Children's Aid Foundation of Canada

25 Spadina Road
Toronto, ON M5R 2S9
President & CEO: Valerie McMurtry
Board Chair: Daniel Barclay

Charitable Reg. #:10807 6480 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 85 cents are available for programs.

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About Children's Aid Foundation of Canada:

Founded in 1979, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada (CAFC) works to improve the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system. CAFC states that young people in government care are 37% less likely to graduate high school, 200 times more likely to experience homelessness, and 18 times more likely to demonstrate suicide-related behaviours. According to the charity, as many as 82% of children in care have been diagnosed with special needs. CAFC tailors its work to three main groups: children and families at risk, children and youth in care, and youth transitioning out of care.

In F2021, CAFC granted $9.2m to youth transitioning out of care, representing 52% of total grants and program spending. The charity states that roughly 2,300 Canadian youth “age out” of the child welfare system each year and are required to leave government care. These former foster care kids are more likely to suffer from alcoholism, drug abuse, and depression as adults. Additionally, youth from care earn an average of $326k less income throughout their lifetime. To combat these barriers, CAFC provides employment services, post-secondary scholarships and awards, mental health resources, housing support, and life skills development. CAFC collaborated with 60 agency partners to support 11,671 youth transitioning out of care in F2021. 

In F2021, CAFC granted $6.4m to children and families at risk of entering the  welfare system, representing 37% of total grants and program spending. The charity reports that 235,000 children and youth across Canada are at risk of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Children often enter care because their parents are struggling with poverty, domestic abuse, mental health issues, or addiction. CAFC aims to prevent children from separating from their families and entering the welfare system through early intervention programs, health and wellness support, and financial support. In F2021, CAFC partnered with 60 organizations to support 36,156 children and families.

CAFC granted $1.9m to children and youth in care in F2021, representing 11% of total grants and program spending. According to the charity, over 63,000 children and youth in Canada live in foster homes, institutional settings, or with extended family because of neglect, abuse, or abandonment. CAFC helps these children access the resources and supports they need to succeed in school, such as tutoring, mentoring, extracurricular activities, technology, eyeglasses, and transportation. In F2021, CAFC collaborated with 43 partners to help 11,043 children and youth in government care.

Recent News: In F2021, CAFC launched its Covid-19 Response Program. The program supports youth and families in child welfare through individual grants and grants to partner organizations. In F2021, the charity distributed grants to 70 child welfare agencies across Canada, including 22 Indigenous-serving organizations and 31 organizations supporting Black populations. The charity reports that the program served over 37,000 children, youth, and families.

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Results and Impact

In F2021, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada reported that, of the families that received support from the Covid-19 Response Program, 68% experienced improved mental health, 43% experienced reduced financial strain, 43% experienced increased food security, and 43% experienced decreased feelings of isolation. Of the former youth in care who received support, 58% reported improved mental health, 94% reported reduced financial strain, 68% reported increased food security, and 60% reported increased housing security.

In 2017, CAFC completed an evaluation of its post-secondary support program. Of the 903 students who received funding between 2005 and 2015, 182 responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 92% reported having graduated or being on track to graduate, 61% of working respondents are employed in a position related to their education, and 47% of those working reported being in stable employment.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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In F2021, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada received total donations and special events revenue of $18.9m. The charity had a 24% return on investments from F2020 to F2021, with investment income representing 37% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 9% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 15%, compared to 30% in F2020. This decrease is mainly due to the $7.1m increase in donations and the $2.6m increase in government funding from F2020 to F2021. For every dollar donated, 85 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CAFC has $69.2m in funding reserves, of which $12.8m is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, CAFC could cover 327% or three years and three months of annual program costs with reserves.

In F2020, CAFC granted to 67 organizations, including $3.2m to Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CAST). Disbursements to CAST made up 51% of total grants reported in the charity’s CRA T3010 filings in F2020. In F2021, CAFC allocated 20% of grants relating to child welfare programs to CAST, indicating that it may be dispersing its grants more widely. In F2021, CAST reported $165m in total expenses and stated that it served 644 children and youth in care. This results in total cost per child of $256k, although it is important to note that the organization likely runs other programs.

Charity Intelligence sent an update of this report to Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 28, 2021 by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.3%9.7%9.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.2%20.0%23.4%
Total overhead spending 14.5%29.7%32.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 326.6%432.5%445.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 18,15111,0239,383
Goods in kind 7307201,055
Government funding 2,64700
Business activities (net) 156171221
Special events 7281,8131,675
Investment income 13,119(2,847)3,164
Total revenues 35,53010,88015,498
Program costs 3,3113,6453,420
Grants 14,6036,7297,411
Administrative costs 1,1951,3341,161
Fundraising costs 1,7382,5672,582
Total spending 20,84714,27514,574
Cash flow from operations 14,683(3,395)923
Capital spending (82)41344
Funding reserves 69,20354,16556,733

Note: Ci presented fundraising revenues gross rather than net of expenses, affecting revenues and expenses by $505k in F2021, $1.1m in F2020, and $1.2m in F2019. To report on a cash basis, Ci did not include sale of capital assets in revenues, decreasing total revenues by $2.0m in F2021, $940k in F2020, and $2.3m in F2019. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 24

Avg. compensation: $113,549

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 F2020

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