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Focus On The Family Canada

19,946 80A Avenue
Langley, BC V2Y 0J8
President: Terence Rolston
Board Chair: Terry Jones

Website: www.focusonthefamily.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 10684 5969 RR0001
Sector: Religion
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: C+

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 available only upon request [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2016 2017 2018
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #47

Avg. Compensation $72,844

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 6
$40k - $80k 1
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

About Focus On The Family Canada:

Founded in 1983, Focus on the Family Canada (FFC) aims to strengthen Canadian families through providing Christian resources, counselling referrals, and prayers of support. FFC recognizes that families are made up of imperfect people, so it encourages individuals to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and avoid taking their family for granted.

Every weekday morning, FFC staff gathers to pray for Canadians who are struggling. Prayer requests can be submitted online or over the phone. Families struggling with mental illness, abuse, or other issues can receive a free counselling consultation and be referred to a Christian counsellor in their area. The charity publishes newsletters, magazines, podcasts, and online articles which provide guidance on a variety of issues that may be faced by Canadian families. Advice falls into four categories: marriage, parenting, faith and culture, and life challenges.

FFC provides advice for couples at many relationship stages, including those preparing for marriage and those considering divorce. Marriage enrichment conferences and retreats last one or two days and teach couples about creating a more intimate and loving marriage. The sessions are $80 per couple for a conference and $315-750 per couple for a retreat.

FFC shares parenting advice and best practices on topics including bullying, mental health, school, chores, discipline, and gender dysphoria. For example, FFC’s suggestions for parents of kids with gender dysphoria (transgender) include encouraging the child to develop friendships with people who share the child’s birth sex and encouraging play activities that match their birth sex. With Pluggedin, FFC publishes reviews of movies, TV shows, music, video games and books to help parents make wise media choices. Adventures in Odessey is an audio book that teaches kids about faith in a fun and imaginative way.

Focus on the Family Canada supports families to continue living as Christians even when their faith is challenged. The charity creates a faith and culture newsletter, online articles, and faith-based movies about people who are seeking to do God’s work.

FCC aims to help families work through life challenges including addiction, death, adoption, mental illness, unplanned pregnancy, finding a work-life balance, and healing from abuse. The charity describes that everyone deserves to be treated with respect including those experiencing same-sex attraction while it also states “that the opposite of homosexuality is not heterosexuality. Rather, the opposite of homosexuality is holiness”.(i)

Financial Review:

Focus on the Family Canada is a large charity with donations of $7.6m in F2018. It received $1.5m in revenue from sales, events, and subscriptions which accounted for 16% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 19% of donations. For every dollar donated, 73 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. FFC has $3.8m in funding reserves which could cover six months of program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Focus on the Family Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 14, 2019 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
201820172016
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.5%7.4%7.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 19.4%16.8%14.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 52.1%51.6%30.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201820172016
Donations 7,5977,7997,925
Fees for service 1,4651,1601,034
Other income 318127167
Total revenues 9,3799,0869,127
Program costs 7,2316,9247,095
Administrative costs 700667704
Fundraising costs 1,4701,3071,175
Cash flow from operations (21)187153
Funding reserves 3,7653,5712,182
Note: Amortization has been removed from programming, administrative, and fundraising costs pro-rata.