CharityIntelligence Canada

Winnipeg Harvest

1085 Winnipeg Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0S2
Executive Director: David Northcott
Board President: Gail Loewen

Charitable Reg. #: 13179 2616 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Food Bank (Distributor)
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B

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 available only through official request for information from Canada Revenue Agency [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Good

Full-time staff #46

Avg. Compensation $39,157

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 9
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Winnipeg Harvest:

Founded in 1984, Winnipeg Harvest collects and distributes food to local charities that feed poor people in Manitoba. The charity reports that Manitoba has the second highest rate of child food bank usage in Canada. In F2017, Winnipeg Harvest served 26,579 children, representing 43% of its clients. Based on the annual national survey done by Food Banks Canada, the HungerCount, 61,914 people used food banks in Manitoba in 2016, a 3% decrease compared to 2015. Winnipeg Harvest also runs school programs to support children, raises awareness of poverty in the province and advocates for poverty reduction programs. 

In F2017, Winnipeg Harvest received and distributed 12.2 million pounds of food, down from the 13.7 million pounds of food it distributed in F2015. The charity provided food to 201 local food banks, 133 meal and snack programs, 46 daycares and 19 soup kitchens across Manitoba in F2017.

Winnipeg Harvest provides training opportunities for its volunteers and clients to help them gain employment skills to enter the job market. In 2017 a new training model was launched, offering programs in call center/front desk, warehouse and kitchen. From January 2017 to March 2017, it had 29 participants in these three programs.

The food bank runs numerous student and youth programs, including Kids Who Care, Poverty Pledge, Empty Bowls in Schools Project, Partnership for Change, Family Night, and Tools for School. The Kids Who Care program engages, recognizes and educates youth who collect food, fundraise and volunteer to help alleviate hunger and poverty in their community. In F2017, 104 children were recognized as Kids Who Care participants, donating a total of over 4,298 pounds of food. Winnipeg Harvest leads a school supply drive every August with Staples Canada and the Winnipeg Goldeyes. In F2017, 6,463 children were given school supplies through the Tools for School supply drive.

Winnipeg Harvest’s public education program encourages current and former food bank clients to share their experience and observations with journalists, elected leaders and the public to raise awareness of hunger and poverty in Manitoba.

Results and Impact: Winnipeg Harvest reports that for each dollar it raises, the charity is able to distribute $20 worth of donated food. No data is provided to explain how this was calculated. Charity Intelligence gave Winnipeg Harvest an impact rating of Good for proven impact per dollar (see impact grid on the bottom right).

Financial Review:

Charity Intelligence has scored Winnipeg Harvest as a zero in financial transparency because the charity has failed to provide audited financial statements for F2017 when requested. The following financial analysis uses the most recent financial statements available to Ci at the time of updating this report, which are from F2015.

Winnipeg Harvest is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities with monetary donations and special event fundraising revenue of $2.8m, along with donated food worth $34.5m in F2015. The cost of donated food is unaudited and calculated using the reported amount of food received in the charity’s annual reports. Administrative costs are 0.4% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 6% of total donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, $0.93 goes towards its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity has total funding reserves of $1.5m. Excluding the cost of donated food, Winnipeg Harvest can cover 7 months of annual program costs, indicating a need for donations.

This report is an update that has been sent to Winnipeg Harvest for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 29, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 0.4%0.3%0.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.2%4.3%5.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 60.2%52.2%38.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,5622,0421,944
Goods in kind 34,50132,12428,345
Special events 1,2841,2411,242
Investment income 317(1)
Total revenues 37,35135,42431,531
Program costs 2,5572,2702,326
Grants 34,25032,00028,000
Administrative costs 135121123
Fundraising costs 177142168
Other costs 345
Cash flow from operations 230887908
Funding reserves 1,5391,186885
Note: Ci estimated the value of food received and distributed by multiplying the pounds of food received by the charity, as reported in its annual report, by $2.50 per pound. Ci included donated food in donated goods in kind and grants, increasing total revenue and expenses by $34.3m in F2015, $32.0m in F2014 and $28.0m in F2013. Ci removed amortization of capital contributions, decreasing total revenues by $284k in F2015, $263k in F2014 and $252k in F2013. Ci included capital asset contributions received in donations, increasing total revenue by $286k in F2014 and $351k in F2013. Ci used the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA to report its administrative and fundraising costs. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative and fundraising expenses on a pro-rated basis.