Ottawa, ON K1P 5B1
Executive Director: Susan Walsh
Board Chair: Kenton Lobe
Charitable Reg. #: 11927 6129 RR0001
Grade: B-The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Full-time staff #24
Avg. Compensation $75,834
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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About USC Canada:
Founded in 1945, USC Canada is one of Canada’s oldest international aid charities. USC Canada helps small-scale farmers in 12 countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Canada, Cuba, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mali, Nepal, Nicaragua and Timor Leste. USC Canada takes an environmental approach: it teaches farmers to grow organic food that respects nature and biodiversity. USC Canada 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 USC Canada’s core program, 95% of charity spending. 58% of donations are spent overseas. Internationally, Seeds of Survival focuses on saving seed biodiversity, improving ecological seed production and teaching small farmers the importance of seed diversity. In Canada, (38% of charity spending) USC Canada focuses on advancing research in seed growth and breeding. In each of the 12 international countries and also Canada, USC Canada raises awareness of seed diversity and sustainable farming practices.
In 2015, USC Canada reports its Nepal program helping 320 farmers increase food production by 75% since 2010. In Timor Leste, where the food system was ravaged by civil war, USC Canada’s program has reduced food shortages to just 4 weeks in 75% of its farmers, and turned 36 hectares of barren land into fertile farms. In Burkina Faso, USC Canada works with 8,492 people in 15 villages, where 80% of these farmers report a 25% improvement in crop yields. In Bolivia, USC Canada works in 66 villages saving soil and building irrigation systems; 230 households have more money from selling oca and herbs. In Honduras, USC Canada supports 800 small farms. The Seeds of Survival new maize and bean varieties were less affected by drought; USC Canada’s farmers actually saw yields increase 56%. In 2015, USC Canada began work in Guatemala and Nicaragua to replicate its Honduras program that supports small farmers.
USC Canada is a medium-sized operating charity with annual donations totalling $2.7m in 2015. Administrative costs represent 9% of total revenue and fundraising costs represent 19% of total donations: USC Canada’s overhead costs of 28% are in Ci’s reasonable range. Combining USC Canada with its foundation, total funding reserves are $8.8m. These reserves cover USC Canada’s annual charity program spending 1.7 times in 2015.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending April
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||9.0%||11.4%||13.1%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||18.6%||18.3%||23.6%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||168.4%||212.0%||230.1%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Program costs - International||3,322||2,826||2,741|
|Program costs - Canada||1,893||1,424||1,014|
|Cash flow from operations||(83)||371||132|