Food For The Poor Canada

1235 Bay St, Suite 700
Toronto, ON M5R 3K4
Executive Director: Samantha Mahfood
Board Chair: Robert Ready

Charitable Reg. #:890759970 RR 0001


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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) 84 cents are available for programs.

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About Food For The Poor Canada:

Founded in 1991 and fully operational in 2008, Food For The Poor Canada is the Canadian branch of Food For The Poor Inc. Food For The Poor Canada provides basic aid and sustainable development to communities in the Caribbean and Latin America. The charity operates through a community-led approach. Food For The Poor Canada asks communities what their needs are and then mobilizes to meet them through different partner organizations. In F2019, the charity focused efforts on supporting Jamaica and Haiti but also provides support to Guyana, Honduras, and the Bahamas. Some examples of supports offered include food, housing, health care, and education.

Education represented 35% of Food For The Poor Canada’s program costs in F2019. Over the years, the charity has built 33 early childhood education schools across Jamaica. Food For The Poor has also provided 3,000 filled backpacks, 250 computers, and 450 soccer balls to schools.

In F2019, health represented 26% of Food For The Poor Canada’s program costs. Since 2008, the charity has shipped more than $26m in medicine to Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Jamaica. Hospitals in Haiti received four ultrasound machines and one X-ray machine. In Jamaica, the charity distributed two dialysis machines to the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation and an ophthalmology machine to an eye clinic.

Food also represented 26% of Food For The Poor Canada’s program costs in F2019. Communities in Haiti have received 2,720 bags of milk powder, 2,760 bags of granola and 15,742 cans of garbanzo beans.

Housing represented 10% of program spending in F2019. Food For The Poor Canada helped build 120 homes in Haiti, 26 homes in Jamaica, and two homes in Honduras. The charity also provided 99 families with a solar-powered light kit to improve their everyday lives.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Food for the Poor an impact rating of Low for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

The charity reports that since 2008, Food For The Poor of Canada has built 148 homes, 33 schools, as well as shipped and distributed over $33,000,000 in food, educational and medical supplies to communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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

Impact Rating: Low

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Food For The Poor Canada is a Medium-sized charity, receiving $1.3m in donations in F2019. The charity also received $2.5m in donated medical aid, educational and food supplies in F2019. The charity received $8.3m in donated supplies in F2018 and $1.2m in F2017. All donated supplies were delivered to communities in need in the same fiscal year. In F2019, Food For The Poor Canada granted $24k to Health Partners International of Canada.

Administrative costs are 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are 12% of donations. In F2019, 90% of fundraising costs were allocated salaries, consulting, and other. 10% of fundraising costs were for events.

For every dollar donated, 84 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $1.2m can cover 1.4 years of annual program costs.

In F2018 and F2019, Food For The Poor Canada paid external fundraisers $16k to raise $0.

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

Updated on June 5, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.7%1.0%1.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.2%10.7%10.4%
Total overhead spending 15.9%11.7%12.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 136.4%57.3%46.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,296,1851,012,2291,051,543
International donations 0080,000
Goods in kind 2,506,4658,322,4291,166,823
Investment income 28,376(15,698)(27,369)
Total revenues 3,831,0269,318,9602,270,997
Program costs - International 837,381807,578789,023
Grants 23,50021,00021,000
Donated goods exp 2,506,4608,308,7501,166,820
Administrative costs 142,24392,87041,198
Fundraising costs 158,079107,921109,571
Total spending 3,667,6709,338,1222,127,615
Cash flow from operations 163,358(19,162)143,382
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 1,174,659474,970378,735

Note: Foreign exchange gain (loss) was moved from expenses and classified as investment income for F2019 and F2018. In F2017, foreign exchange loss was moved to revenues since it was not classified as either a revenue or expense. As a result, total revenues increased by $28k in F2019, decreased by $16k in F2018, and decreased by $27k in F2017. Expenses decreased by $28k in F2019 and increased by $16k in F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 3

Avg. Compensation: $60,212

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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