Canadian Feed The Children

2 Lansing Square, Suite 901
Toronto, ON M2J 4P8
President & CEO: Jacquelyn Wright
Board Chair: David Armour

Charitable Reg. #:11883 0983 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) 73 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Feed The Children:

Canadian Feed the Children is a 5-star charity. It has good impact, is financially transparent, good results reporting, and reasonable overhead costs.

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

Canadian Feed the Children provided 397,000 meals in schools, daycares and after school centres in 2020. CFTC’s education work also provided 30 classrooms with school supplies and equipment. It also provided 5,097 students with school supplies.

CFTC’s 301 self-help groups helped 7,966 adults access loans and grow their savings. 860 participants in the self-help groups received financial literacy training.

In 2020, CFTC delivered 361,000 meals via urgent food hampers. Indigenous community gardens grew 4,286 lb of food. 4,503 adults received nutrition, food use, or cooking training. 2,520 farmers received agricultural training.

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Results and Impact

Canadian Feed the Children completed a 6-year food security project in Ghana in 2018. It reports reducing the hunger gap (the time between harvests when food and income is scarce) from 5 months down to zero. It reports that after its program, its farmers maize yields had more than doubled.  Its male farmers saw a 3x increase in groundnut yields, and its female farmers saw a a 5x increase. Its economic development also helped farmers increase income from side businesses such as soap making and basket weaving.

CFTC reports that with its help, farmers in Ethiopia and Ghana increased their farm productivity up to 83% in 2019. It also reports that in Bolivia, 78% of participants in a vegetable production and marketing training program increased their income by 35%. 

664 girls participated in a program to reduce barriers to education in Uganda. CFTC reports that all of the participants in this program stayed in school. 

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 received $8.8m in donations in F2021. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 17% of donations. This results in overhead spending of 27%. For every dollar donated, 73 cents go to the cause which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $5.5m can cover just over 1 year of annual program costs. 

According to its T3010 filing with the CRA, which was most recently available for F2020, Canadian Feed the Children paid external fundraisers $163k to raise $314k. In other words, it costs CFTC 52 cents to raise a dollar through external fundraisers. 

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 June 29, 2022 by Emily Downing. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.7%12.0%14.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.3%22.0%33.8%
Total overhead spending 27.0%34.0%48.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 113.8%106.4%71.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,7827,4736,272
Government funding 02075
Investment income 105101105
Other income 8417838
Total revenues 8,9717,7736,490
Program costs 4,8513,9303,840
Administrative costs 860923931
Fundraising costs 1,5151,6452,120
Total spending 7,2266,4986,892
Cash flow from operations 1,7451,275(402)
Capital spending 371752
Funding reserves 5,5234,1802,732

Note: Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs according to note 5 of the financial statements. CFTC’s T3010 filing with the CRA for F2021 is not yet available the time of this report. As a result, Ci could not report government revenue for F2021 and donations may be overstated. Ci adjusted for changes in deferred revenues, affecting total revenue by $1.1m in F2021, $685k in F2020, and (291k) in F2019.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 35

Avg. compensation: $79,209

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

In 2020, Canadian Feed The Children (CFTC) joined together with families and communities in Bolivia, Canada, Ethiopia, Uganda and Ghana to achieve significant impact for children. In 2019 we provided over 3 million meals to help support children through school and community programs.

We take a community-led approach to development, and work with local partners to help people achieve long-term change for children, families and communities. Our focus is on food security and education as catalysts of change, and capacity-strengthens that ensures sustainability of our programs.

We sincerely thank our supporters and community partners, whose continued support helps create a world where children thrive.

CFTC relies entirely on voluntary donations. To learn more about CFTC and the opportunities to support children and families in Canada, and around the world, please visit or call 1-800-387-1221. Join us!



Added by Charity Intelligence:

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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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001