Plan Canada

Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity
245 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4P 0B3
President & CEO: Rosemary McCarney
Board Chair: Karen Jackson

Charitable Reg. #: 118928993RR0001

About Plan Canada:

Founded in 1968, Plan Canada is the largest funder of Plan International with Canadian donations accounting for 19% of Plan International's total donations. In F2014, 219,209 Canadian donors contributed $101m to Plan Canada.

Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world's largest international development agencies. Plan International works to support social justice for children in developing countries. It seeks to give children, families, and communities, tools to break the cycle of poverty and build sustainable solutions with measurable results for improved lives. Plan is inclusive of all faiths and cultures, mobilizing people around the world to create a sustainable environment in which children, families and communities can thrive.

In F2014, Plan International worked with 86,676 communities in 51 countries benefitting a total population of 165 million people. Plan International trained 562,192 people to be nurses, teachers, farmers and child protection workers. Additionally, Plan helped build or fix 2,454 schools, 4,112 wells and pumps, 10,758 health and early childhood care centres. Plan also supported 64,280 savings and loan groups.

Child sponsorships are Plan Canada's largest source of donations (61%). Plan Canada states that these donations are pooled and go to community development projects that benefit all the children and families living in the community. One of Plan's major initiatives, 'Because I am a Girl', addresses gender inequality, promoting girls' education and equal rights.

Financial Review:

Fundraising costs are 26% of Canadian donations and administrative costs are 6% of revenue for F2014. Plan has funding reserves of $30.2m (including $2.5m of donor-endowed funds), which cover 23% of annual program costs. The donations figure reported below includes international donations of $21.6m in F2014, $20.1m in F2013 and $13.7m in F2012.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Plan Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 23, 2015 by Mikhil Mahore.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.9%6.4%6.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.5%25.3%23.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 22.9%25.0%21.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 122,980112,129102,481
Goods in kind 22,30131,62229,475
Government funding 25,09822,72514,753
Investment income 531422465
Total revenues 170,910166,898147,174
Program costs - International 120,889120,736108,668
Program costs - Canada 10,8409,4217,688
Administrative costs 10,05010,5719,425
Fundraising costs 25,87823,32220,612
Cash flow from operations 3,2532,848781
Funding reserves 30,15132,54924,741
Note: Ci reported deferred revenue on a cash basis, and included endowment fund contributions in revenue. Ci increased revenues due to endowment fund contributions by $124k in F2014, $412k in F2013 and $437k in F2012. Ci removed amortization of $929k in F2014, $750k in F2013 and $848k in F2012 from administrative costs.

Comments added by the Charity:

Following comments were made by Plan Canada in the year 2014.

Plan International Canada Inc. (“Plan Canada”) has been a member of the Plan International global federation (“Plan”) since 1968. Plan Canada is a not-for-profit corporation, federally incorporated without share capital and granted status as a registered charity under the Income Tax Act (Canada), and continued under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act on September 18, 2014.

Plan is a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries. Founded in 1937, Plan is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not-for-profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Worldwide, Plan is a global federation made up of different legal entities operating in many countries around the world under the Plan name and brand.  Plan International has built a reputation as one of the world's most effective and responsible development agencies.

Accountability to our donors, our partners and to the children, families and communities that we work with across 51 program countries is paramount. Annually, Plan Canada complies with all prescribed annual regulatory requirements including Canada Revenue Agency and Imagine Canada Accreditation Program. Plan Canada’s financial statements are audited on an annual basis by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PWC”), who conduct their audit in accordance with the recently issued Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations (“ASNPO”) and are the same standards that apply to our peer organizations. This ensures integrity and transparency of our financial results on a basis that is consistent between organizations. Plan Canada’s and Plan’s current and past annual reviews and financial statements are available at

Plan Canada respects Charity Intelligence’s choice to recast financial information using Non-ASNPO measures for the purposes of trying to achieve comparability amongst organizations. Given that these measures are not sanctioned by any regulatory authority and that these measures do not consider an organization’s operating complexity, our belief is that these measures will further confuse users. We fully support a donor's right to do their own independent research and be fully informed as to how they choose to spend their philanthropic dollars. Accordingly, Plan Canada directs interested parties to visit the Plan Canada website at to see the depth and breadth of information available and to better understand how Plan Canada is contributing to helping children and their communities.

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4] ;

Social Results Reporting

Grade: B+

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 ]

Program Cost Coverage

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #167

Avg. Compensation $86,978

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 1
$250k - $300k 1
$200k - $250k 3
$160k - $200k 5
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014