Charity Intelligence

5-157 30 Wellington Street West, Commerce Court South, P.O. Box 129
Toronto, ON M5L 1E2
Managing Director: Kate Bahen
Board Chair: Graeme Hepburn

Charitable Reg. #:80340 7956 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) 93 cents are available for programs.

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About Charity Intelligence:

Founded in 2006, Charity Intelligence Canada (Ci) provides Canadians with information on charities, working to support donors in making impactful giving decisions. Data collected by Ci is used by individual donors, foundations, and corporations. According to a 2015 Statistics Canada survey, 29% of Canadian donors are unsure about how charities use their money and 34% had doubts as to whether charities use their money effectively. Ci provides information to help donors in the form of charity profiles, charity news reports, and through answering questions from external journalists.

Charity Intelligence’s charity profiles are reports that provide a summary of a charity’s programs and assess its transparency, accountability, need for funding, and cost efficiency. Ci has created profiles on 784 Canadian charities which receive 57% of the $16.5 billion that Canadians give annually. In F2019, Ci released impact ratings on 61 new charities, bringing the total number of charities with an impact rating to 128.

In F2019, the Charity Intelligence website was visited by 444,070 unique users. Recent website improvements have allowed a global audience to read 1.3 million Charity Intelligence reports. Ci was featured in 41 news stories with leading national newspapers and broadcasters in F2019.

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Results and Impact

In F2019, Charity Intelligence’s research helped inform and influence an estimated $85.1 million in donations. 77% of donors say that reading a Ci report gave them more confidence in their giving and gave 32% more money. To help charities improve results reporting, Ci launched one-on-one coaching for charities in F2019. Of the charities that used this extra help, accountability improved by an average of 45%.

Charity Intelligence has High impact based on demonstrated impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: High

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Charity Intelligence is a Small charity, receiving $419k in donations in F2019. The charity also received $11k in government funding. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues and fundraising costs are 2% of donations. For every dollar donated, 93 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $127k can cover 4.4 months of annual program costs.

Updated on August 27, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.3%8.6%5.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.8%1.8%1.1%
Total overhead spending 7.1%10.4%6.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 36.4%64.7%29.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 418,992241,377326,077
Government funding 11,12300
Fees for service 5,4092,76426,315
Total revenues 435,524244,141352,392
Program costs 348,269169,086212,104
Donor-designated donations 36,68032,472111,991
Administrative costs 23,17420,96420,359
Fundraising costs 7,3134,3453,523
Total spending 415,436226,867347,977
Cash flow from operations 20,08817,2744,415
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 126,792109,40661,521

Note: Donor-designated donations have been reallocated from a contra-revenue account to grants to show them as a separate expense, increasing total expenses by $37k in F2019, $32k in F2018, and $112k in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 3

Avg. Compensation: $81,654

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 F2019

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