Canadian Foodgrains Bank

400-393 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6
Executive Director: Jim Cornelius
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) 85 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Foodgrains Bank:

Founded in 1983, Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB) is a Christian charity that works to eliminate hunger around the world. CFB is a partnership of 15 churches and church-based agencies that work towards this goal. CFB states that approximately 800 million people around the world are undernourished. Children, women, and rural communities are most at risk for hunger. In F2018, CFB helped over 800,000 people in 34 countries through 3 international programs: Humanitarian Food Assistance, Agriculture & Livelihoods, and Nutrition. CFB’s Public Engagement program aims to educate and engage Canadians in its mission of ending global hunger. CFB also runs Public Policy programs which advocate for changes that enable families and communities to better feed themselves.

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Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s Humanitarian Food Assistance programs made up 58% of total program spending in F2018. This program provides food and nutrition assistance in emergencies, and can take the form of food distributions, special therapeutic foods, or vouchers or cash to purchase food. CFB reports responding to emergencies in 17 countries in Africa, the Americas, and Asia and the Middle East in F2018.

In F2018, Canadian Foodgrains Bank spent 31% of total program spending on Agriculture & Livelihoods programs. These programs work to address the long-term hunger problem by promoting sustainable agriculture practices, helping people return home after displacement, and helping to ensure that families and communities are prepared to withstand and recover from natural disasters. CFB reports that in F2018, Agriculture & Livelihoods programs were completed in 27 countries.

In F2018, Canadian Foodgrains Bank ran 117 projects: 68% (79) were projects in Africa, 27% (32) in Asia, and 5% (6) in the Americas. CFB reports directly helping 843,967 people in F2018 (down 9% from F2017) at $48 per person based on total operating costs.

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Results and Impact

Canadian Foodgrains Bank reports that over 14,000 children were treated for severe acute malnutrition in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Somalia and South Sudan in F2018. Over the last three years in East Africa, CFB reports that 31,605 farmers have been trained in conservation agriculture methods. As a result, 25,512 farmers are implementing conservation agriculture on their farms.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s results and impact.

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

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Impact Rating: High

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Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a ­­­­large charity, with total donations of $19.3m in F2019. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 8% of donations. For every dollar donated, 85 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $47.6m can cover 1.2 years of annual program costs.

­­CFB paid external fundraisers $16k in F2018 to raise $113k for a cost of 14 cents per dollar raised.

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

Updated on June 26, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.7%6.4%6.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.4%7.1%8.5%
Total overhead spending 15.1%13.6%14.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 116.6%117.1%103.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 19,26120,42015,768
Government funding 28,20928,00630,366
Fees for service 909090
Investment income 512402324
Other income 947152
Total revenues 48,16648,98946,600
Program costs 40,82224,22325,896
Grants 014,66913,785
Administrative costs 3,2143,1302,905
Fundraising costs 1,6151,4581,339
Other costs (30)0(8)
Total spending 45,62143,48043,917
Cash flow from operations 2,5445,5092,684
Capital spending 7799103
Funding reserves 47,60645,54040,949

Note: To report on a cash bases, Ci adjusted for amortization. This reduced expenses by $143k in F2019, $163k in F2018, and $160k in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 38

Avg. Compensation: $87,307

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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