National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada

7200 Leslie Street
Thornhill, ON L3T 6L8
Board Chair: Deloria Bighorn
Treasurer: Mehran Anvari

Charitable Reg. #:11905 1944 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 0/5]


Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 94 cents are available for programs.

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About National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada:

National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada is a zero-star charity. It has an F in results reporting, meaning it publicly reports very little information on its $6m programs. The charity has $83m in funding reserves that can cover over 16 years of programs. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence’s report.

Founded in 1948, National Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is of Canada (National Spiritual Assembly, NSA) is the country’s governing body of the Baha’i faith. There are over 35,000 people of the Baha’i faith in Canada. National Spiritual Assembly strives to advance the spiritual, social, and material conditions of humanity. NSA is headquartered in Thornhill, Ontario and collaborates with other agencies to run programs to advance the teachings of the Baha’i faith. The charity also does humanitarian work to help transform society for the better.

Natural Spiritual Assembly spends 82% on Canadian programs and 18% on international programs. National Spiritual Assembly’s international spending in F2021 includes $95k for ongoing maintenance of the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois. NSA also runs a deputization program where Canadian Baha’i volunteers relocate (within Canada or another country) to teach the Baha’i faith and help develop the Baha’i community within the area. The charity has a Continental Fund that supports activities associated with protecting and spreading the Baha’i faith. These activities include protection measures, teaching and deepening programs, and consultation with Assemblies.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has rated National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is as Low impact based on demonstrated impact per dollar.

Charity Intelligence did not find any reported outcomes on the charity’s website. This may not be a complete representation of National Spiritual Assembly's results and impact.

Impact Rating: Low

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National Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is of Canada received $24.6m in donations in F2021. Administrative costs are 6% of total revenue (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 0% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, 94 cents go to the cause. This is inside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

National Spiritual Assembly holds $83.2m in funding reserves, which can cover 16.6 years of program costs.

Baha'i Foundation Canada is a related party by virtue of having the same Board of Directors as NSA. The Foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and other financial assistance for post-secondary education and training and supports programs that promote the Baha'i faith. Ci did not consolidate the two charities in its analysis because it did not have the Foundation's audited financial statements at the time this profile was created.  

The Association for Baha’is Studies is also a related party by virtue of having the same Board of Directors as NSA. The Association promotes study of Baha’is Faith through books, conferences, and education events. NSA earned $14k in rental income from the Association, reported in business activities.

This charity report is an update that was sent for review to National Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is of Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 25, 2022 by Emma Saganowich.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending April
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.7%6.8%7.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 5.7%6.8%7.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 1,660.9%1,034.2%981.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 24,55116,86916,842
Government funding 17300
Business activities (net) 636090
Investment income 10,906(1,332)3,025
Total revenues 35,69315,59719,957
Program costs - International 1,0161,2501,034
Program costs - Canada 3,9494,6044,527
Grants 45295244
Administrative costs 1,4111,1551,234
Fundraising costs 000
Total spending 6,4217,3047,039
Cash flow from operations 29,2728,29312,919
Capital spending 250(1,048)330
Funding reserves 83,20963,59556,967

Note: Baha’s Distribution Service book sales are reported net of expenses (excluding amortization) in business activities, reducing total revenue and expenses by $52k in F2021, $122k in F2020, and $87k in F2019. There were no grants to the associated foundation in F2021, the grants were adjusted to report on a cash basis, reflecting changes in amounts payable of $45k. Grants of $300k in F2020 and $120k in F2019 to the charity’s associated foundation have been adjusted to report on a cash basis, reflecting changes in amounts payable of ($5k) in F2020 and $123k in F2019.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 24

Avg. compensation: $44,602

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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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001