Canadian Feed The Children

6 Lansing Square, Suite 123
Toronto, ON M2J 1T5
President & CEO: Jacquelyn Wright
Board Chair: Sharon Pel

Charitable Reg. #:11883 0983 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 54 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Feed The Children:

Founded in 1986, Canadian Feed the Children (CFTC) is an international development and relief charity. The charity focuses on helping children in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, and Canada overcome poverty through agriculture and education programs. It also has minor programs that focus on nutrition, gender equality, and capacity building.

Canadian Feed the Children’s agriculture and food security programs made up 86% of total program spending in F2018. In F2019, the charity provided 2.8 million healthy meals and snacks to school children around the world. Additionally, 6,566 farmers (61% women) received seeds, tools, plants, and livestock for increased income from farming activities. CFTC also provided 275,000 meals to indigenous communities across Canada.

In F2018, Canadian Feed the Children’s education programs made up 12% of total program spending. CFTC builds classrooms and water and sanitation facilities in schools and engages parents, teachers, and communities. As of F2019, 28 youth groups have been established and have supported 779 adolescents (91% girls). Youth groups help older children and youth to gain a path to a safe and productive adulthood by providing life skills and sexual and reproductive health education. CFTC has also established 589 livelihood groups, which primarily support women in creating viable income-generating opportunities. In F2019, the charity reported that livelihood groups had 14,053 members.

The remaining 2% of program spending in F2018 was classified as other (including capacity building). 

Program spending breakdowns were not available for F2019 and were based on the charity’s 2018 Annual Report.

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Results and Impact

In Ghana, Canadian Feed the Children reports that agriculture programs have resulted in average increases in crop yields of 20% to 50%. The charity also reports that farmers in Uganda are reporting increases of 40% to 70% in crop production and increases of 45% or more in household income. In Bolivia, 212 parents (86% women) who were trained in urban vegetable production reported that their food expenses decreased by 15%.

In terms of education, school attendance improved from 68% to 92% in Uganda due to school food and sanitation programs. In Ethiopia, early childhood care and education dropout rates are less than 3% since students are provided with daily meals and snacks.

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

Charity Intelligence gave Canadian Feed the Children an impact rating of Good for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Good

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Canadian Feed the Children is a Large charity, receiving $6.6m in donations in F2019. Total donations have decreased over the past three years due to changes in grants received. CFTC received $56k in grants in F2019, $1.5m in F2018, and $4.2m in F2017. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues and fundraising costs are 32% of donations. For every dollar donated, 54 cents go to the cause. This is not within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $2.7m can cover 8.5 months of annual program costs.

In F2018, Canadian Feed the Children paid external fundraisers $259k to raise $429k. In other words, it costs CFTC 60 cents to raise a dollar.

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

Updated on July 9, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.0%11.2%7.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 32.4%23.6%18.9%
Total overhead spending 46.3%34.8%26.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 71.2%55.9%53.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,6388,25311,168
Investment income 10552102
Other income 381114
Total revenues 6,7828,31611,284
Program costs 3,8405,9488,197
Administrative costs 931921870
Fundraising costs 2,1481,9492,105
Total spending 6,9208,81811,172
Cash flow from operations (138)(502)112
Capital spending 28319
Funding reserves 2,7323,3274,370

Note: Ci reduced program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rated basis to adjust for amortization. Ci included foreign exchange loss in program costs, affecting revenues and expenses by $33k in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 47

Avg. Compensation: $66,432

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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Comments & Contact

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In The News: Canadian donors please note that, thankfully, Canadian Feed The Children does not have any association whatsoever with the US charity Feed the Children. It is not connected with or associated with the US charity that has poor ratings. 

Charity Contact

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