Canadian Foodgrains Bank

400-393 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6
Executive Director: Andy Harrington
Board Chair: Kenneth Kim

Charitable Reg. #:11883 1106 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 87 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Foodgrains Bank:

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a 5-star rated charity and a top 10 impact charity. It has an A+ grade in results reporting, best practices in financial transparency, and low overhead spending.

Founded in 1983, Canadian Foodgrains Bank (Foodgrains Bank) is a Christian charity that works to eliminate global hunger. Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church-based agencies that work in developing countries to meet emergency food needs and provide long-term solutions to hunger. The charity states that up to 828 million people worldwide experience hunger, 98% of whom live in developing countries. 

A Charity Intelligence 2022 Top 10 Impact Charity

Foodgrains Bank runs two main international programs: Emergency Food Assistance and Long-term Response to Hunger (Agriculture and Livelihoods)In F2022, the charity ran 106 projects in 34 countries, which reached 939,447 people. By region, it ran 70 projects in Africa ($32m budgeted), 28 projects in Asia ($16m), and eight projects in the Americas ($4m).

In F2022, Canadian Foodgrains Bank granted $23.7m to other agencies to carry out food assistance programs. The charity's three largest grant recipients were World Renew ($12.5m), ADRA Canada ($7.4m), and Mennonite Central Committee Canada ($1.8m).

Emergency Food Assistance accounted for 67% of total program spending in F2022. The charity provides emergency food and nutrition assistance to families affected by humanitarian crises. Canadian Foodgrains Bank distributes food rations and vouchers/cash to purchase food. Foodgrains Bank reports responding to humanitarian emergencies in 19 countries in F2022. The top three crises responded to by budget were Syria ($4.3m), Yemen ($2.7m), and Lebanon ($2.5m).

Long-term Response (Agriculture and Livelihoods) made up 25% of program spending in F2022. The charity works to address long-term hunger by promoting sustainable agriculture practices and improving family nutrition, particularly for pregnant/nursing mothers. The charity approved funding to support 442,373 people facing long-term hunger and malnutrition in 24 countries.

The remaining portion of program spending went to Canadian Foodgrains Bank's Nutrition (5%), Public Policy (2%), and Public Engagement (<1%) programs. The charity's Public Policy program advocates for change with government policymakers. Its Public Engagement program aims to educate and engage Canadians in its mission of ending global hunger.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, Canadian Foodgrains Bank reported providing emergency food assistance to 402,072 people in 19 countries. The Foodgrains Bank responded to various disasters and crises, including the conflict and flooding in South Sudan and the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

As for its Long-term Response program, the charity reports that it trained 60k farmers in conservation agriculture (CA) techniques in F2020. The charity evaluated a sample of CA and non-CA yields in two regions of Ethiopia, four regions of Kenya, and three regions of Tanzania. All regions showed greater yields attributed to CA, ranging from 23% to 440%, with an average increase of crop yield of 72%. At the individual level, because of Foodgrains Bank's agriculture training, 84% of farmers reported an increase in crop yields in F2020.

Charity Intelligence highlights these key results. They may not be a complete representation of Foodgrains Bank's results

Charity Intelligence rates Canadian Foodgrains Bank as High in demonstrated impact per dollar. 

A Charity Intelligence 2022 Top 10 Impact Charity

Impact Rating: High

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Canadian Foodgrains Bank received total donations of $19.9m in F2022. It also received $35.1m in government funding, representing 52% of total revenue in F2022. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 8% of donations. For every dollar donated, 87 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending.

The Foodgrains Bank has funding reserves of $71.2m, which can cover one year and four months of annual program costs.

­Canadian Foodgrains Bank holds $21.1m in invested funds, $15.7m of which are in short-term investments and $5.4m in long-term investments.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Foodgrains Bank for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 20, 2022 by Ann Lei.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.1%4.9%7.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.5%9.7%12.3%
Total overhead spending 12.6%14.6%19.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 137.8%144.6%99.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 19,87915,83112,931
International donations 1,171342928
Goods in kind 08680
Government funding 35,14837,35325,170
Fees for service 909090
Investment income 574311748
Other income 10,8619,4235,513
Total revenues 67,72364,21845,380
Program costs - International 27,01624,27027,073
Program costs - Canada 9888541,018
Grants 23,67217,05317,053
Administrative costs 3,4133,1313,134
Fundraising costs 1,4931,5321,590
Other costs (34)(3)(29)
Total spending 56,54946,83749,840
Cash flow from operations 11,17417,381(4,460)
Capital spending 025931
Funding reserves 71,21460,97545,030

Note: Ci reported international donations from the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA separately from Canadian donations. Donated land with a value of $868k in F2021 was removed from Canadian donations and reported separately as donated goods in kind. Ci reported foreign exchange gain as investment income affecting revenue by $34k in F2022, $3k in F2021, and $29k in F2020. Ci adjusted for unrealized gain (loss) affecting revenue by $41k in F2022, ($32k) in F2021, and $nil in F2020. Ci adjusted for deferred government funding from international organizations (Gates Foundation, Packard Foundation, and Norwegian Development Fund), affecting revenue by $285k in F2022, ($259k) in F2021, and $235k in F2020. Ci adjusted for deferred Canadian government funding affecting revenue by $3.4m in F2022, $9.4m in F2021, and ($4.8m) in F2020. To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for amortization in program, administrative, and fundraising costs pro-rata. Additionally, Ci used the charity's T3010 filing to report grants to partner organizations of $23.7m, separate from international program costs. Ci adjusted for gain (loss) on disposal of capital assets and land affecting expenses by ($2k) in F2022, $2k in F2021, and $2k in F2020.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 44

Avg. compensation: $86,210

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 F2022

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001