Samaritan's Purse Canada

20 Hopewell Way NE
Calgary, AB T3J 5H5
President & CEO: Franklin Graham
Vice Board Chair: Dennis Glubish

Charitable Reg. #:11913 8527 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 86 cents are available for programs.

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About Samaritan's Purse Canada:

Founded in 1973, Samaritan’s Purse Canada (SPC) is a Christian evangelical relief and development charity that provides aid to hurting people – victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. It helps all people regardless of their religious faith, race, gender, or socio-economic standing. Samaritan’s Purse also aims to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ around the world. SPC runs an annual Operation Christmas Child program, international community projects, North American ministries, and international disaster responses.

Covid-19 response: To respond to the covid-19 pandemic, Samaritan's Purse has opened field hospitals in Italy and the US. Its field hospital units include 68 beds, of which 10 are intensive care with ventilators. Each field hospital has a 67-person team that includes doctors, nurses, and lab technicians from the US, the UK and Canada.

On March 29, 2020, Samaritan's Purse deployed a field hospital in Central Park, New York City. This supports New York City's 20,330 hospital beds and 2,010 ICU beds. This increases New York City's ICU capacity by 0.5%.

Samaritan's Purse is a Christian evangelical charity that states strong beliefs on homosexuality and Islam, to which Samaritan's Purse has responded.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada’s Operation Christmas Child made up 58% of total program spending in F2018. It is a hands-on program through which people in Canada and nine other “sending” countries pack millions of shoeboxes with gifts for children in more than 100 “receiving” countries. Samaritan’s Purse reports that more than 10.6 million shoeboxes were collected to be sent for children in F2018. SPC says that 517,437 children received shoeboxes packed by Canadians.

In F2018, Samaritan’s Purse Canada ran many international community projects that made up 24% of total program spending. These programs include Animals, Agriculture & Livelihoods; Children’s Ministries; Discipleship, Education & Training; Health & Medical Ministries; Human Trafficking Prevention; Water Projects; and Women’s Programs. Through Water Projects, SPC reports that it installed 4,910 bio-sand filters and 1,564 latrines in five countries. It also built 695 freshwater wells and other water systems in F2018. SPC says that it helped 137 children through Health & Medical Ministries, and 294,000 children through Discipleship programs funded by Canadians. Additionally, 112,000 women benefitted from Samaritan’s Purse Women’s Programs, and 2,000 people in seven countries participated in Human Trafficking exploitation rehabilitation programs in F2018. Agriculture programs trained 3,800 people, and Children’s Ministries provided educational assistance to 3,000 children in F2018.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada used 17% of total program spending on North American Ministries in F2018. Through its North American Ministries, SPC assisted over 450 families in four provinces by training and deploying over 1,850 volunteers. Through its Operation Heal Our Patriots program, SPC helped over 40 Canadian military couples.

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Results and Impact

Samaritan’s Purse Canada reports that through international programs, it treated over 2,000 patients for diphtheria. SPC reports that of the 40 Ethiopian women who participated in the rehabilitation program for women exiting prostitution, at least 85% did not return to prostitution. It also presented the gospel to 31,000 women through Women’s Programs and 36,300 children through Children’s Ministries.

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

Charity Intelligence has given Samaritan's Purse a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Samaritan’s Purse Canada is a Major 100 charity, with total donations of $28.8m in F2018. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 6% of donations. For every dollar donated, 86 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $14.8m can cover four months of annual program costs.

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 August 19, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending ---
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.3%7.7%6.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.5%5.8%6.9%
Total overhead spending 13.8%13.4%13.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 32.9%38.9%35.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 28,83630,39426,511
Goods in kind 23,80725,43428,353
Government funding 01,5004,052
Investment income 357105126
Total revenues 53,00057,43259,041
Program costs - International 11,15917,0300
Program costs - Canada 33,85734,46257,028
Administrative costs 4,3494,3974,073
Fundraising costs 1,5951,7561,818
Total spending 50,96157,64662,919
Cash flow from operations 2,039(213)(3,878)
Capital spending 7,667412317
Funding reserves 14,80320,01620,050

Note: Ci did not report loss on sale of capital assets, affecting revenue by ($36k) in F2018 and ($12k) in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 86

Avg. Compensation $87,156

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 F2017

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Comments from a previous profile update:

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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Eric Reguly, "M*A*S*H, Italian-style: Canadians are part of a medical team learning to fight coronavirus in the field", Globe and Mail, March 26, 2020

Data on New York City's hospital bed capacity