RFDA of Northwestern Ontario

570 South Syndicate Ave.
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1E7
Executive Director: Volker Kromm
Board Chair: Michael Gallagher

Website: www.foodbanksnorthwest.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 80912 4613 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Food Bank (Multi-Service Agency)
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

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 available only through official request for information from Canada Revenue Agency [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #4

Avg. Compensation $46,042

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 2
< $40k 2
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About RFDA of Northwestern Ontario:

In 2003, the RFDA (Regional Food Distribution Association) of Northwestern Ontario began as a result of food banks coming together to rationalize their services, coordinate food sourcing, maximise purchasing power, and glean efficiencies across a regional network. This organization was later registered as a charity in Ontario in 2007.


The RFDA’s primary function is to source food from the public, local businesses and farms for distribution. The charity also coordinates the collective efforts of stakeholders to address food insecurity in the community, works with local entrepreneurs and students to incubate business ventures and helps disadvantaged community members become job ready.


The RFDA is a designated hub for charitable food distribution, representing Food Banks Canada in Northwestern Ontario. Provincially, as a member of the Ontario Association of Food Banks, the RFDA has succeeded in becoming a ‘food bank for food banks’, supplying food to 38 food banks and feeding programs as of F2013.

Financial Review:

This charity did not report fundraising costs for F2014. Administrative costs were 4% of revenues in F2014. It has funding reserves of $179k, which cover 43% of annual program costs.


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


Updated July 17, 2015 by Yash Ahuja.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.8%5.7%9.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 43.3%63.4%3.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 270,859386,305679,017
Goods in kind 2,255,8181,717,8851,621,659
Government funding 189,059228,468508,326
Fees for service 8,3563,8563,645
Business activities (net) 4,2351,7290
Total revenues 2,728,3272,338,2432,812,647
Program costs 2,668,2092,073,4491,964,821
Administrative costs 103,414134,238270,470
Fundraising costs 000
Other costs 1,0396,61815,637
Cash flow from operations (44,335)123,938561,719
Funding reserves 178,703225,27410,517
Note: Ci adjusted revenues for deferred capital contributions changing revenues by ($25k) in F2014, $108k in F2013 and $345k in F2012. Amortization was included in expenses increasing expenses by $95k in F2014, $88k in F2013 and $75k in F2012.

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