1 - 31741 Peardonville Road
Abbotsford, BC V2T 1L2
President & CEO: Bernie Willock
Board Chair: Don Buckingham

Charitable Reg. #:13215 2893 RR0001


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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) 77 cents are available for programs.

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About FH Canada:

Founded in 1988, Food for the Hungry Canada or FH Canada (FHC) is part of the global Food for the Hungry association dedicated to ending poverty one community at a time. FHC works directly with communities to help them to “graduate out of poverty”, or become independent and sustainable, within ten years. FH Canada takes an integrated approach towards eradicating poverty, with programs focused on education, health, livelihood, and leadership and gender equality. FHC has operations in Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Haiti, and Guatemala. 

In F2018, FH Canada worked with 71 communities in eight countries. Some highlights of FHC’s education programs include a total of 8,059 children sponsored, nine classrooms and one teacher office built in Burundi, and 48 literacy groups established in Bangladesh.  Some highlights of FHC’s health programs include 1,532 patients helped at mobile medical clinics in Haiti and 1,000 households that received tippy taps for hand washing. FHC’s livelihood programs trained 486 farmers in Rwanda about restorative agriculture practices, distributed a total of 5,823 farm animals, and established savings and loans groups to help 959 people in Bangladesh, 94% of whom were women. FHC’s leadership and gender equality programs ran gender equality workshops for 439 people in Ethiopia and trained 199 community leaders in Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda, in leadership, planning, and goal setting. 

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Results and Impact

Food for the Hungry Canada reports that it works with communities so that they can “graduate out of poverty” and become independent within about ten years. This year, FHC celebrated four communities in Burundi for becoming independent. In addition, communities that ran literacy groups in Bangladesh saw a 29% increase in women’s literacy rates. Cambodia saw a 24% increase in the number of families using a clean toilet, and 93% of pregnant women in Guatemala now consult a medical professional for prenatal care, thanks to FHC’s health programs.  

Charity Intelligence has given Food for the Hungry a Low impact rating for demonstrated impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: Low

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Food for the Hungry Canada is a large charity, receiving $6.3m in donations in F2018. FH Canada also received $4.8m in donated goods in kind, representing 40% of its total revenue. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 19% of cash donations or 25% of goods in kind donations. For every dollar donated, 76 cents go to FH Canada’s programs. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. FH Canada’s funding reserves were $1.5m in F2018, which can cover two months of annual program costs.  

FH Canada uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities.  FHC paid external fundraisers $407k to raise $2.1m in F2018, producing an external fundraising cost ratio of 20%.  

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

Updated on June 5, 2019 by Caroline McKenna.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.5%4.4%5.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.9%26.6%11.6%
Total overhead spending 23.5%31.1%17.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 16.4%4.2%12.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,3376,2105,285
Goods in kind 4,8123,6843,124
Fees for service 007
Investment income 791735
Other income 002
Total revenues 11,9409,9678,424
Program costs - International 8,9398,0047,379
Program costs - Canada 4994200
Grants 11271
Administrative costs 506439478
Fundraising costs 1,2001,654612
Other costs 0950
Total spending 11,14510,7398,470
Cash flow from operations 794(772)(46)
Capital spending 3348
Funding reserves 1,547363920

Note: The expense breakdown presented in the audited financial statements changed in F2018 to break out Canadian and International program costs. The F2016 program expense breakdown is not comparable to F2017 and F2018.   Ci has adjusted for amortization, reducing expenses by $14k in F2018, $26k in F2017. Grants include amounts transferred to Canadian Council of Christian Charities ($500 in F2018, F2017, and F2016). These amounts were backed out of administrative costs. The charity's F2017 T3010 filing showed a one-time grant of $127k to WorldServe Ministries. Ci backed out this amount from Canadian program spending. Funds held in trust were included in funding reserves. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 11

Avg. Compensation: $78,806

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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