MSC Canada

101 Amber Street, Unit 16
Markham, ON L3R 3B2
Executive Director: Phil Barnes
Board President: Russell Sutherland

Charitable Reg. #: 11904 2489 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: C-

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 #5

Avg. Compensation $67,795

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 3
< $40k 1
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About MSC Canada:

Founded in 1940, MSC Canada (Mission + Service Connections Canada) supports Christian missionaries with money and donated goods. MSC workers are sent out from their own local churches and MSC provides both the church and the workers with logistical and financial support. MSC Canada helps active mission workers in their work but also provides financial support for retired mission workers and the education of their children.

MSC Canada provides support for over 400 missionaries in Canada and 250 working internationally. Mission workers introduce people to the Christian faith while undertaking a variety of projects relating to children, disaster relief, and healthcare in poor communities. Based on total operating costs less amortization, MSC Canada spends $18,435 per missionary.

Up to ten times per year, MSC Canada sends 20ft or 40ft shipping containers, primarily to Zambia. Materials shipped include bibles, clothing, school supplies, medicines, food, well-drilling equipment, aircraft parts, tractors, and portable saw mills. Most of the shipments are received in Zambia.

Based on the pictures and names published on MSC Canada's website at the time of this report, it appears that none of the charity's seven directors, two officers, or seven regional representatives are women. 

Financial Review:

MSC Canada is a Large charity, with donations of $12.0m in F2017. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues and the charity reports no fundraising costs on its financial statements. On MSC Canada’s T3010 filing with the CRA it reports $10k in fundraising which would account for less than 1% of donations. For every $1 donated, 96 cents go to the cause. This falls outside of Ci’s reasonable range because charities with such low overhead spending may have misreported expenses. MSC Canada has $4.8m in funding reserves which could cover program costs for five months. This indicates a need for funding.

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

Updated on August 15, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.2%3.4%4.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 41.7%42.9%21.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 12,01513,40210,453
Investment income 1933165
Total revenues 12,20913,43310,518
Program costs - Canada 143179146
Grants 11,34010,35610,249
Administrative costs 500456457
Fundraising costs 000
Cash flow from operations 2262,442(333)
Funding reserves 4,7934,5162,230
Note: Ci has removed amortization from programming and administrative costs pro-rata. 

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