Life Outreach International

P.O. Box 4000
Langley, BC V3A 8J8
Founder: James Robison
Founder: Betty Robison

Charitable Reg. #:12511 3910 RR0001


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Audited financial statements available only upon request.



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) 80 cents are available for programs.

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About Life Outreach International:

Life Outreach International (Canada) (LIFE Outreach Canada) is the Canadian division of Life Outreach International Association of Churches Incorporated (LIFE Outreach International). There is no independent website or webpage available for the Canadian operations of LIFE Outreach International. 

The Canadian charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA reports that it produces and distributes religious media in Canada including television and radio programs as well as by mail. It also reports that it evangelizes by meeting the physical needs of poor around the world.  

In F2018, LIFE Outreach Canada granted $1.1m to other registered Canadian charities. The majority of grants were allocated to Joint Aid Management – Canada ($900k), followed by Kuwasha International Development Society ($50k), Living Faith Evangelistic Association ($49k), Windsor Life Centre ($40k), and Cure International Canada ($36k). Grants from LIFE Outreach Canada represent 68% of Joint Aid Management – Canada (JAM-C) revenue in F2018. JAM-C is a Christian charity that provides humanitarian and development aid in Africa.

The global LIFE Outreach International website reports that it encourages the support of missions and relief programs in areas of need around the world. Some of its current outreaches include Water for LIFE which has helped build more than 6,500 water wells around the world, Mission Feeding which provides food to more than 350,000 children in villages around the world, especially across Sub-Saharan Africa, and RescueLIFE which provides education and prevention to children living in villages who are potential targets for human traffickers. The Canadian charity’s filing with the CRA indicates that it does not operate programs outside of Canada, including not operating in the United States.  However, it does transfer grants to non-qualified donees outside Canada – $235,565 was reported in the F2018 filing. 

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Results and Impact

Ci was unable to find any quantified outcomes produced as a result of LIFE Outreach Canada's programs at the time of this profile update.

Charity Intelligence has given LIFE Outreach Canada a Low impact rating for demonstrated impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: Low

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Life Outreach International (Canada)’s financial statements received by Charity Intelligence did not come with a signed auditor’s letter or accompanying financial notes.

LIFE Outreach Canada is a large charity that received $6.6m in donations in F2019. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 11% of donations. Per dollar donated to LIFE Outreach Canada, 80 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity’s financial statements do not present expenses using activity-based costing to show how much was spent on programs, administration and fundraising. Ci uses the charity’s annual filings with the CRA Charities Directorate to obtain fundraising and administrative costs but the F2019 filing was not available at the time of this profile update. Based on historical adjustments, the F2019 administrative ratio may be overstated and the F2019 fundraising ratio may be understated.  

LIFE Outreach Canada has $921k in funding reserves, which can cover annual programs and grants spending at the F2019 level for under two months.

This report is an update that has been sent to Life Outreach International (Canada) for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 14, 2020 by Katie Khodawandi

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.3%6.9%7.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 10.5%11.7%11.0%
Total overhead spending 19.8%18.6%18.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 15.4%25.8%31.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,5667,2976,457
Business activities (net) 487464
Investment income 005
Total revenues 6,6147,3706,526
Program costs 4,6924,9654,924
Grants 1,2811,3761,403
Administrative costs 618508507
Fundraising costs 688856711
Total spending 7,2797,7047,544
Cash flow from operations (665)(334)(1,019)
Capital spending 0113
Funding reserves 9211,6331,997

Note: Product sales are reported net of expenses in business activities, offsetting total revenue and expenses by $217k in F2019, $194k in F2018 and $217k in F2017. The audited financial statements do not allocate common expenses like salaries to program, administrative and fundraising costs. Ci used the charity’s annual filings with the CRA for administrative and fundraising costs. The F2019 filing was not available at the time of this profile update and F2019 overhead ratios may therefore not be comparable to F2018 and F2017. Grants figures include grants to Canadian charities ($1.1m in F2018, $1.2m in F2017) as well as grants to non-qualified donees outside Canada ($236k in F2018, $215k in F2017). This information is disclosed in the annual filings with the CRA.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 6

Avg. Compensation: $42,712

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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