Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia

201-33933 Gladys Avenue
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2E8
Executive Director: Wayne Bremner
Board Chair: Peter Wolfe

Charitable Reg. #:10769 0927 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 84 cents are available for programs.

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About Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia:

Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia (MCC BC) is one of five provincial divisions of Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC Canada), which works with Mennonite Central Committee US to form MCC International (MCC). MCC is a Christian relief, development and peacebuilding charity that works with local churches in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, and Canada.

Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia shares MCC’s mission of sharing God’s love and compassion for all by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC BC sends money to MCC Canada in support of MCC activities, and it also spends money on provincial programs. In F2018, MCC BC reports transferring $3.9 million to MCC Canada in support of international projects, with an additional $863k in previously-deferred grants paid out. Total cash transfers to MCC Canada totaled $4.8 million. MCC worked on 716 projects with 508 partners in 57 countries during the year. See Ci’s profile on MCC Canada for more details on results related to funds transferred from MCC BC to MCC Canada (62% of MCC BC’s mission spending in F2018). The following data represents results on MCC BC’s provincial programs and spending.

In F2018, MCC BC reported $2.4 million in provincial spending (of which Ci reported $2.1 million in program costs and $299k in donated materials): $1.3m (54%) on sustainable community development, $567k (23%) on disaster relief and materials resources (creating relief and hygiene kits for global distribution), $291k (12%) on refugee sponsorship, and $263k (11%) on justice and peace programs. The charity worked with 134 churches during the year, helped 252 people with housing, and sponsored 175 refugees during their transition to Canada. It reports reaching 2,139 people across the province.

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Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia is a large charity that received $8.1m in donations and special events fundraising in F2018. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 8% of donations and special events. Per dollar donated to the charity, 84 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

MCC BC reported using external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities in its F2018 T3010 CRA filing. It paid fundraisers $21k to raise $3.4m, producing an external fundraising ratio of 1%.

MCC BC holds just under $5.0m in cash and investments, which is exceeded by $10.7m in interest-bearing debts. Gross reserves could cover annual program spending and grants to MCC Canada for under 10 months at the F2018 level.

MCC BC manages a $36.2m Legacy Trust, which represents donated land and buildings given to the charity for the purpose of generating revenue that it can use for programs. One donated property in Prince George, Pine Glen and Park Village Apartments, underwent renovations in F2018 so that MCC BC can now provide affordable housing for low-income families.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to MCC BC for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 9, 2019 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.2%8.0%12.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.4%8.6%11.9%
Total overhead spending 15.6%16.6%24.8%
Program cost coverage (%) (82.6%)(115.7%)(133.4%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,9375,8453,568
International donations 00548
Goods in kind 491419552
Government funding 13696113
Fees for service 124131133
Business activities (net) 2,0592,2191,965
Special events 1,1841,080913
Investment income 159127137
Other income 22267145
Total revenues 11,3119,9848,073
Program costs 2,1311,9141,455
Grants 4,8012,8263,372
Donated goods exp 299244297
Administrative costs 8047911,018
Fundraising costs 685594535
Other costs 75750
Total spending 8,7956,4446,676
Cash flow from operations 2,5163,5391,397
Capital spending 3,518159(15)
Funding reserves (5,727)(5,484)(6,438)

Note: Included in donations are deferred capital contributions of $2.4m in F2018, $2.0m in F2017 and $295k in F2016, which reflect amounts received during the year less amounts recognized as revenue. Thrift shop and Ten Thousand Village revenues are reported net of direct expenses (excluding amortization) in business activities, decreasing total revenue and expenses by $5.5m in F2018, $5.2m in F2017 and $742k in F2016. Ci included donations from MCC Canada and Canadian Foodgrains Bank in donations, all interest-related revenues in investment income, and all remittances and recoveries in other income. Non Thrift Shop amortization is backed out of administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis. Ci adjusted for changes in amounts payable to MCC Canada in grants to report on a cash basis, affecting expenses by $864k in F2018, ($705k) in F2017, and ($441k) in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 49

Avg. Compensation: $68,960

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 F2018

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