20 Robert St W
Newcastle, ON L1B 1C6
Executive Director: Stephen Matthews
Board Chair: Paul Llewellyn

Charitable Reg. #:13205 6813 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 92 cents are available for programs.

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About ADRA Canada:

Adventist Development and Relief Agency Canada (ADRA Canada) is a 2-star charity. It is financially transparent and has a below average results reporting score. Charity Intelligence also rates ADRA as Low demonstrated impact. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence's report.

Founded in 1985, Adventist Development and Relief Agency Canada (ADRA Canada) was created by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to help people living in Canada and internationally get out of poverty. ADRA Canada is part of the global ADRA network, which works in over 100 countries to break the long-term cycle of extreme poverty. It does this by providing interventions that bring water, sanitation, and health; food and nutrition; education; and income assistance to those in need.

ADRA Canada runs two main international programs: Humanitarian and Emergency Assistance, and Development. It also runs one minor Canadian program. In F2022, ADRA’s programs helped 810,206 people in 37 countries.

Humanitarian and Emergency Assistance – 56% of program spending ($12.9m). ADRA works to provide emergency relief and recovery to those facing humanitarian disasters. In F2022, ADRA Canada ran 44 emergency projects.

Development – 36% of program spending ($8.2m). This program focuses on sustainability and meeting the needs of communities. In F2022, ADRA Canada ran seven development projects.

Canadian Programs – 8% of program spending ($1.9m). ADRA also provides help to communities in need across Canada. After gas leaked into the water supply in a Nunavut community, ADRA Canada provided 30 gravity filtration units to help clean the water.

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Results and Impact

Since April 2019, ADRA has provided 112,907 people in Sudan essential water and sanitation facilities. ADRA Canada, in partnership with ADRA Kenya, has also provided over 50,000 litres of clean water a day for six days each week to over 4,000 people living in the Kiberia slum as part of its KIBERIA water project. ADRA reported that its EMBRACE program (February 2016-2020) improved the lives of over 100k people in Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Rwanda, and Canada, including 33k children.

Charity Intelligence highlights these key results. They may not be a complete representation of Adventist Development and Relief Agency Canada's results.

Charity Intelligence has given ADRA a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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In F2022, ADRA Canada received $14.8m in donations, up 45% from $10.2m in F2021. It also received $11.8m in government funding, of which it received $8.5m from Global Affairs Canada. Overall, government funding made up 44% of total revenues in F2022, down from 47% in F2021.

Fundraising costs are 5% of donations and administrative costs are 3% of revenues (excluding investment income). This means that for every dollar donated, 92 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending

ADRA Canada is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada by reason of shared board membership. In F2020, ADRA Canada received $1.9m in donations from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada and various Conferences across Canada.

­­This charity report is an update that was sent to ADRA Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated June 26, 2023 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.7%3.8%3.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.2%7.2%7.6%
Total overhead spending 7.8%11.0%11.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 49.9%48.9%42.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 14,79310,2239,455
Government funding 11,8429,3699,422
Investment income 169341212
Other income 151414
Total revenues 26,81919,94819,104
Program costs - International 21,08015,98318,045
Program costs - Canada 1,878863240
Administrative costs 709751697
Fundraising costs 766731717
Total spending 24,43318,32819,699
Cash flow from operations 2,3861,620(595)
Capital spending 554224
Funding reserves 11,4618,2417,760

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred contributions, affecting total revenues by $239k in F2022, ($591k) in F2021, and $519k in F2020. Ci also adjusted for deferred government revenues, affecting total revenues by $2.3m in F2022, $860k in F2021, and ($1.2m) in F2020. To report on a cash basis, depreciation was backed out of administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 35

Avg. compensation: $56,031

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.adra.ca
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