The Number 1 Question about Ci: How is Charity Intelligence funded?

Charity Intelligence is fiercely independent. To give donors the best facts and our honest opinion, Charity Intelligence is funded entirely by donors and our work is for donors.

Please note, unlike other charity accreditations, Charity Intelligence does not receive any money from the charities we rate.

"I think Charity Intelligence does Canadians a great service in vetting charities.... I appreciate that Charity Intelligence is independent, even financially from the charities it rates ... believe me, this goes a long way."

comments from a charity executive, 3-star charity 

To be independent and objective, Charity Intelligence is entirely funded by individuals, family foundations and corporations.

Thank you to our donors for their generous support that makes Charity Intelligence's work possible. Since F2015, our donors are:

Joyce Anderson ▪ Anonymous Donors (24) ▪ Aston Family Foundation ▪ Kate Bahen ▪ Cindy Bennett ▪ E.W. Bickle Foundation ▪ Robert Black ▪ Ryan Borkofsky ▪ Kelly Brazil ▪ Dinshaw Burjorjee ▪ Sue Burns ▪ Hazel Carlile ▪ I-Cheng Chen ▪ James Clarke ▪ Colvin Family Foundation ▪ Thomas Crawford ▪ Kevin Dwarte ▪ Peter Edwards ▪ Barbara Lynne Ellis ▪ Joe and Jeanine Essaye ▪ George Fink ▪ Bernard S. Friedman ▪ Indira Friedhandler ▪ Francois Gallant ▪ Galvin Family Foundation ▪ Eveline Goodall ▪ Kim Gould ▪ Graeme and Patricia Greenlee ▪ Carol Guinane ▪ Heathbridge Capital Management ▪ Graeme Hepburn ▪ Keith Hopper ▪ John and Dorothy Horrocks ▪ Peter Huggard ▪ Pamela Hunt ▪ Andrew Iwanenko ▪ Jaytor Investments ▪ Phillip Khaiat ▪ The Estate of Anne Langer ▪ Susan Lewis ▪ Huston Loke ▪ Kamaljit Longia ▪ John MacLatchy ▪ Dr. Ruby Mangat ▪ Bob McArthur ▪ Janet McLellan ▪ Kerry McLorg ▪ Philip Nearing ▪ Diane Nguyen ▪ Tom O’Hara and Jocelyne Cote-O’Hara ▪ Pace Family Foundation ▪ PepsiCo Canada Foundation ▪ Geoffrey Pottow ▪ Kristen Pouw ▪ Jennie and Karl Preuss ▪ Ian Gordon Pyper ▪ David and Jane Ramsey ▪ Greg Ribotto ▪ Garnet Roy ▪ Greg Sadler ▪ ScotiaBank Canada ▪ Margaret Scrivens ▪ Charles Shenkman ▪ Perminde Singh ▪ Bronwyn Smith ▪ Shawn Stackhouse ▪ Mireille and Murray Steinberg Family Foundation ▪ Telus Corporation ▪ Greg Thomson ▪ Nancy Thomson ▪ Barbara Triskan ▪ T Gai Ward ▪ David G. Webster ▪ Dover Wynn ▪ Terry Yanowski ▪ Dr. Anthony Yurkovitch



Who is Ci?

Charity Intelligence Canada is a team of a few paid staff and volunteers. We are all donors who care passionately about the needs of Canadians. Meet our team on our Ci Team page.

Ci's Mission: To provide Canadian donors with information that helps them make informed and intelligent giving decisions to have the greatest impact.

What qualifies you to do this work?

Ci is one of the only objective analysts with a national scope working for donors in Canada. Ci has been doing rigorous research and analysis on Canadian charities since 2006, analyzing over 780 Canadian charities and re-reviewing some on an annual basis. From this experience, Ci has continually refined its analysis. Our strongest asset is our people. Ci's team of 10+ dedicated professionals have years of experience in a variety of professions, primarily investing, business analysis, research, and public relations. Our reports add a valuable dimension to the emotional stories and pictures presented by charities.

Who are your clients?

