PLAN Canada

245 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4P 0B3
President & CEO: Caroline Riseboro
Board Chair: Patsy Anderson

Charitable Reg. #: 11892 8993 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #209

Avg. Compensation $77,468

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 1
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 4
$160k - $200k 5
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About PLAN Canada:

Founded in 1937, PLAN Canada (formally Plan International Canada Inc.; abbreviated to PC) is an affiliate and fundraising arm of Plan International. PC supports and contributes to the international charity’s activities. PLAN Canada’s mission is to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of children, families and communities in developing countries. PC states that it helps people of all faiths and cultures.

Child sponsorships are PLAN Canada's largest source of donations (53% in F2016). PC states that it pools these donations and directs them to community development projects that benefit all the children and families living in the community. The charity currently works with over 86,000 communities in 71 developing countries across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. PLAN Canada spent $170m on programs (92% internationally and 8% in Canada) in F2016: this included 28% on emergency & food assistance projects, 24% on maternal and child newborn health and development projects, 17% on education projects, 7% on sexual and reproductive health projects, 7% on water & sanitation projects, and 6% on economic security projects. The remaining 11% includes child protection, sponsorship & programmatic communications, child participations, and development education. PLAN Canada states in its most recent 2016 annual report that it had 2,606 active projects in F2016; based on total operating costs for the year, the charity spent $79,825 per project.

Plan International follows a community funding model, where it funds community development projects and works in each community for 10 to 12 years. In F2016, Plan International worked in 71 countries. In its most recent 2016 annual report, Plan International states that it reached 17.1 million girls and 15.5 million boys. It trained 2.8 million people, including 256,146 in livelihood skills, 220,592 in child protection, 161,421 in gender equality, and 1,871,695 in good water and sanitation practices. It also reached 1,096,066 young people through sexuality education programs. Plan International had 67 disaster response programs globally in F2016.

Because I am A Girl is one of Plan International’s major initiatives. It addresses gender inequality and promotes girls’ rights, aiming to improve girls’ access to clean water, food, healthcare, education, and protection from violence and exploitation.

Financial Review:

PLAN Canada is a Major 100, meaning that it is one of Canada’s 100 largest charities in terms of donations. The charity collected $145.8m in cash donations in F2016. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 16% of cash donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.78 goes towards its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. PLAN Canada holds funding reserves of $37.5m, including a $2.7m endowment fund. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover only 21% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

PLAN Canada reports using external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities in its T3010 CRA filing. In F2016, external fundraisers raised $36.0m on behalf of PC, representing 25% of total donations. The charity reports $10.4m in external fundraising costs for the year. This produces an external fundraising cost ratio of 29%, meaning that per dollar donated to PLAN Canada through external fundraisers, the charity receives $0.71.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by PLAN Canada. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 12, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.4%5.8%6.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.7%18.5%20.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 22.1%23.3%22.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 145,836141,287122,980
Goods in kind 34,86530,38422,301
Government funding 29,44130,52025,098
Investment income 29560824
Total revenues 210,171202,751171,203
Program costs - International 156,907145,912120,889
Program costs - Canada 13,12014,01110,840
Administrative costs 13,44711,69810,635
Fundraising costs 22,90926,10825,168
Cash flow from operations 3,7885,0223,671
Funding reserves 37,51137,27130,151
Note: Ci backed out amortization of capital and intangible assets on a pro-rata basis from administrative and fundraising costs. Ci reported change in fair value of investments in investment income, affecting revenues by ($469k) in F2016, $169k in F2015 and $293k in F2014. Ci reported endowment fund contributions in donations, increasing revenues by $171k in F2016, $29k in F2015 and $124k in F2014.

Comments added by the Charity:

Following comments were made by Plan Canada in the year 2014. Updated comments may be forthcoming.

Plan International Canada Inc. (“Plan Canada”) has been a member of the Plan International global federation (“Plan”) since 1968. Plan Canada is a not-for-profit corporation, federally incorporated without share capital and granted status as a registered charity under the Income Tax Act (Canada), and continued under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act on September 18, 2014.

Plan is a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries. Founded in 1937, Plan is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not-for-profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Worldwide, Plan is a global federation made up of different legal entities operating in many countries around the world under the Plan name and brand.  Plan International has built a reputation as one of the world's most effective and responsible development agencies.

Accountability to our donors, our partners and to the children, families and communities that we work with across 51 program countries is paramount. Annually, Plan Canada complies with all prescribed annual regulatory requirements including Canada Revenue Agency and Imagine Canada Accreditation Program. Plan Canada’s financial statements are audited on an annual basis by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PWC”), who conduct their audit in accordance with the recently issued Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations (“ASNPO”) and are the same standards that apply to our peer organizations. This ensures integrity and transparency of our financial results on a basis that is consistent between organizations. Plan Canada’s and Plan’s current and past annual reviews and financial statements are available at

Plan Canada respects Charity Intelligence’s choice to recast financial information using Non-ASNPO measures for the purposes of trying to achieve comparability amongst organizations. Given that these measures are not sanctioned by any regulatory authority and that these measures do not consider an organization’s operating complexity, our belief is that these measures will further confuse users. We fully support a donor's right to do their own independent research and be fully informed as to how they choose to spend their philanthropic dollars. Accordingly, Plan Canada directs interested parties to visit the Plan Canada website at to see the depth and breadth of information available and to better understand how Plan Canada is contributing to helping children and their communities.

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