Unit 5-3318 Oak St.
Victoria, BC V8X 1R1
National Director: Tim Maloney
Board Chair: Marilyn Collette

Charitable Reg. #:89064 8249 RR0001


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Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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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) 50 cents are available for programs.

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About Mercy Ships Canada:

Founded in 1989, Mercy Ships Canada (MSC) raises funds in Canada to provide health care and surgeries to poor people in developing countries, primarily in Africa. Mercy Ships Canada is one of 16 offices that supports Mercy Ships International. Mercy Ships International operates a ship, called the Africa Mercy, which goes from country to country. The ship contains full hospital facilities in which doctors can perform surgeries. Africa Mercy is 152 metres long, contains 5 operating theatres, and an 82-bed ward. The charity estimates that 85% of children in developing countries need treatment for a surgical condition before they turn 15. Furthermore, 69% of the people in Sub-Saharan nations live with daily incomes of under $2.

In 2017, Mercy Ships Canada spent $3.5m on its programs, including surgeries (maxillofacial, plastic reconstructive, orthopaedic, general, eye, obstetric fistula, and cleft lip), health care (dental care, mental health, and palliative care), training and mentoring local health care professionals, and capital projects to renovate local health care facilities so communities have sustainable health care after Mercy Ships departs. Mercy Ships Canada focused on two projects in 2017. First, it completed the HOPE Centre in Cameroon during 2017, which is a health care facility where patients who received surgery on Africa Mercy went to recover so the ship had more space to perform surgeries. This 234-bed facility will continue to be a health centre after Africa Mercy departs. Second, MSC focused on teaching health care professionals to sterilize equipment. The charity worked with Sterile Processing Education Charitable Trust to train 80 sterile processing technicians in Benin and 20 in Cameroon; 9 staff in Cameroon received further training to become sterile processing trainers. MSC distributed 59 sterilization units to 37 healthcare centres and hospitals in Benin.

In 2017, Mercy Ships International screened 35,488 patients for surgery, performed 2,792 surgeries and 19,309 dental procedures, trained 1,820 local healthcare professionals, and mentored 110 local healthcare professionals.

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Results and Impact

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

Impact Rating: Low

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Mercy Ships Canada is a Medium-sized charity, which received donations of $2.3m in 2017. Administrative costs are 3% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 47% of donations. Fundraising cost ratios increased significantly in 2016 because fundraising costs rose by 98% from 2015 while donations fell by 22%. For every dollar donated, 50 cents goes to the cause, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. MSC has total funding reserves of $188k that can cover the charity’s annual program costs for under a month, showing a need for funding. Program cost coverage fell significantly in 2017 from prior years primarily due to a 59% increase in program spending in 2017, likely due to additional costs associated with new the HOPE Centre.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Mercy Ships Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated August 2, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.7%4.7%4.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 47.4%51.0%20.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 5.3%52.2%57.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,301,2951,569,3302,008,114
Goods in kind 1,362,0141,516,3161,320,435
Fees for service 0077,025
Investment income (467)4,032(3,642)
Other income 3,5873,3522,593
Total revenues 3,666,4293,093,0303,404,525
Program costs 3,528,2712,212,2602,264,386
Administrative costs 98,723144,313138,735
Fundraising costs 1,091,464799,701404,144
Cash flow from operations (1,052,029)(63,244)597,260
Funding reserves 188,3501,155,2281,295,429

Note: Ci included unrealized gains on investments in its revenue calculations, reducing revenues by $4k in F2015. Ci included gains on disposal of investments in investment income, increasing revenues by ($467) in F2017 and $4k in F2016. Ci removed amortization from administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rated basis. Ci included general and administrative expenditures in its expenses, increasing expenses by $99k in F2017, $145k in F2016, and $137k in F2015.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 7

Avg. Compensation: $53,714

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 F2016

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