Christian Children's Fund of Canada

1200 Denison Street
Markham, ON L3R 8G6
CEO: Patrick Canagasingham
Board Chair: John Dirks

Charitable Reg. #: 10691 8543 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B+

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 #156

Avg. Compensation $50,983

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:

Founded in 1938, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada's (CCFC) mission is to help poor people across the world develop skills and resources to overcome poverty and pursue justice. The charity works through local partners to better meet the needs of the communities it supports. Christian Children’s Fund of Canada funds communities in six countries: Ghana, India, Paraguay, Burkina Faso, Nicaragua and Ethiopia. Christian Children’s Fund focuses on five program areas: health and nutrition, education, local community organizations, economic self-sufficiency, and water and sanitation. CCFC's model is to work in a community for 15 years after which the community "graduates". 

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada spent 55% of program costs on health and nutrition. The charity aims to improve children’s health, increase school attendance, increase life expectancy, and prevent childhood deaths. CCFC reports that in F2017, 28,582 children received medical checkups, 3,339 children were vaccinated, and 18,465 community members were taught disease prevention. CCFC provided 18,175 children healthy snacks and meals, encouraging healthy eating. In F2017, 2,208 mothers attended 115 newly-formed Mother Clubs to support nursing topics, such as breastfeeding, early learning, and nutrition.

Education made up 26% of program costs in F2017. Christian Children’s Fund of Canada’s goal is to help children understand their rights to prevent future violence and exploitation. In 2017, CCFC provided 466,432 educational supplies to 55,812 children at 359 schools. The charity also attracted 59,058 kids to extracurricular activities.

In F2017, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada spent 11% of program costs on strengthening community organizations. The programs aim to encourage community collaboration toward common goals. In F2017, CCFC trained 57 government departments, 179 schools, and 4,211 community members on children’s rights and protection.

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada spent 4% of program costs on economic development and 3% on water, sanitation, and hygiene in F2017. Economic development programs help youth and adults build small businesses and provide skills so that communities can succeed independently. In F2017, the charity trained 2,737 people on management and business skills. The charity reports that it helped 4,366 women and 690 men through these programs. CCFC’s water programs aim to lower diseases, and in F2017, 204 sanitation facilities were built and 99 water facilities were built or renovated.

In April 2017, Patrick Canagasingham became CCFC's new Chief Executive Officer coming from Oxfam International (UK) with previous senior positions at World Vision International (Thailand) and World Vision Canada.

Results and Impact: Christian Children’s Fund of Canada recorded progress on goals in its health, education, community, and water programs. In the Indian communities CCFC supports, children under five receiving regular medical checkups increased from 35% in F2013 to 77% in F2016. In the Ethiopian communities CCFC supports, the percentage of children 6 to 14 years old performing at or above their grade level in reading tests increased from 26% in F2013 to 53% in F2016. The percentage of youth participating in social organizations increased from 30% in F2013 to 40% in F2016 in CCFC-supported communities in Ghana. In F2016, 16% of households in CCFC-supported communities in Burkina Faso drank treated water, up from 4% in F2013.

CCFC’s Lead for Education Achievement and Progress (LEAP) project, which was implemented in the Oromia and Amhara Regional State of Ethiopia, promoted access to education for orphaned and vulnerable children. LEAP was completed in 2016 and increased Grade 4 completion rates from 65% to 91% and Grade 8 completion rates from 53% to 59%.

Financial Review:

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities with total donations of $26.0m in F2017. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 23% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, 68 cents go to the cause, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  CCFC’s funding reserves of $7.8m can cover only 27% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

The charity used external fundraisers in F2017. The charity paid $1.2m to raise $3.3m from external fundraisers for a cost of $0.36 per dollar raised.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Christian Children’s Fund of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 1, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.


Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.1%8.4%9.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 22.6%21.1%21.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 27.0%16.3%17.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 26,01427,13427,321
Goods in kind 8,8078,6586,196
Government funding 2,9091,5902,211
Investment income 623206542
Total revenues 38,35337,58836,270
Program costs 28,81128,20226,520
Administrative costs 3,4223,1453,347
Fundraising costs 5,8745,7265,752
Cash flow from operations 246515651
Funding reserves 7,7724,6084,596
Note: Ci adjusted program, administrative and fundraising costs for amortization on a pro-rata basis, reducing expenses by $513k in F2017, $566k in F2016, and $535k in F2015.

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