We work for, and on behalf of, donors. We work with individuals, foundations and corporations. Through our website, Ci offers information and resources to donors at all giving levels. Whether you donate $50 or $5 million, your donation is significant and your generosity is worth it. Beyond our website offering, Ci's Donor Advisory meets the needs of donors seeking customized, tailored advisory and analysis services beyond our website offering.


How do I receive copies of your reports?

You can access all of Our Reports on our website.  If you would like to be included on our electronic mailing list to receive notification of new reports and other news, please click on Receive Charity Intelligence Updates to subscribe. You will receive approximately 5 emails per year.

Is the charity I am giving to good or bad?

This is always based on a donor's individual choice and preference. It depends on what your values of "good" and "bad". Do you care only about cost efficiency (administrative and fundraising costs), or salary levels, or is impact important to you? The factors that you value most will determine if the charity is the right fit for your giving style. If you would like to discuss this further, please Contact us.

How can I review a charity you haven't analyzed?

Please search our charity database for the charity you are interested in learning more about. If the charity has not been reviewed, vote for it by making a request for review to Ci. We'll include it in our "hopper". Those charities receiving the most requests will be analyzed.

Ci is transparent with our methods of analyzing a charity. Ci is willing to share and provide you with the tools necessary to give intelligently. We encourage donors to become informed and will assist you in any way possible as part of Donor Services.

How can I volunteer at Charity Intelligence?

We are always seeking new additions to our team. Ask any member at Ci and they will tell you our culture is unique and is what distinguishes us. Our business model depends upon the skills and professional expertise of our volunteers, wishing to bring their ideas to the table. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Greg Thomson, Director of Research at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


How does Ci analyze a charity?

For a description of our basic charity profiles, please review our Charity Profiles section. For Ci's star ratings, please visit our Rating Methodology page.

How do you decide what charities to analyze?

Initially the research and analysis process began with a pool of charities that were identified as leading charities in best practices, as finalists from the Donner Awards program. Ci has since expanded to include charities requested by donors, nominated by executive directors of professionally-run organizations, or highlighted during sector research and readings. Charities who believe they excel in delivering services to Canadians in need also voluntarily participate.

How do you get your information on charities?

Information on charities crosses our desks in three ways: Donor requests for information on charities, charity self-submission and Ci's active search for excellence in addressing key bottlenecks in Canada. For each charity, we analyze its audited financial statements, annual reports, websites, and T3010 CRA filing. This information is posted for all Canadians to read and be informed donors.

How do you choose the focus areas for Ci sector research reports?

Ci expands its coverage to better answer questions donors have, focusing on what affects them the most. Ci follows donor interest and where current funding is given, addressing key bottlenecks and where donations can have the biggest impact.

Do you use T3010 Registered Charity Information Returns that are submitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)?

Ci relies primarily upon the audited financial statements and annual reports for accuracy of the information we report on charities. As part of our overall due diligence, we will review the T3010 filings and check for additional information and/or red flags. In particular, we use the employee and compensation data provided on the CRA forms. However, due to the many discrepancies and errors that we have found within the T3010 filings, as well as the fact that they are self-submitted and unaudited, we rely upon the audited financial statements.  In cases where the charity's T3010 and its audited financial statements can be reconciled and the T3010 provides a better breakdown of revenues or expenses, Ci will refer to cost allocations in the T3010 filing.


How can a charity be reviewed by Charity Intelligence?

If you would like to submit your charity for review, please send copies of the following information to Ci by email or mail. Reviews will be completed based on our capacity and resources to do so, with specific charities chosen based on donor demand for analysis of your organization and sector.

  1. Charity name and charitable registration number.
  2. Two most recent audited financial statements in full, with notes.
  3. Annual reports, brochures, newspaper articles (any information you have easily at hand that may be useful for us in understanding your organization and its work).
  4. If you have any evaluation of your service and programs, these would be most useful.

Electronic copies of the above information are preferred and can be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, the information may be mailed to:

Charity Intelligence, 5-154 30 Wellington Street West, P.O. Box 129 Toronto, ON M5L 1E2.

What does it cost a charity to be reviewed by Ci?

There is no cost to a charity to be reviewed by Ci. To maintain our independence and objectivity, and avoid a conflict of interest, Charity Intelligence does not accept payment from charities for doing reports.





For any other questions you have, please e-mail or call us. We would love to hear your feedback.

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