985 Adelaide St. S
London, ON N6E 4A3
President & CEO: Allison Alley
Board Chair: Mark Fletcher

Charitable Reg. #:11887 1516 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) 86 cents are available for programs.

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About Compassion Canada:

Compassion Canada is a top-rated 5-star charity with good impact. This excellent charity has reasonable overhead spending and an above average results reporting grade. 

Founded in 1963, Compassion Canada (COMP) is a charity that aims to eliminate child poverty in the name of Jesus Christ. COMP is a branch of the charity Compassion International, which has affiliated chapters across the world. Compassion International partnered with over 8,000 churches to assist over 2 million children across 25 different countries in F2021. Compassion Canada mostly receives funding through sponsorships, or arrangements where donors commit to supporting individual children over the course of their education. Other than child sponsorships, COMP’s programs are disaster relief, survival, clean water, education, and health. In F2021, Compassion Canada spent $60.5m on its program activities.  

In F2021, Compassion Canada spent 86% of total program spending on child sponsorship. COMP’s sponsorship program aims to provide education, healthcare, food, religious teaching, and personal guidance to children in poor communities. The charity distributed 15,996,050 food packs to children and their families between April 2020 and June 2021. In F2021, COMP bought cows for 86 families of sponsored children in Rwanda to provide them with food and an income source. During the year, it also helped 1,030 Colombian families establish home gardens and raise small livestock. The charity provided 803 of these families with 30 hens each.

The charity spent the remaining 14% on its various other programs. In F2021, Compassion Canada provided temporary shelter for 12,000 families in Haiti after an earthquake had destroyed their homes. It also distributed 2,508 emergency food packets to those families.

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Results and Impact

During the year, COMP provided clean water to 310 families in the Dominican Republic by building a well and water purification centre. Compassion Canada reports that sponsored children are 27 to 40 percent more likely to finish high school compared to unsponsored children. It also reports that Compassion children are 35% more likely to have professional careers than other children.

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

Charity Intelligence has given Compassion Canada a Good impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Good

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Compassion Canada is a Major 100 charity, one of the largest charities in Canada by donations. In F2021, it received $73.9m in Canadian donations. Administrative costs are 6% of total revenue excluding investment income. Fundraising costs are 8% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 14%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 86 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Compassion Canada has funding reserves of $18.7m, which can cover annual program costs for around 4 months. It has no interest-bearing debts. This low program cost coverage reflects Compassion Canada’s high dependency on continued sponsorship from individual donors. In F2021, child sponsorships represented 86% of total revenue.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Compassion Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 10th, 2022 by Arjun Kapur. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.8%6.2%6.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.2%8.7%10.3%
Total overhead spending 14.0%14.8%16.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 30.9%23.4%23.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 73,92370,13567,718
Investment income 328384358
Other income 1,1051424
Total revenues 75,35670,53268,100
Program costs - International 57,44354,38952,312
Program costs - Canada 3,0663,5683,922
Grants 224
Administrative costs 4,3504,3154,299
Fundraising costs 6,0306,0646,974
Total spending 70,89068,33867,511
Cash flow from operations 4,4672,194589
Capital spending 108247389
Funding reserves 18,68813,54113,158

Note: Ci reported international program spending from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA, and removed the amounts from Canadian program costs. Ci reported gifts to qualified donees from CRA filings, and included them in grants rather than Canadian program costs. Ci removed amortization on a pro-rata basis from Canadian program, administrative, and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 102

Avg. compensation: $82,110

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 F2021

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Charity Contact

Website: www.compassion.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001