Rotary Foundation Canada

33 King St. West
Caledon, ON L7E 1C7
President: John Stairs
Treasurer: John Gordon

Charitable Reg. #:11912 5797 RR0001


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

Unlock Charity Ratings



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) 91 cents are available for programs.

My anchor


About Rotary Foundation Canada:

Founded in 1917, Rotary Foundation Canada’s mission is to advance goodwill and peace by improving global outcomes in health, education, and poverty. Rotary International is a global service organization that brings together leaders to provide aid. There are more than 300 Canadian clubs registered with Rotary International. Rotary Foundation Canada receives most of its donations from these clubs.

Global projects were 64% of the charity’s spending in F2019. The charity pursues global initiatives with outcomes in one of six areas. These areas include conflict prevention, disease treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education, and economic development. Rotary Foundation Canada does not report on specific projects it funded in F2019. The charity reports that its past projects provided over 90,000 vitamin A doses and 99,000 deworming tablets to improve health in isolated communities.

PolioPlus programs were 24% of spending in F2019. These programs provide funding, volunteers, and support for polio elimination efforts around the world. While the charity does not report on its specific contributions to these efforts, the World Health Organization reports that polio cases have greatly declined since 1988. There were 33 reported cases worldwide in 2018, a decrease of more than 99% over 30 years.

District-level projects made up the remaining 12% of spending. According to the charity, these are local projects led by Canadian clubs to address needs in their communities. Although the charity does not specify projects that it funded in F2019, past projects have included a conference of over 350 attendees to discuss conflict and peacebuilding.

My anchor

Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Rotary Foundation Canada a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

In 2015, Rotary Foundation Canada entered into a five-year grant agreement with Global Affairs Canada on behalf of the Canadian government to support global humanitarian efforts. Global Affairs Canada pledged to contribute $6.0m over five years toward the charity’s programs. These grants focused especially on maternal and child health in under-served communities. Each year since the agreement, the charity has received $1.2m in government funding to conduct its global projects. In F2019, the charity received $1.2m in grants and $1.2m in deferred government funding, thus completing the $6.0m funding commitment.

Rotary Foundation Canada has not identified which specific projects have resulted from these grants. In a summary of the agreement, the charity notes that potential future projects could include micro-credit programs, job skills training, or purchases of new health equipment.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Rotary Foundation Canada’s results and impact.

Impact Rating: Low

My anchor


Rotary Foundation Canada is a large charity with donations of $8.9m in F2019. The charity received $1.2m in government funding, representing 10% of revenue. Its administrative costs are 4% of total revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 5% of donations. As a result, total overhead spending is 9%. For every dollar donated, 91 cents go toward the charity’s programs. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Rotary Foundation Canada has $49.0m in funding reserves, of which $14.1m is donor-endowed. Excluding these donor-endowed funds, Rotary Foundation Canada could cover 411% or 4.1 years of its annual program costs. This does not indicate a need for funding. Rotary Foundation Canada has only one reported employee. 

Rotary Foundation Canada uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In F2019, the charity paid $40k to raise $573k from external fundraisers, for a cost of $0.07 per dollar raised.

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

Updated on May 29, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.9%2.2%1.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.9%4.4%4.6%
Total overhead spending 8.8%6.5%6.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 411.1%388.0%364.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,9509,05611,152
Government funding 1,2001,2001,200
Investment income 2,4385,1305,267
Total revenues 12,58815,38517,619
Program costs - International 8,1187,5737,186
Program costs - Canada 0(4)(37)
Grants 1,0781,2891,326
Administrative costs 396224233
Fundraising costs 434395509
Total spending 10,0269,4779,216
Cash flow from operations 2,5625,9088,403
Funding reserves 49,00444,80439,542

Note: Ci included foreign currency exchange gains (losses) in investment income, affecting total revenues by ($724k) in F2019, $289k in F2018, and ($21k) in F2017. Ci included foreign currency translation gains (losses) in investment income, affecting total revenues by ($711k) in F2019, $283k in F2018, and ($59k) in F2017. Ci included unrealized gains (losses) on investment in investment income, affecting total revenues by $782k in F2019, $1.7m in F2018, and $1.9m in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 1

Avg. Compensation: $49,344

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 F2019

My anchor

Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

No comments have been added by charity

Charity Contact

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 905 533 5100