The Call of the Poor

P.O. Box 117, St. Norbert
Winnipeg, MB R3V 1L5
President: Lise Kenny
Vice President: Reynald Rouleau

Charitable Reg. #:11921 8162 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


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) 99 cents are available for programs.

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About The Call of the Poor:

The Call of the Poor is a 2-star charity. It is not financially transparent and has a below-average results reporting grade and overhead spending outside of Ci’s reasonable range. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence’s report.

Founded in 1982 by Bishop Omer Robidoux, The Call of the Poor (COTP) is a private foundation that responds to human poverty in Third World countries. The charity raises funds from individuals, religious organizations and corporations by means of direct mail. It funds projects that provide social services, education and training, medical services, agricultural support, and infrastructure development to communities in need. From 1982 to the end of 2022, COTP funded a total of 7,059 projects. It is based in Winnipeg, MB.

In F2022, The Call of the Poor provided $530k to 89 projects in 21 Third World countries. This includes the establishment of two cooperatives for the production of honey for the poor in Tchindigue, Togo, to become self-sufficient. During the same year, the charity also supported the establishment of a chicken-raising enterprise as a source of food and income for women and the drilling of a community water well and the installation of a water storage tank in Burkina Faso. COTP’s funds also helped purchase entry-level smartphones to enable 120 orphans and children from single-parent families in Telangana, India, to continue their studies via online classes during the covid-19 pandemic lockdown. In F2022, the charity also supported a dispensary that provided medications, laboratory tests and X-rays for the sick in Mocachi, Peru.

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Results and Impact

Ci could not find any publicly available quantifiable outcomes for COTP.

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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The Call of the Poor is not financially transparent. The charity's financial statements are not posted online nor available upon request from the charity. The financial review for COTP was completed using audited financial statements received from the CRA.

In F2021, The Call of the Poor received $977k in donations. Administrative costs are 0.4% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 0.8% of donations. This results in overhead spending of 1%. For every dollar donated, 99 cents go to the cause, which is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

COTP has $1.4m in reserve funds, which could cover over two years and eight months of its annual grants.

The charity has not reported any paid staff in its most recent T3010 filing with the CRA.

Ci has sent this profile update to COTP for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 24, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 0.4%1.1%2.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.8%0.6%1.9%
Total overhead spending 1.2%1.7%3.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 266.1%263.5%155.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 976,686684,272340,589
Investment income 2,0247377,862
Total revenues 978,710685,009348,451
Grants 530,000368,500428,000
Administrative costs 3,6227,3496,958
Fundraising costs 8,1753,9496,412
Total spending 541,797379,798441,370
Cash flow from operations 436,913305,211(92,919)
Capital spending 03720
Funding reserves 1,423,971984,369679,972

Note: Ci reported administrative and fundraising costs from the charity's T3010 filings with the CRA and included them in total expenses.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 0

Avg. compensation: $0

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 F0

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