56 Sparks Street, Suite 600
Ottawa, ON K1P 5B1
Executive Director: Jane Rabinowicz and Martin Settle
Board Chair: Ama Amponsah

Charitable Reg. #:11927 6129 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) 77 cents are available for programs.

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About SeedChange:

Founded in 1945, SeedChange (formerly called USC Canada) is one of Canada’s oldest international aid charities. SeedChange helps small-scale farmers in 12 countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Canada, Cuba, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mali, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Timor Leste. SeedChange teaches farmers to grow organic food that respects nature and biodiversity. It encourages farmers to grow local crops that are often more nutritious, cheaper, and better adapted to local climates. It teaches sustainable and environmentally friendly practices to farmers, especially reaching out to young farmers and women.

Seeds of Survival is SeedChange’s core program and in F2018, it made up 80% of total program spending. In F2018, SeedChange helped more than 37,500 farmers in 11 countries worldwide produce food more sustainably. The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is SeedChange’s Seeds of Survival program in Canada. It works with Canadian farmers by offering training, research, market development, and improved public access to seed.

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Results and Impact

SeedChange reports that through its Seeds of Survival program, it trained 3,564 people in seed saving and seed production in F2018. It also supported 15,421 families to grow food in home gardens.

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

Charity Intelligence has given SeedChange a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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SeedChange is a ­­­­medium-sized charity, with total donations of $3.4m in F2018. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 14% of donations. For every dollar donated, 77 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $6.4m can cover 1.2 years of annual program costs.

­This charity report is an update that has been sent to SeedChange (formerly USC Canada) for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 18, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending April
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.6%7.4%7.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.7%10.2%13.6%
Total overhead spending 23.3%17.6%20.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 118.6%121.2%164.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,3714,3204,461
Government funding 3,0933,1123,044
Investment income 9278097
Other income 18720253
Total revenues 6,7428,4147,655
Program costs - International 4,0864,5814,428
Program costs - Canada 1,2841,6441,799
Administrative costs 638568535
Fundraising costs 462440606
Total spending 6,4697,2327,368
Cash flow from operations 2731,182288
Capital spending 4537408
Funding reserves 6,3697,54610,221

Note: Charity Intelligence has consolidated the income, spending and assets for SeedChange's operating charity and SeedChange  Foundation to give donors a complete review. This analysis was done on USC Canada before its name change to SeedChange.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 24

Avg. Compensation: $77,032

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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