Samaritan's Purse Canada

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

Charitable Reg. #:11913 8527 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


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) 89 cents are available for programs.

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About Samaritan's Purse Canada:

Samaritan's Purse Canada is a two-star charity and one of the largest charities in Canada in terms of donations. The charity has an average results reporting grade and is financially transparent. Although it has reasonable overhead spending, its programs have low demonstrated impact resulting in a rating of two stars. 

Founded in 1973, Samaritan’s Purse Canada (SPC) is a Christian evangelical charity that does essential relief and development work across the world. SPC helps meet the needs of those affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine. The charity is the Canadian chapter of Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan's Purse has international headquarters in the U.S. and additional branches in Australia, Germany, and South Korea. SPC’s main charitable programs are Operation Christmas Child and International Relief. In F2021, it spent $9.2m on Canadian programs excluding donated goods, $11.6m on international programs excluding donated goods, and $20.2m on donated goods used in programs.

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Franklin Graham, President and CEO of Samaritan's Purse Canada, has stated strong beliefs on homosexuality and Islam, to which Samaritan's Purse has responded.

In F2021, Samaritan’s Purse Canada reports that it spent $22.0m on Operation Christmas Child (including donated goods used in programs), representing 53% of program spending. The mission of this program is to share the news of Jesus Christ and make disciples of children across the globe. SPC works with local churches to pack and send Christmas gift boxes filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items to kids. In F2021, the charity reports that it sent gifts to more than 10.5 million children in over 100 countries. Operation Christmas Child has a follow up program called The Greatest Journey, which is a 12-lesson program that teaches children how to follow Christ and share him with others. SPC reports that over four million gift recipients joined The Greatest Journey in F2021. 

The charity spent $11.6m on International Relief in F2021, representing 28% of program spending. Samaritan’s Purse Canada runs a variety of international programs related to emergency food, water, agriculture, education and health. In F2021, the charity provided 16,500 pieces of personal protective equipment to people and supported 40 health facilities in India to combat the covid-19 pandemic. During the year, SPC distributed more than 200 tons of emergency relief supplies including food, hygiene kits, and water filtration kits to nearly 300,000 people in the Philippines. In Kenya, the charity gave 2,731 families household water filters. The remaining 19% of program spending was allocated to Ministry Support Services and North American Ministries.


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Results and Impact

In F2021, Samaritan’s Purse Canada reports that it gave emergency food to over 34,000 people in India. It reports that it provided more than 39,000 people in Kenya access to clean water. After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, SPC treated 3,400 injured patients at its emergency field hospital.

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, one of Canada’s largest charities in terms of donations. In F2021, it received $33.1m in donations. The charity also received $20.2m in donated goods (38% of total revenue). Administrative costs are 7% of total revenue excluding investment income. Fundraising costs are 4% of cash donations. This results in total overhead spending of 11%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 89 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s range for reasonable spending.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada has $26.5m in net funding reserves which can cover annual program costs for around one year and three months.

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 28th, 2022 by Arjun Kapur.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.1%7.2%7.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.4%5.2%5.8%
Total overhead spending 11.5%12.4%13.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 127.1%110.3%62.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 33,07727,56224,103
International donations 02,6973,164
Goods in kind 20,20014,83022,291
Government funding 0220269
Investment income 23010170
Total revenues 53,50745,41049,896
Program costs - International 11,63410,35110,682
Program costs - Canada 9,2028,1769,911
Donated goods exp 20,20014,83022,291
Administrative costs 3,7593,2633,681
Fundraising costs 1,4601,4361,402
Total spending 46,25638,05647,966
Cash flow from operations 7,2507,3531,930
Capital spending 6032472,590
Funding reserves 26,49120,43912,789

Note: Ci does not include gain on sale of capital assets in revenue, affecting total revenues by ($20k) in F2021 and ($123k) in F2019. SPC does not report government funding or international donations on its audited financial statements. Ci usually uses the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA to report this information. As the filing for F2021 was not available at the time of this report, government funding and international donations are not reported for F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 94

Avg. compensation: $71,984

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 F2020

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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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