Christian Children's Fund of Canada

1200 Denison Street
Markham, ON L3R 8G6
CEO: Patrick Canagasingham
Board Chair: Dr. Douglas Ellenor

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

Donor Accountability

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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #158

Avg. Compensation $48,458

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 F2016

About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:

Founded in 1938, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (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.

Through donors "sponsoring" 47,951 children, CCFC develops communities. CCFC funds community development in 6 countries: Ghana (60 communities), India (47 communities), Paraguay (24 communities), Burkina Faso (17 communities), Nicaragua (15 communities) and Ethiopia (7 communities). Christian Children’s Fund activities focus on 5 main sectors: health and nutrition (accounting for 46% of program spending), education 26%, local community organizations 12%, with water and sanitation, and economic self-sufficiency being 6% and 4% respectively. Through CCFC's 170 community projects it benefits 47,951 sponsored children and 394,375 people in 2016. Based on total operating costs, CCFC spent roughly $221,406 per community in 2016. CCFC's model is to work in a community for 15 years after which the community "graduates". 

Most of CCFC’s funding in F2016 went to health and nutrition programming, making up 46% of program costs. By investing in health and nutrition, the charity aims to reduce disease, increase life expectancy and prevent childhood deaths. CCFC reports that in 2016, 27,482 children received medical checkups, 8,707 people received pre- and post-natal care, and 12,632 pregnant women and children received food supplements. Due to the charity’s maternal-health IMPACT project in Ethiopia's Arsi Negelle district, CCFC program grew from helping in the delivery of 3 babies to 100 babies a month. This decreased child mortality rates.

Education made up 26% of program costs in F2016. CCFC's goal is to help children complete primary school. In 2016, CCFC provided 330,967 educational supplies to 60,228 children at 547 schools. It built 35 new and renovated 71 existing schools, classrooms and libraries. The charity also attracted 80,354 kids to afterschool activities. After working in Koupela, Burkina Faso for 15 years, CCFC reports that 85% of teenagers who had dropped out of school are now enrolled in vocational training.

Water, sanitation, and hygiene made up 6% of program costs in F2016 with the goal of lowering disease. CCFC built and improved 82 water facilities in F2016 and trained 1,952 people to wash their hands properly. In Koupela, 1,240 people can now access clean, safe water and latrines due to the work CCFC funded in the region. 

In 2016, CCFC spent $1.5m on emergency relief for Ethiopia's famine, delivering four rounds of wheat, pulses and oil to 2,400 people, wheat and bean seeds to 850 farmers, and providing school supplies and teacher salaries so learning could continue for 3,800 students.

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.

Financial Review:

Christian Children’s Fund is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities with total donations of $24.7m in F2016. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 23% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.68 goes to the cause, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  CCFC’s funding reserves of $4.6m can cover only 16% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

CCFC uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities.  The charity reports $1.5m in fundraising costs for external fundraisers that raised $2.98m in F2016, producing an external fundraising cost ratio of 49%.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Christian Children’s Fund. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 15, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.4%9.4%7.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 21.1%21.1%22.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 16.3%17.3%12.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 27,13427,32126,877
Goods in kind 8,6586,1969,850
Government funding 1,5902,2111,885
Investment income 206542284
Other income 003
Total revenues 37,58836,27038,899
Program costs 28,20226,52029,797
Administrative costs 3,1453,3472,783
Fundraising costs 5,7265,7525,971
Cash flow from operations 515651348
Funding reserves 4,6084,5963,619
Note: Ci adjusted program, administrative and fundraising costs for amortization on a pro-rata basis, reducing expenses by $566k in F2016, $535k in F2015 and $554k in F2014.

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