Habitat for Humanity Canada

477 Mount Pleasant Road, Suite 403
Toronto, ON M4S 2L9
President & CEO: Mark Rodgers
Board Chair: Greg Stewart

Website: www.habitat.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 11895 0120 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Housing
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Results Reporting

Grade: A

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

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Fair

Full-time staff #57

Avg. Compensation $70,020

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 2
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Habitat for Humanity Canada:

Founded in 1986, Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFH Canada) helps low-income families access affordable housing in Canada and globally. HFH Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International and aligns with the international vision statement: a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The charity’s mission is to bring communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. HFH Canada promotes homeownership as a means to break the poverty cycle. It operates through 56 independently registered affiliate chapters across Canada. The charity’s headquarters is in Toronto.

In Canada, the charity partners with volunteers and homebuyers to build affordable housing out of donated materials for low-income families. In 2017, HFH Canada built 248 homes, including 87 in Ontario, 74 in Alberta, 23 in Saskatchewan, 18 in Manitoba and 17 in British Columbia. Approved families purchase these homes through a no-down-payment, interest-free mortgage geared to their income and contribute at least 500 volunteer hours to Habitat. Since 1985, 3,386 families in Canada have accessed safe housing by partnering with Habitat.

Habitat for Humanity Canada also runs an Indigenous Housing program in Canada that helped 25 Indigenous families access affordable housing and receive financial literacy training in 2017. Of the 25 new Habitat homes completed during the year, 22 are in urban areas and 3 are on Indigenous communities. HFH Canada also reports completing 10 home renovations for water accessibility and improved sanitation in remote Northern Ontario First Nations communities. Besides training families in financial literacy, the charity also trained 140 indigenous youth and women in trade skills and construction work.

Internationally, HFH Canada supports projects in Ethiopia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti. Projects include homebuilding, home repairs and renovations, community infrastructure improvements, and skills training programs. In November 2017, more than 40 Canadians and 200 international volunteers built 23 homes in Cambodia. These homes were given to families that could then escape the constant threat of forced eviction. HFH Canada’s 2016 international program impact report noted that it helped 1,404 families and reached 5,168 people directly.

Results and Impact: A 2015 social return on investment study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) found that every $1 spent on the charity's homeownership program produces $4 in social benefits. BCG estimates that every Habitat home generates an average of $175k in social benefits for every family housed in Canada. The 248 homes built in 2017 generated $43 million in societal benefits. The 25 homes built for Indigenous families generated $4.4 million in societal benefits for Indigenous communities. In HFH Canada’s 2017 annual report, it stated that 78% of families that partner with Habitat report improved health after moving into their Habitat home.

Due to the very high cost per family, Charity Intelligence rates Habitat for Humanity Canada as Fair in proven impact per dollar (see grid bottom right).

Financial Review:

Charity Intelligence consolidated Habitat for Humanity Canada with its associated Foundation in the following financial analysis. Ci used the Foundation’s T3010 CRA filing for financial information.

Habitat for Humanity Canada is a Large charity with total cash donations of $13.6m in F2017. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 19% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.73 goes towards its programs and grants, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  HFH Canada holds funding reserves of $6.5m which can cover annual program and grant costs for almost 4 months, indicating a need for donations.

Habitat for Humanity Canada uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In F2016, HFH Canada reported paying $48k to external fundraisers that raised $81k (less than 1% of total donations). For every dollar raised from external fundraisers, it paid $0.59 to the third party.

HFH Canada opened the National ReStore in Kingston, Ontario in January 2017. Ci reports ReStore sales net of expenses as a business activity revenue in F2017.

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

Updated on July 11, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.0%8.1%7.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 19.1%16.0%15.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 32.5%39.3%41.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 13,63113,18212,706
Goods in kind 4,6203,9362,600
Fees for service 5,0105,4924,615
Business activities (net) 37600
Other income 29842423
Total revenues 23,93422,99219,944
Program costs - International 5,0935,5864,479
Program costs - Canada 2,8843,0582,969
Grants 11,9609,2137,672
Administrative costs 1,9241,8711,391
Fundraising costs 2,5992,1142,026
Other costs 41200
Cash flow from operations (938)1,1501,407
Funding reserves 6,4897,0136,275
Note: Ci reported Restore and product development costs and affiliate support and governance costs in program costs, transfers to affiliates in grants, and governance and government relations in administrative costs. Ci reports ReStore revenues net of expenses, reducing total revenues and expenses by $109k in F2017. The charity’s F2016 funding reserves include the Foundation's F2015 liquid assets of $86k as reported in its T3010 CRA filing to better represent the charity’s program cost coverage.

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