Canadian Feed The Children

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

Charitable Reg. #: 11883 0983 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: A-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #42

Avg. Compensation $69,326

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Canadian Feed The Children:


Canadian Feed The Children (CFTC) is an international development agency that aims to break the poverty cycle. Its mission is to unlock children’s potential through community-led action in Canada and around the world. CFTC's programs focus on food security, capacity building, and education in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, and with Indigenous communities in Canada.

In 2016, Canadian Feed The Children spent 75% of program costs on food security programs, helping people in communities grow more food, increase income so that they can afford food, and eat healthy. In F2017, 30,134 farmers, of whom 60% were women, received agricultural training. In one of its programs, the charity provided seeds, tools, plants, and livestock to 9,826 farmers, down from 21,807 farmers in F2016 due to the conclusion of GAC-funded Climate Change Adaptation in Northern Ghana project (CHANGE) project.

Canadian Feed The Children’s capacity-building programs, which were 13% of program costs in 2016, create self-sustaining communities by working through local partners to address gender inequality, build resilience to climate change, implement sustainable farming methods, and support local organizations that support child development. In F2017, CFTC helped 17,235 people, 80% of whom were women, save or earn money through Village Savings and Loans groups. In Ethiopia, CFTC built two warehouses, each capable of storing 300,000 kg of grain, to support farming cooperatives and unions.

In 2016, Canadian Feed The Children spent 9% of program costs on education initiatives, focusing on early childhood development centres, quality primary school education, and ensuring children at school have meals. In F2017, 15 primary school classrooms were built or renovated, and 9 new school water and sanitation facilities were built. The charity trained 170 primary teachers, 223 education and early childhood development educators, and 1,573 parents. CFTC enrolled 4,567 children in childhood development centres. In its school nutrition program, CFTC provided 3.33 million meals and snacks to children, down 34% from F2016 – a drop that represents a shift towards longer-term, sustainable food security projects, including projects such as school and community gardens and land-based education programs. No information was provided for the remaining 3% of program costs.

Canadian Feed The Children also runs in Canada a breakfast program on First Nations reserves. 

Results and Impact: CFTC’s aquaculture programs in Ghana have provided a sustainable source of protein and income to 16,000 food-insecure children, women, and men. Bolivian urban agriculture projects reduced food insecurity from affecting 53% of families in the project in 2013 to 26% in 2016. CFTC’s food security project in a flood- and drought-prone region in Ethiopia improved access to irrigation from 16% in 2012 to 37% in 2017. The project reported increased production in high-value crops. For example, the percentage of households growing mung beans increased from 7.6% in 2012 to 25.6% in 2017. Due to CFTC’s community development project in Ghana, 50% of women have a say in household spending, and 75% say their economic contribution to the household is recognized, up from 25% recognition in 2012.

News: Jackie Wright becomes CFTC's new CEO and President to "embark on its next phase of growth".1 Wright has over 25 years of humanitarian experience. Most recently she was CARE Canada's VP International Programs and since 2013 VP Partnerships for Global Change. 

Financial Review:

Canadian Feed The Children is a Large charity with donations of $7.0m in F2017. Its administrative costs are 8% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 30% of Canadian donations. For every dollar donated, 62 cents go to the cause, falling outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. CFTC has funding reserves of $4.4m, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 53%. This means that the charity can cover just over 6 months of its annual program costs using its existing reserves, indicating a need for funding. The program cost coverage has consistently fallen from 92% in 2013.

CFTC used external fundraisers in F2016. The charity paid $501k to raise $2.9m from external fundraisers for a cost of 17 cents per dollar raised, improving from a cost of 51 cents per dollar in F2015. F2017 information was not available at the time this profile was written.

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, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.3%4.5%6.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 30.2%26.8%29.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 53.3%55.8%67.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,9656,3835,290
Investment income 1025234
Other income 14845
Total revenues 10,63013,6278,569
Program costs 8,1979,4125,647
Administrative costs 870611550
Fundraising costs 2,1051,7091,579
Cash flow from operations (542)1,895792
Funding reserves 4,3705,2513,796
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, increasing revenues and expenses by $33k in F2017, $35k in F2016, and ($33k) in F2015.

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Sources: Canadian Feed The Children, "Hello, Goodbye" 

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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. 



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