Habitat for Humanity Canada

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

Charitable Reg. #:11895 0120 RR0001

STAR RATING

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

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

✔+

FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.

A

RESULTS REPORTING

Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Fair

DEMONSTRATED IMPACT

The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.

NEED FOR FUNDING

Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.

77%

CENTS TO THE CAUSE

For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 77 cents are available for programs.



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Programs

About Habitat for Humanity Canada:

Founded in 1986, Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFH Canada) helps low-income families access affordable housing in Canada and developing countries. 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. Its mission is to bring communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With a reported one in eight Canadian families unable to afford decent housing, HFH Canada promotes homeownership to break the poverty cycle. It operates through 54 local affiliate chapters across Canada, with headquarters in Toronto.  

Local Habitat affiliates build Habitat homes. HFH Canada provides financial and training support to these affiliatesbut it does not have a direct role in the homeownership application process and it does not build homesThe charity distributed $12.5 million in monetary support to local affiliates and an additional $2.3 million in donated materials to build Habitat homes in F2018. Ci reported all cash transfers to affiliates as program costs in its financial analysis, although the charity typically reports these costs as grants in its T3010 CRA filing.

Habitat for Humanity Canada reports that 238 new families moved into homes in F201864% came from rental homes, 23% lived in subsidized housing, and 13% came from other arrangements. Habitat for Humanity’s goal for 2020 is to help 375 Canadian families per year. The average cost per new Habitat family incurred by HFH Canada in F2018 (based on direct affiliate support costs) was $52,483. An additional 2,250 families continued living in Habitat homes that they moved into in prior years. Eligible homeowners are low-income families in need of better housing that can commit 500 hours to help build a Habitat home or volunteer at a Habitat ReStore. Homes are sold to families at market value and made affordable through interest-free mortgage payments capped at 30% of total annual household income, which is assessed and adjusted for every year. 

Besides support to local affiliates, the remaining $2.8 million in Canadian program spending includes $1.3 million in marketing and communication costs, $1.1 million in ReStore and product development costs, and $373k on government relations and Indigenous housing.

Habitat for Humanity Canada also contributes to international homebuilding projects in developing countries. In F2018, it spent $4.9 million on international programs and Global Village costs. Global Village is a volunteer program for Canadians who want to help build Habitat homes in developing countries. The charity reports that it helped 1,800 people in Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Nepal, Vietnam, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic in F2018 through home construction/renovations, latrine installations for improved water access, and/or construction, maintenance and property rights training. Country-specific results for F2018 include: 21 homes built in Vietnam, and 692 homes built and 373 homes in process in Nepal.

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Results and Impact

Habitat for Humanity Canada reports that the 238 new families who moved into Habitat homes in F2018 will generate almost $42 million in social benefits returned back to the community through improved health, education, and employment outcomes associated with owning a home. This approximation is based on a 2015 impact analysis performed by Boston Consulting Group. The evaluation found that every dollar given to the Habitat homeownership program produces $4 in social benefits, and that each Habitat family receives measurable benefits of $175,000 through a Habitat home.

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

Impact Rating: Fair

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Finances

Habitat for Humanity Canada is a large charity that collected $12.7m in cash donations in F2018. It received an additional $2.3m in materials for homebuilding projects, and $5.5m in ReStore materials donations. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are 18% of cash donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, 77 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

When non-cash donations for homebuilding projects are included in total donations, HFH Canada’s fundraising ratio drops to 15% (13% in F2017, 12% in F2016). Including donated materials, HFH Canada’s overhead spending is 20% (17% in F2017, 16% in F2016). 

HFH Canada’s F2018 audited financial statements report Global Village and gift-in-kind airfare of $3.5m in F2018 ($3.9m in F2017), which Ci included in total donations. The statements do not break down this line item to report in-kind donations separate from cash donations 

HFH Canada’s F2018 audited financial statements restated multiple F2017 revenue and expense items. The restatements resulted in a $1.3m increase in total revenue and $317k increase in total expenses.  

Habitat for Humanity Canada’s funding reserves of $6.1m can cover annual program costs and grants for under five months at the F2018 level.  

HFH Canada reports using external fundraisers in its most recent F2017 T3010 CRA filing. HFH Canada paid external fundraisers $48k to raise $81k, meaning that it cost HFH Canada 59 cents for every dollar raised by external fundraisers.  

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 August 6, 2019 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review


Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201820172016
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.5%3.6%3.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.2%16.3%16.0%
Total overhead spending 22.7%19.9%19.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 30.1%27.8%44.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201820172016
Donations 12,70015,89113,182
Goods in kind 2,2623,6833,936
Fees for service 5,0655,0105,492
Business activities (net) 69213(42)
Other income 118298424
Total revenues 20,21425,09522,992
Program costs - International 4,9035,9315,586
Program costs - Canada 15,22117,40710,161
Donated goods exp 2,2623,6833,167
Administrative costs 899897814
Fundraising costs 2,3162,5962,114
Total spending 25,60130,51421,842
Cash flow from operations (5,387)(5,419)1,150
Capital spending 78166116
Funding reserves 6,0636,4897,013

Note: Ci consolidated Habitat for Humanity Canada with its associated Foundation. The Foundation’s F2017 T3010 filing reports no financial information and the F2018 filing was not available at the time of this profile update.  Ci reported ReStore sales net of direct expenses in business activities, decreasing total revenue and expenses by $991k in F2018, $772k in F2017, and $42k in F2016. Gifts in kind related to build projects are reported in donated goods used in programs. Amortization of capital assets is backed out pro-rata from program, administrative and fundraising costs in F2018 and F2017. The charity’s previous audited financial statements do not disclose amortization for F2016.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 57

Avg. Compensation $70,020

Top 10 staff salary range

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Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

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Charity Contact

Website: www.habitat.ca
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