245 King St. East
Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1L9
Vice President: Vrij Lal L Raniga
Founder: Dr. Kadappilaril P. Yohannan

Charitable Reg. #:10744 1834 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

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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) 85 cents are available for programs.

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About GFA World:

Founded in 1984, GFA World (previously Gospel for Asia Canada) is the Canadian branch of the international Gospel for Asia organization. Gospel for Asia sees itself as a religious order. Gospel for Asia works to spread the message of Christ in Asia through missionaries and improvements in health, education, and local economies. The charity works in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, China, and Thailand.

Donor Advisory: 

In July 2020, Gospel for Asia has filed for creditor protection. Auditors Pricewaterhouse Coopers will monitor the charity's finances and operations. An Ontario judge allowed Gospel for Asia to continue to fundraise and accept donations, but donations cannot be sent to other countries without audit approval. 

In March 2019, a US court ordered Gospel for Asia pay a US$37 million refund to donors for misrepresenting how donations were spent. In October 2017, the Indian government forbid Gospel for Asia funds transfers to India. CBC investigated Gospel for Asia, talking with former members.

In March 2016, The Toronto Star reported that Gospel for Asia Canada is the defendant in a fraud lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that between 2007 and 2014, $94 million was sent from Gospel for Asia Canada to India. However, Gospel for Asia’s Indian affiliates have no record of receiving funds from Canada during that period. Gospel for Asia Canada denies the allegations. Toronto Star Article

Additionally, on October 6, 2015, Gospel for Asia US had its membership revoked for standards breaches in the US organization, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Christian Today Article


GFA World operates four main programs: sponsorship of national missionaries, developing communities, supporting children, and broader compassion services. The charity uses local people as national missionaries because they are familiar with the community’s people, culture, and needs. 

The charity reports that with input from local pastors and missionaries, communities are gifted items, including animals, sewing machines, fishing nets, vehicles, clean water wells, water filters, and toilets. With these gifts, the charity hopes to improve community health and provide opportunities for people to generate an income.

The charity’s child sponsorship program works to provide education, food, and medical care to poor children. It is working toward having cared for 500,000 children.

GFA World’s compassion services include slum ministry, leprosy ministry, medical ministry and disaster relief. Pastors and missionaries support people who are suffering through offering prayer, education, healthcare, clothing, and hygiene items. In 2018, compassion services were delivered in 932 slum areas, 1,226 leprosy communities, 1,132 medical camps, as well as in Kerala, India in response to flooding.

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Charity Intelligence has scored GFA World as a zero in financial transparency because the charity failed to provide full financial statements when requested. The financial analysis completed by Charity Intelligence uses the most recent financial statements available to Ci, through a request to the CRA, at the time of writing this report.

GFA World is a large charity, with donations of $9.4m in F2017. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues less investment income, and fundraising costs are 7% of donations. For every dollar donated, 85 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

GFA World has $11.6m in funding reserves which could cover 16 years of program costs. The charity reports that in F2017, $7.8m granted to an organization was returned to GFA World for “political reasons”. If these funds had been granted successfully, program costs would have been higher by $7.8m and funding reserves reduced by the same amount. In this situation, the charity could have covered less than six months of program costs using reserve funds.  

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

Updated on July 9, 2019 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.4%6.2%4.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.8%5.9%6.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 1,555.9%40.3%44.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,44010,87215,802
Investment income 342328
Total revenues 9,47410,89515,830
Program costs 72310,58111,858
Grants 2000
Administrative costs 793669744
Fundraising costs 640643962
Total spending 2,17611,89313,564
Cash flow from operations 7,298(998)2,266
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 11,5554,2625,267

Note: Ci has used program, administrative, and fundraising costs as reported on the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Gifts to qualified donees has been removed from program costs in F2017. Amortization has been removed from program, administrative, and fundraising costs pro-rata.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 16

Avg. Compensation: $32,030

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 F2017

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