4316 10 St NE
Calgary, AB T2E 6K3
President: Roy Eyre
Board Chair: Eric Phinney

Charitable Reg. #:10822 3371 RR0001


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

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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) 78 cents are available for programs.

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About Wycliffe:

Founded in 1968, Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada (Wycliffe) translates the Bible into other languages. Its mission is to end Bible poverty around the world. It works in Asia, South America, Africa, and North America. Wycliffe’s Canadian head office is in Calgary.

Wycliffe works with local translators, churches and global missionaries to translate the Bible into local languages. It reports that 160 million people are waiting for the Bible to be translated into their language. Besides Bible translation, Wycliffe trains staff to carry out literacy and education programs in the countries it works in, and also trains local translators.

In F2019, Wycliffe spent $13.5 million on programming. 82% was for field programs, 9% for training, 5% for communications, and 5% for public relations. Wycliffe ran 262 language groups in 51 countries, which reached 214 million people.

Through the Peace River Sign Language project in Southeast Asia, Wycliffe creates video translations of the Bible in sign language for deaf people in the area. In Peru, the recently completed ATEK project focused on illiteracy in the Cusco Quechua community. Over the course of the project (2006-2019), Wycliffe distributed over 70,000 Cusco Quechua Bibles. It taught 6,100 women to read, reached 10,000 children through schools, and trained over 2,100 pastors on topics like literacy education, leadership development, and Bible studies in the local language. Wycliffe’s ongoing Ndop Cluster project in northwest Cameroon translates the Bible into nine local languages, trains local translators, and runs literacy programs. As of 2019, translations are complete for two languages. There are 22 local translators, and two have finished training to become translation consultants for other Bible translation projects in Cameroon.

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Results and Impact

Wycliffe’s outcome data includes sensitive information that it has requested not be copied or posted.

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Wycliffe is a large charity with total Canadian donations of $13.7m in F2019. Administrative costs are 15% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 7% of Canadian donations. For every dollar donated, 78 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Wycliffe’s net funding reserves of $4.2m can cover annual program costs and grants to other Canadian charities at current levels for under four months.

This report is an update that has been sent to Wycliffe for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 28, 2020 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.8%13.7%14.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.1%6.1%8.4%
Total overhead spending 21.9%19.8%22.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 31.2%28.8%24.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 13,65213,92913,370
International donations 3,1653,1603,042
Government funding 483
Investment income 21826764
Total revenues 17,03917,36416,478
Program costs 13,39413,69213,370
Grants 756414
Administrative costs 2,4892,3402,333
Fundraising costs 9738521,124
Total spending 16,93116,94916,840
Cash flow from operations 108416(362)
Capital spending 35(321)77
Funding reserves 4,2063,9683,278

Note: Ci gathered international donations from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings and backed the amounts out of donations. Similarly, Ci gathered grants from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings and backed the amounts out of program costs. As a non-cash item, Ci did not include gain/loss on sale of assets, affecting total revenues by ($2k) in F2019, ($396k) in F2018, and $5k in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 212

Avg. Compensation: $47,494

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 F2019

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Charity Contact

Website: www.wycliffe.ca
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