Samaritan's Purse Canada

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

Charitable Reg. #: 11913 8527 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #76

Avg. Compensation $80,029

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 emergency relief programs, community development & vocational programs, an annual Operation Christmas Child program, Medical projects, Teams programs, and Water projects. In 2016, Samaritan’s Purse Canada helped over 12 million people in 149 countries, and reports that over 1.5 million made the life-changing decision to give their heart to Christ.

Through Operation Christmas Child, SPC annually collects shoe boxes filled with presents for children. In 2016, the charity collected 11,486,773 gifts and reached almost 11.5 million children across 104 countries. The Greatest Journey is a Bible study course run by local churches and ministry partners supported by SPC. In 2016, the course was offered in more than 70 languages and total enrollment was 416,000 students. SPC states that 115,000 of these students made the decision for Christ, bringing the seven-year total to over 5 million new believers.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada’s WASH program has installed 250,000 biosand water filters since 1998. Because of these filters, SPC reports that 1.5 million people have access to safe, clean water. The charity’s World Medical Mission program deployed over 725 healthcare professionals to 38 hospitals in 34 countries in 2016, and also shipped over 227 tons of medical supplies to 19 overseas facilities. SPC’s human trafficking prevention activities in Uganda reached 117 women through exploitation rehabilitation and trained 21,000 people in exploitation prevention in 2016. Its Sanyuka Women At Risk Ministry, which has existed for 10 years, reports a 90% success rate in ensuring women do not return to prostitution.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) program had three international responses in 2016 – a war relief response in Iraq, a hurricane response in Haiti, and an earthquake response in Ecuador. To help those affected by ISIS activities, SPC distributed 20,000 blankets, 5,000 tarps, and more than 2,000 tons of food in northern Iraq in 2015. Additionally, the charity deployed 50 Canadian doctors and nurses to its Emergency Field Hospital in the area, who performed 1,300 major surgeries. After Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, SPC airlifted 200 tons of emergency supplies to Haiti and the Bahamas, and distributed 8,000 blankets, 8,000 hygiene kits, 31,756 shelter tarps and 11,375 water filtration systems. The charity also treated 400 cholera patients. After a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador’s coast in April 2016, SPC’s Emergency Field Hospital in the area treated 1,285 people. including 287 surgeries. An additional 50,000 people received clean water and 5,000 families received shelter.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada’s Canadian Disaster Relief team made four deployments in 2016, including the Fort McMurray disaster response, which was the charity’s second largest Canadian deployment ever. SPC also helped those affected by flooding in Ontario and Quebec.

Financial Review:

With total donations of $26.5m in F2016, Samaritan’s Purse Canada is a Major 100, meaning it is one of Canada’s 100 largest charities in terms of donations. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues and fundraising costs are 7% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.86 goes toward its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. SPC’s funding reserves total $20.1m and can cover only 35% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Samaritan's Purse Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 27, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.9%5.9%6.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.9%5.5%6.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 35.2%38.7%38.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 26,51131,89427,877
Goods in kind 28,35331,72429,609
Government funding 4,0524,0985,069
Investment income 126439385
Total revenues 59,04168,15462,941
Program costs 57,02860,33256,928
Administrative costs 4,0733,9653,808
Fundraising costs 1,8181,7581,733
Cash flow from operations (3,878)2,099472
Funding reserves 20,05023,37021,938
Note: Ci did not report loss on sale of capital assets, increasing revenue by $4k in F2015 and $1k in F2014.

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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