18 King St E., 14th Floor
Toronto, ON M5C 1C4
CEO: Kevin Frey
Board Chair: Rob MacLellan

Charitable Reg. #:88880 4218 RR0001


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

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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 gives children the opportunity to learn different things 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 F2018, the charity gave 2.3 million children a safe place to play and learn through its 52 refugee camps around the world. It also reports that 50% of the children and youth in its programs are girls.

Right to Play reports that inequalities in education result in over 260 million children out of school worldwide. Millions more are not learning because of a lack of trained teachers in their communities. Through its education program, RTP reports that in F2018, over 220,000 children across Ghana, Mozambique, and Rwanda are now actively engaged and participating in classes taught by Right to Play-trained teachers.

According to the charity, every seven seconds, a girl under 15 is forced into a marriage that will extinguish her power and limit her future. Right to Play’s Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls program supported over 8,000 girls and boys confronting gender-based violence in F2018. In Mozambique, the Gender-Responsive Education and Transformation program works with over 23,000 girls to resist child marriage, say no to unwanted sex, and to teach them to take care of their bodies as they grow.

Malaria and sanitation-based diseases are 100 per cent preventable. However, Right to Play reports that over 219 million people are infected with malaria every year and children are the most vulnerable, making up over half of the disease’s deaths. Additionally, 2.5 billion people lack access to proper sanitation, putting them at risk of cholera, dysentery, diarrhea, typhoid, and polio. In F2018, RTP taught almost 110,000 children in Ghana how to protect their bodies using sanitation techniques and equipment. In Rwanda, over 19,000 children are in RTP’s hand-washing programs and are preventing communicable diseases.

Right to Play reports that through its child protection program in F2018, its Jam Suka project worked with over 76,000 children in Mali to help them learn about their rights and to be respected. RTP says that over 11 million children worldwide are refugees fleeing from conflict and disasters. The charity’s peaceful communities program works with over 57,000 children in Jordan, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories living in refugee camps and the communities that host them.

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Results and Impact

Right to Play reports that due to its gender equality programs, peer violence against girls in Pakistan decreased by 59% in 20 schools. In Tanzania, girls saying that they have the confidence to say no to unwanted sex increased from 13% to 59% in 18 months.

Due to its health and well-being programs, RTP reports that 92% of children in Rwanda and Uganda know how to prevent communicable diseases versus 76% of other children in Rwanda and 42% in Uganda who are not in RTP programs.

Right to Play reports that in Mali, 1,767 children left work in the gold mines and returned to school in F2018. In the Middle East, the charity reports that children in Right to Play peaceful communities programs are three times more likely to say they know how to avoid conflict than children who are not in the 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 a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Analysis was completed using the most recent information available at the time this report was written. Right to Play is headquartered in Toronto, so it reports financial statements consolidated with Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, USA, Hong Kong, Germany, Sweden, and Beijing.

Right to Play is a ­­­­large charity, with total donations of $34.1m in F2018. The charity also received $17.9m of government funding, making up 34% of total revenues in F2018. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues (excluding investment income) 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 $25.0m can cover seven months of annual program costs.

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

Updated on August 12, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.6%3.1%4.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.8%14.5%19.5%
Total overhead spending 24.4%17.6%24.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 58.5%48.3%42.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 34,13139,82933,291
Goods in kind 00319
Government funding 17,85912,51620,536
Other income 27752146
Total revenues 52,26752,39854,292
Program costs - International 35,80637,37536,955
Program costs - Canada 6,9037,3096,220
Administrative costs 1,8831,6272,554
Fundraising costs 7,0915,7876,507
Total spending 51,68252,09852,236
Cash flow from operations 5853002,057
Capital spending 93228695
Funding reserves 25,00221,57218,320

Note: Ci used the charity's F2018 and F2016 Annual Reports to break down donations and government funding for the respective years. Such break down was not included in the F2017 Annual Report. Therefore, Ci used the charity's CRA T3010 filing to break down these revenues. All non-government and non-Canadian donation revenues are included in other income. Ci adjusted for amortization of capital assets pro-rata, affecting expenses by ($109k) in F2018, ($36k) in F2017, and ($10k) in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 426

Avg. Compensation: $41,214

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 F2017

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