18 King St E., 14th Floor
Toronto, ON M5C 1C4
CEO: Susan McIsaac
Board Chair: Dag Skattum

Charitable Reg. #:88880 4218 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 76 cents are available for programs.

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About Right to Play :

Founded in 2000 by Norwegian Olympian Johan Olav Koss, Right To Play (RTP) is an international charity that works to protect, educate, and empower children to rise above adversity using the power of play. Right To Play allows children to learn by focusing on four types of play: games, sport, creative play, and free play. RTP focuses on five key areas of development: quality education, gender equality, health and well-being, child protection, and peaceful communities. In F2019, the charity gave 2.35 million children a safe place to play and learn through 72 refugee camps around the world. It also reports that 50% of the children and youth in its programs are girls.

In F2019, Right To Play launched Puzzle TV, a television show in Lebanon that promotes inclusion, tolerance, and gender equality. The show aims to empower young people to understand their rights, develop life skills, and advocate for positive change in their communities. As of F2019, 26 episodes have aired in 41 countries across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. More than 5 million children have viewed the show.

Since 2016, Right To Play has taught more than 5,000 teenage girls in Karachi financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and other skills through the GOAL Project. In 2019, the project was expanded to Islamabad to support more girls. In Tanzania, the Girls on Track project supports out-of-school children and youth by providing activities designed to help them re-enroll in school. The program also teaches youth about child protection, gender equality, the value of education, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. In F2019, the charity helped the Rwandan government to launch a new science curriculum through the Power of Play project. The curriculum is focused on waste prevention and how to take care of the environment. As of F2019, 20,000 children have benefited from the project.

Recent news: January 8, 2021 RTP announced Susan McIsaac as the new CEO. McIsaac joined RTP in 2019 as Chief of Philanthropy. She was the former head of United Way Greater Toronto. Dag Skattum is RTP's new chair of the board. Former CEO Kevin Frey moves to lead Generation Unlimited, a new UN initiative based out of New York.

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Results and Impact

Right To Play reports that schools that implemented experiential learning activities saw a 59% decrease in peer violence against girls. Further, there was a decrease  from 18% to 5% in the number of girls exhibiting depression. In terms of health, 60% of girls who participated in the Girls on Track project reported improved knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights. In F2019, the charity reports that 1,767 children left the worst forms of child labour in Mali and went back to school.

In Ethiopia, the charity reports that Right To Play programs helped 74% of children cope with new situations and make difficult decisions, compared with 32% before programs. In Tanzania, the charity reports that 83% of children demonstrated emotional management skills, compared with 44% before programs.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Right To Play's results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Right To Play an Average impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Average

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Right To Play is a Major 100 charity, meaning it is one of Canada's largest charities in terms of donations. The charity received $35.5m in donations in F2019. The charity also received $19.2m in government funding (35% of total revenue) in F2019. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues and fundraising costs are 21% of donations. For every dollar donated, 76 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $24.6m can cover 6.5 months of annual program costs.

In F2018, the charity paid $461k to external fundraisers. The charity's T3010 filing with the CRA does not report how much revenue was collected by external fundraisers.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Right To Play for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 22, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar. Recent news added March 31, 2021 by Kate Bahen.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.9%3.6%3.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 21.3%20.9%17.7%
Total overhead spending 24.1%24.5%20.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 54.1%58.6%48.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 35,52934,13132,763
Government funding 19,22117,85919,469
Other income 347277166
Total revenues 55,09752,26752,398
Program costs - International 43,33340,90537,375
Program costs - Canada 2,1981,7617,309
Administrative costs 1,5741,8911,627
Fundraising costs 7,5497,1255,787
Total spending 54,65451,68252,098
Cash flow from operations 444585300
Capital spending 438932286
Funding reserves 24,64825,00221,572

Note: Right To Play’s financial statements consolidate information from the charity’s controlled entities in Canada, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, USA, Hong Kong, Germany, Sweden, and Beijing. Ci used the charity's F2019 and F2018 Annual Reports to break down donations and government funding for the respective years. The breakdown for F2017 donations and government funding was provided to Ci by the charity. All non-government and non-Canadian donation revenues are included in other income. Ci adjusted for amortization of capital assets pro-rata from program, administrative, and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 428

Avg. Compensation: $41,080

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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Charity Contact

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