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Samaritan's Purse Canada

20 Hopewell Way NE
Calgary, AB T3J 5H5
Executive Director: Fred Weiss
Board Chair: Franklin Graham

Charitable Reg. #: 11913 8527 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
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 for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Low

Full-time staff #76

Avg. Compensation $89,893

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 1
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 7
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Samaritan's Purse Canada:

Founded in 1973, Samaritan’s Purse Canada (SPC) is the Canadian Arm of a Christian evangelical charity led by Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham. It is a Christian relief and development charity that helps people affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. SPC helps all people regardless of religion, race, gender, or socio-economic standing. By partnering with local churches, SPC runs disaster relief programs, Medical projects, an annual Operation Christmas Child program, Water projects, Teams (mission trips) programs, and community development & vocational programs.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada helped with three hurricanes and with Canadian disaster relief in 2017. In response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, respectively, the charity cleaned or repaired 2,941 houses in Texas and 900 in Florida. In response to Hurricane Maria, SPC provided 75,173 tarps, 912,000 litres of water, 34,221 boxes of food, and 3,213 people with medical care in Puerto Rico.  The charity also provided Hurricane Maria relief to Dominica, including 18,179 tarps, 1.9 million litres of water, and 77 patients with surgery. In Canada, the charity helped over 40 homeowners with flood relief work regarding the Okanagan Lake flood in BC, over 50 homeowners with help regarding the Windsor-Essex flood in southern Ontario, and sent a Disaster Relief Unit to New Brunswick and another to Grand Forks, BC due to flooding from snow melts and rain. In total, Canadian disaster relief assisted 260 families.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada provided emergency medical programs to war zones in Iraq and to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in 2017. The charity performed 1,711 surgeries at Emergency Field Hospital in Iraq during the first 9 months of 2017 and saw over 4,000 patients. When diphtheria spread through the Bangladesh refugee camps, the charity immediately built a 70-bed clinic, and for those who needed advanced surgeries, two 24-bed wards at a hospital. The charity also used its jet to fly 20 tons of medical supplies and equipment to Bangladesh.

Through Operation Christmas Child, SPC annually collects shoeboxes filled with presents for children. In 2017, the charity collected 10,999,794 gifts and distributed them to children across over 100 countries. The Greatest Journey is a 12-lesson Bible study course run by local churches and ministry partners supported by SPC. In 2017, almost 4 million children in over 100 countries enrolled in these lessons; 230,000 of these students were funded by Canadians.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada’s water, sanitation & hygiene program built 5,100 biosand filters in 2017. The same year, it drilled or repaired 113 wells to provide clean water to over 54,000 people. The charity also organized 26 teams, totalling 360 participants, to 10 countries in 2017 to provide medical care, clean water, and distribute Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

The charity runs community development programs. The charity’s animal and agriculture programs distributed 1,250 pigs, cows, chickens, and goats. SPC’s human trafficking prevention program provided 1,250 people with training in exploitation prevention or with help for those who have been exploited.

Results and Impact:  In its community development program, Samaritan’s Purse Canada reports that its women’s programs trained 17,600 mothers in nutrition and health on topics including common child diseases. The charity also trained 10,000 people in agriculture and home gardening. SPC notes that a child with diphtheria can die if not treated, and the charity reports that the survival rate against this disease in its Bangladesh treatment center was over 99%.

Financial Review:

With total donations of $30.4m in 2017, Samaritan’s Purse Canada is a Major 100 charity, meaning it is one of Canada’s 100 largest charities in terms of donations. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 6% of donations. Per dollar donated, 87 cents go to the cause, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. SPC’s funding reserves total $20.0m and cover under 5 months of program costs, indicating a funding need.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Samaritan’s Purse Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 27, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending ---
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.7%6.9%5.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.8%6.9%5.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 38.9%35.2%38.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 30,39426,51131,894
Goods in kind 25,43428,35331,724
Government funding 1,5004,0524,098
Investment income 105126439
Total revenues 57,43259,04168,154
Program costs 51,49257,02860,332
Administrative costs 4,3974,0733,965
Fundraising costs 1,7561,8181,758
Cash flow from operations (213)(3,878)2,099
Funding reserves 20,01620,05023,370
Note: Ci did not report loss on sale of capital assets, affecting revenue by ($12k) in F2017 and $4k in F2015.

Comments added by the Charity:

Many of the children who receive Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes have never received a gift during their entire lives. Samaritan’s Purse encourages supporters to pack their shoeboxes with a combination of –

1)     School supplies (pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, solar calculators, rulers, scissors, markers, etc.)

2)     Hygiene items (soap bars, toothbrushes, combs/brushes, hair accessories, tweezers, wash cloths, towels, bandages, etc.)

3)     Toys (balls, Lego, harmonicas, jigsaw puzzles, cars/trucks, soccer/basketballs & pumps, tool kits, coloring books, craft items, etc.)

Go here to view a list of The Top 100 Shoebox Items.

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