Citizens' Foundation Canada

2010 Winston Park Drive, Suite 200
Oakville, ON L6H 5R7
President: Sajid Salman
Secretary: Nadir Ali Khan

Charitable Reg. #:84414 2273 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) 93 cents are available for programs.

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About Citizens' Foundation Canada:

Founded in Canada in 2009, The Citizens Foundation Canada (TCF Canada) is the Canadian branch of The Citizens Foundation (TCF) founded in 1995. The Citizens Foundation is a Pakistani charity focused on educating children, particularly those from poor families. The Citizens Foundation provides high quality eduation in rural and slum areas of Pakistan. Pakistan has one of the lowest rates of education; just 3% of children enrolled in Pakistani schools graduate. Girls from poor families have the lowest rate of education. TCF hires only female teachers. This makes parents feel safe sending girls to school. Also, with only female teachers, many families want their daughters to become teachers rather than housewives. The Citizens Foundation is the second largest employer of women in Pakistan.  

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TCF is funded primarily by donations. Parents are required to pay affordable fees that are no more than 5%-7% of the family's income. TCF has four main programs that support the foundation's mission: schools, mentorship, adult education, and teacher training. 

As of F2020, The Citizens' Foundation operates 1,652 primary and secondary schools. 90% of schools are located in the Sindh and Punjab provinces. A standard, single-unit primary school has six classrooms, each with a capacity of 30 students. A secondary school has five classrooms, which can each hold 36 students. All schools are equipped with fully furnished classrooms, a library, computer labs, science labs, and an art room. 

Since 2005, TCF's adult literacy program has provided illiterate women with basic education classes. During the program, women learn basic math and Urdu reading and writing. As of F2020, 120,000 women have participated in this program. 

The Citizens' Foundation provides ongoing training to teachers and school staff. New teachers are provided with Pre-Service Training (PRESET), which includes a self-study pack and on-the-job training. Similarly, established teachers receive annual, pedagogical training.  

The Citizens' Foundation also runs various mentorship programs. Mentors from a wide variety of occupations support youth mentees in developing a plan for the future and learning how to deal with challenges.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given the Citizen's Foundation a High impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent. 

According to TCF, 48% of students secured A+ and A grades in F2020. 45% of graduates from TCF schools go on to higher education and 71% of TCF alumni above the age of 22 are gainfully employed while another 15% are still studying. 

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of The Citizens' Foundation's results. 

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Impact Rating: High

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The Citizens' Foundation, Canada received $3.5m in donations and special event revenue in F2020. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues and fundraising costs are 2% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 7%. For every dollar donated, 93 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $656k can cover almost 3 months of annual program costs. 

This is an update that has been sent to The Citizens' Foundation, Canada for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on August 19, 2021 by Asha McMullin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.0%5.8%7.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.7%6.7%6.5%
Total overhead spending 6.6%12.6%13.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 21.9%12.3%54.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 3,500,0052,718,7832,095,585
Goods in kind 029,761116,722
Special events 27,022249,853180,822
Investment income 2,9853,095(98)
Total revenues 3,530,0123,001,4922,393,031
Program costs - International 2,988,2773,100,8601,630,725
Administrative costs 175,612175,006176,286
Fundraising costs 58,093199,314147,653
Total spending 3,221,9823,475,1801,954,664
Cash flow from operations 308,030(473,688)438,367
Funding reserves 655,776382,591887,682

Note: Ci has adjusted for deferred contributions, changing total revenues by ($72k) in F2020, ($499k) in F2019, and $406k in F2018. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 1

Avg. compensation: $30,035

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 F2019

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To learn more about Citizens Foundation:

Wiki Citizens Foundation

The Economist, School reform: Pakistan is home to the most frenetic education reforms in the world; Reformers are trying to make up for generations of neglect, January 24, 2018

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