016. Its administrative costs are 8% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 25% of donations. For every dollar donated, 67 cents go towards cbm’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. cbm has funding reserves of $9.7m, of which $2.3m is donor-endowed. This results in a program cost coverage ratio of 47%, excluding donor-endowed funds. This means that cbm can only cover less than 5 months of its annual program costs, showing a need for funding.

Christian Blind Mission employs the external fundraisers DonorWorx and GiveBridge as part of its fundraising activities.  The charity reports $640k in fundraising costs for external fundraisers that raised $192k in F2016, producing an external fundraising cost ratio of 333%. This means that cbm paid $3.33 for every dollar raised by DonorWorx and GiveBridge. As a result, donating directly to cbm is more cost efficient.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Christian Blind Mission International. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 17, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.6%5.7%5.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.0%19.6%16.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 60.8%59.8%45.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 12,25412,93211,346
Goods in kind 7,8618,59711,480
Government funding 1,588801(307)
Investment income 101155392
Other income 573256
Total revenues 21,86222,51722,968
Program costs - International 14,08316,84317,326
Program costs - Canada 1,8961,6991,928
Administrative costs 1,6491,2711,173
Fundraising costs 3,0622,5401,922
Cash flow from operations 1,172164618
Funding reserves 9,72111,0788,803
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 ($151k) in F2016, ($110k) in F2015, and by ($144k) in F2014. 

Comments added by the Charity:

Our fundraising percentage of 15% in FY16 is higher than in past years in order to accomplish our 5-year Strategic Plan, which calls for more life-changing impact, more supporters and growing funds for our service delivery partners. The heavier fundraising investment will continue in FY17, and then normalize back to 10% in FY18.

Our external vendor ratio reflects our investment into acquisition of monthly donors who give small gifts regularly. We expect these donors to return 3-4 times the value of the amount we spend to acquire and keep them, but that full value is realized over 5 years.

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