Petits Frères des Pauvres

4624 Garnier Street
Montreal, QC H2X 3S7
Executive Director: Caroline Sauriol
Board Chair: Luc Villeneuve

Charitable Reg. #:11901 7259 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) 59 cents are available for programs.

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About Petits Frères des Pauvres:

Founded in 1946, Petits Frères des Pauvres (Petits Frères) acts as an extended family for elderly people in Quebec at risk of social isolation. Petits Frères’ head office is in Montreal and it has 15 chapters set up across the province in Quebec City, Saguenay, Lac-Mégantic, Trois-Rivières, Rimouski, Thetford Mines, Laval, Longueuil, Lévis, Terrebonne, Montreal-Centre (Montreal) Pointe-de-l‘Île (Montreal East), Saint-Eustache and West Island (Montreal West). Petits Frères also has two vacation lodges: Juliette Huot Lodge in Oka and Lac Saint-Joseph Lodge.

Local Friends of the Elderly programs made up 88% of Petits Frères’ program costs in F2015. Local Friends of the Elderly includes subprograms such as long-term pairing, home visits, quality of life services, senior wishes, celebrations and outings, end-of-life commitment services and vacation getaways. Petits Frères calls the isolated seniors that it serves “Elder Friends.” The charity currently has more than 1,200 Elder Friends and reports that the number of seniors served increased by close to 25% in F2015. The charity’s flagship program within Local Friends of The Elderly is its pairing service, where Elder Friends get to spend one-on-one time with a volunteer. Through its home visits service, Petits Frères made 14,000 visits to hospitals, care facilities and homes in F2015. Vacation getaway services, available at the Juliette Huot Lodge and Lac Saint-Joseph lodge, collectively hosted 654 Elder Friends in F2015. Petits Frères reports 1,064 seniors are no longer socially isolated due to F2015 Local Friends of the Elderly programming.

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Ci consolidated Petits Frères with its associated Foundation in the following financial analysis. Ci gathered the Foundation’s financial information from its T3010 CRA filings. For F2015, Ci could not reconcile the Foundation’s revenue reported in Petits Frères’ audited financial statements with revenue reported in the T3010 CRA filing. Ci included the difference of $914k in other revenue.

Petits Frères is a medium-sized charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $2.7m in F2015. Administrative costs are 19% of revenues and fundraising costs are 22% of donations and fundraising. $0.41 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls just above Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Past overhead spending falls just within Ci’s reasonable range, with F2014 overhead costs being $0.40 of every donated dollar (F2013: $0.37).

Petits Frères and its Foundation hold funding reserves of $10.7m, which can cover annual program costs for 3.9 years.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Petits Frères. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 24, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 19.3%20.1%16.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 21.9%19.6%20.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 397.6%459.3%530.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,504,8351,285,9251,536,704
Government funding 100,861174,592110,541
Business activities (net) 135,539116,14193,183
Special events 1,157,9541,210,4901,166,939
Investment income 234,293755,524424,098
Other income 948,89142,40065,306
Total revenues 4,082,3733,585,0723,396,771
Program costs 2,681,0222,293,7561,915,539
Administrative costs 741,401568,864491,449
Fundraising costs 582,652488,283545,446
Cash flow from operations 77,298234,169444,337
Funding reserves 10,659,43810,535,34110,165,364

Note: Charity Intelligence has analyzed the charity’s French audited financial statements to the best of our abilities but we recognize that detailed financial information is beyond our linguistic expertise. Material omissions may not be reflected in Charity Intelligence’s analysis. Ci reported commercial business revenues net of direct expenses in business activities, decreasing revenues and expenses by $223k in F2015, $187k in F2014 and $209k in F2013. To report on a cash basis, Ci did not include amortization of deferred capital contributions of $9k in F2015, $9k in F2014 and $142k in F2013 or amortization of deferred contributions related to disposal of capital assets of $126k in F2015. Ci recognized contributions related to capital assets received during the year of $18k in F2015 and $34k in F2013 in donations. Since the revenue sources related to deferred contributions could not be accurately determined, Ci did not adjust for deferred contributions. Ci did not report loss on sale of capital assets, reducing expenses by $22k in F2015 and $129k in F2013. Ci did not report transfers between the Foundation and Petits Frères of $616k in F2015, $322k in F2014 and $293k in F2013, decreasing revenues and expenses accordingly. Ci backed out Foundation amortization from program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 56

Avg. Compensation: $49,320

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 F2015

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