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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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) 88 cents are available for programs.

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About Samaritan's Purse Canada:

Founded in 1973, Samaritan's Purse Canada (SPC) is the Canadian chapter of Samaritan's Purse, a Christian evangelical relief and development charity that provides aid to hurting people. The charity aims to support victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. Assistance is offered to all people regardless of their religious faith, race, gender, or socio-economic standing. Samaritan's Purse also promotes the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ around the world. It states strong beliefs on homosexuality and Islam, to which Samaritan's Purse has responded.

Operation Christmas Child represented 57% of program spending in F2019. The hands-on program collects shoeboxes from Canadian donors and distributes them to children living in desperate situations. In the past, countries in Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia have received shoeboxes. In F2019, Samaritan's Purse reports that more than 10.5 million shoeboxes were collected to be sent for children. SPC also says that 490,471 children received shoeboxes packed by Canadians.

International programming represented 37% of program spending in F2019. To support people around the world, Samaritan's Purse Canada operates a variety of programs relating to agriculture, education, and health. In F2019, SPC reports that it installed 4,628 bio-sand filters and provided 138,323 people with safe drinking water. Also, SPC educated 29,751 people on proper nutrition and provided medical care to 11,010 people. Additionally, 147,000 women benefitted from women's programs.

The remaining 6% of program spending was spent on international disaster response (3%) and North American ministries (3%) in F2019. In response 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.

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Results and Impact

In response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Samaritan's Purse opened an Ebola Treatment Centre that has treated more than 600 people. Also, the charity distributed shelter materials and other necessities to more than 15,000 families affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.

Samaritan's Purse Canada reports that, because of Operation Christmas Child, 16.6 million children in 114 countries have learned to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

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, meaning it is one of Canada's largest charities in terms of donations. The charity received $27.5m in donations in F2019. The charity also received $22.3m in donated shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues and fundraising costs are 5% of donations. For every dollar donated, 88 cents go the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $12.8m can cover 7.4 months of annual program costs.

The charity spent $2.6m in F2019, $7.7m in F2018, and $412k in F2017 on capital expenditures. Spending in F2018 relates to the construction of a 120,234 sq. foot warehouse next to the charity's current building. The project was completed in F2019.

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 June 24, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.1%7.8%7.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.3%6.4%6.3%
Total overhead spending 12.4%14.1%13.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 61.8%70.7%77.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 27,53624,96827,731
International donations 03,6502,663
Goods in kind 22,29123,80725,434
Government funding 02181,500
Investment income 70357105
Total revenues 49,89653,00057,432
Program costs - International 10,68211,15917,030
Program costs - Canada 10,0159,7858,750
Donated goods exp 22,29123,80725,434
Administrative costs 3,5164,0834,123
Fundraising costs 1,4621,5951,756
Total spending 47,96650,43157,093
Cash flow from operations 1,9302,569340
Capital spending 2,5907,667412
Funding reserves 12,78914,80320,016

Note: Ci did not report loss on sale of capital assets, decreasing revenues by $123k in F2019, $36k in F2018, and $12k in F2017. Amortization has been removed from Canadian programming, administrative, and fundraising costs pro-rata. Donated goods were removed from Canadian program costs and listed as a separate expense.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 85

Avg. Compensation: $91,204

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 F2018

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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

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