Plan International Canada

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

Charitable Reg. #:11892 8993 RR0001


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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) 68 cents are available for programs.

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About Plan International Canada:

Founded in 1968, Plan International Canada (PIC) is the Canadian branch and fundraising arm of Plan International. Plan International works to advance the rights of children and equality for girls around the world. PIC raises money in Canada for its own international programs and for Plan International’s worldwide programs. Plan International Canada supports work that helps poor children around the world in eight core areas: education, healthcare, water and sanitation, child protection, child participation, economic empowerment, and disaster responses.

Child sponsorships are Plan International Canada’s largest source of donations ($75.7m - 32% of total revenues in F2018). PIC says that it directs these donations to community development projects that benefit all the children and families living in the community, rather than sponsoring an individual child. Of total program spending in F2018, Plan International Canada spent 37% on maternal and child health projects, 17% on emergencies and food assistance, 15% on sexual and reproductive health projects, 14% on education projects, 5% on economic security, 5% on child protection, 3% on water sanitation, and 2% on child participation, engagement and advocacy.

 In maternal and child health programs, Plan Canada trained 1,200 clinic and 61,000 health workers in community health care. This provided maternal health care to more than 250,000 women. In disaster response, (17% of international spending) in partnership with World Food Programme, Plan Canada distributed 6,500 tonnes of food to more than 45,000 internally displaced refugees living in 6 camps inside Myanmar in Rakhine State. In sexual and reproductive health (15% of international spending), Plan Canada highlights Fathers Clubs that raises awareness of barriers women face accessing birth control. In its education program (14% of international spending), Plan International Canada funded specially trained teachers to help 13,000 children in rural Cambodia who have fallen behind in school catch up.

Canadian donors and governments supported 163,963 children around the world. In addition to this, 15,342 Canadian youths engaged in PIC’s initiatives across the country.

Plan International Canada reports that Plan International’s work funded 1,749 projects in over 54,000 communities and 70 countries in F2018. This works out to $3,242 spent in each community for F2018. It reached more than 73 million girls, boys, women, and men in F2018. Its goal is to reach 20 million children in 2020.

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Results and Impact

Plan International reports that global supporters helped more than 34.2 million children to unleash their potential. Based on one-year results from its maternal and child health programs in five countries, PIC reports seeing significant improvements. The number of children vaccinated against measles is up from 41% to 66%. The number of women who received care from a skilled health provider at least four times during pregnancy is up from 46% to 63%.

While Ci highlights these key results Plan International Canada has reported, these results may not be a complete representation of Plan International Canada’s results and impact.

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Plan International Canada is a Major 100 charity, meaning that it is one of Canada’s 100 largest charities in terms of donations. In F2018, Plan Canada received $104.9m in donations, up from $100.3m in F2017. Donations to child sponsorship in F2018 were $75.7m, increasing from $74.7m in F2016. Plan Canada received $41.9m from Global Affairs Canada and other provincial governments in F2018. In addition, Plan Canada received $65.6m from the UN, Plan International and other multilateral organizations for its international programs. Plan Canada also receives donated goods-in-kind ($8.8m in donated food and $14.2m in donated anti-malaria bed nets).

Plan International Canada's administrative costs are 7% of revenues, and fundraising costs are 24% of donations. Plan International Canada’s overhead costs are 31%. For every dollar donated, 68 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Plan Canada’s annual report shows its overhead costs are 19% as a portion of total spending which is different than donors’ question of how much of donations go to the cause.

Plan International Canada has funding reserves of $56.5m, including a $3m endowment fund. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover under four months of program costs.

Plan International Canada paid external fundraisers $13.7m in F2018 to raise $38.8m at a cost of 35 cents per dollar raised. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Plan International Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 6, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.3%6.9%6.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.4%24.2%23.5%
Total overhead spending 31.7%31.2%29.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 28.0%30.3%20.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 104,878100,25099,168
Goods in kind 23,88133,23434,865
Government funding 41,94431,34729,441
Investment income 16014129
Other income 65,60658,17946,668
Total revenues 236,469223,151210,171
Program costs - International 175,060164,956156,907
Program costs - Canada 16,13616,36212,699
Administrative costs 17,27015,44113,506
Fundraising costs 25,56924,30423,271
Total spending 234,034221,064206,383
Cash flow from operations 2,4352,0873,788
Capital spending 9894671,574
Funding reserves 56,48357,78637,511

Note: Ci adjusted for amortization of capital and intangible assets on a pro-rata basis from administrative, fundraising, and Canadian program costs. Ci reported change in fair value of investments in investment income, affecting revenues by ($71k) in F2018, $77k in F2017 and ($469k) in F2016. Ci reported endowment fund contributions in donations, increasing revenues by $136k in F2018, $153k in F2017 and $171k in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 225

Avg. Compensation $92,277

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 F2018

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Comments & Contact

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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