101-26 Union Street
Bedford, NS B4A 2B5
President: Fr. Patrick Cosgrove
Board Chair: J. Ron Robichaud

Charitable Reg. #:13759 1012 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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) 91 cents are available for programs.

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About Chalice Canada:

Founded in 1992, Chalice Canada is a Catholic international aid charity focused on child, family, and community development. Chalice aims to help poor people in developing countries by sponsoring families and funding nutrition, urgent needs, disaster relief, and community infrastructure projects. Chalice sponsors families and the elderly through direct cash transfers.

In F2020, Chalice Canada spent $24.5m directly on international programs. The remaining $2.1m in program spending was used for program office support and mission trips. Chalice does not say how much of its program funding went toward each of its program types. 

Child sponsorship programs make up a large majority of Chalice Canada’s spending. Chalice Canada has 62 sponsor sites in 15 developing countries. It sponsored 51,134 children and elderly people in F2020: 30% in Asia, 28% in Africa, 27% in Latin America, 9% in Ukraine and 6% in Haiti. Chalice uses a Family Funding model to better meet the needs of the families it serves. Chalice gives sponsorship money directly to the families of sponsored children. Caregivers are placed in community groups with members of other Chalice-sponsored families through which they receive financial training and learn how to budget for expenses. Families meet every month to discuss budgets for the upcoming month and spending in the previous month. Chalice requires that sponsored children’s education expenses are a top priority in family budgeting. 

Chalice uses a gift catalogue system to give out farm animals, education supplies, healthcare supplies and other useful goods. They distributed $1.9m worth of gifts in F2020. 

Longer term development projects got $1.7m in funding in F2020. Chalice had 10 active water projects in the year. It built or repaired 6 schools, 2 homes, and 8 medical centres or other essential buildings. There are typically many more projects of this type, but most were cancelled or delayed because of the covid-19 pandemic. 

The remaining program spending went toward program support costs, disaster relief, Christmas funds, nutrition programs, grants, critical needs, mission trips, and prayer ministry activities. Nutrition programs served 4,509,680 meals to 25,438 people in F2020. Chalice responded to 4 housing emergencies, 51 medical emergencies, and 1 other emergency through its critical needs spending. Its disaster relief program helped those affected by floods, food and security threats, and the covid-19 pandemic.

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Results and Impact

Chalice posts annual impact reports for each of its sponsor sites on its website. 

To supply a school and medical clinic, a borehole well was dug in F2020 at the Mkongo sponsor site in Tanzania. Chalice reports that this well, and its surrounding infrastructure, has given 3,000 families access to clean water. The UNHCR recommends having 500 users or fewer per well. 

At the Tondo site in the Philippines, 99.5% of Chalice’s sponsored children were promoted to the next grade level, and 10 graduated from secondary school. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Chalice Canada’s results and impact. 

Ci has rated Chalice as Good impact based on demonstrated impact per dollar. 

Impact Rating: Good

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Chalice Canada is one of Canada’s largest charities in terms of donations – a Major 100. It received $31.0m in donations and special events fundraising in F2020. Administrative costs are 5% of revenue (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 4% of donations and special events. This results in an overhead spending of 9%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 91 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Chalice’s funding reserves of $10.4m include $338k in donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor endowments, the charity’s reserves can cover annual program costs at the current level for just under 5 months. Chalice relies on annual donations to fund its operations. 

This report is an update that has been sent to Chalice Canada for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on June 8, 2021 by Asha McMullin. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.2%4.0%4.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.8%5.9%6.2%
Total overhead spending 9.0%9.9%10.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 37.7%34.5%37.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 29,50627,55425,886
Special events 1,531941996
Investment income (110)218118
Total revenues 30,92628,71327,001
Program costs - International 26,57825,55325,318
Program costs - Canada 000
Administrative costs 1,6231,1271,205
Fundraising costs 1,1841,6831,676
Total spending 29,38528,36328,199
Cash flow from operations 1,541350(1,199)
Capital spending 129116130
Funding reserves 10,3519,0869,580

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 49

Avg. compensation: $54,541

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Since its inception, Chalice has been restoring hope and dignity to people in developing countries through our sponsorship program. Children and elders are selected for sponsorship based on need and family circumstances, regardless of race, age, ability, gender, or religion.

Each of our 57 sponsor sites, spanning across 15 developing countries, is under local direction. By working closely with those who live and experience the difficulties of poverty, we gain knowledge and insight on how to best respond to challenges. We assist our religious and lay partner organizations in caring for impoverished children, the homeless, sick, infirmed, and aged by providing health, education, shelter, water, and nutritional benefits. 

In order to better understand the changes that Chalice programs are having in the lives of children, their families, and communities, Chalice has established a Learning and Evaluation Framework (LEF) that will allow us to concretely measure what we do and understand our impact more broadly.

Indicators have been developed related to children, their families and communities that represent outputs and impacts of Chalice programming. Information about Chalice programming will be standard across all 57 Sites and allow for collation and analysis of data. More detailed evaluation and analysis of programs will be possible through deep dives, which will allow us to get an in-depth look at a specific program or follow-up key issues that surface through regular monitoring.  In 2019-20 Chalice’s LEF was introduced to Sponsor Sites, and we expect that it will be fully implemented in 2020-21.

Chalice provides assistance in the construction, repair and expansion of schools, clinics, hospitals, orphanages, homes, and provides projects and programming that benefit the financially poor. Chalice supports sponsor sites with various types of Community Projects under the following two categories: Human Development Programs (HDP) and Capital Projects (CP). Our projects and programs focus on Education and Training, Food Security, Nutrition and Water, Health, and Community Improvements that strengthen and empower families and communities.

Chalice is committed to being a leader and advocate for financial transparency and accountability, embodying the spirit of Christian stewardship central to Chalice’s mission and work, by providing access to our annual reports and audited financial statements.

We are dedicated to serving those in need around the world by bringing Christ to the poor and the poor to Christ.

Visit us at Chalice.ca to discover how you can help.

Comments provided by Chalice September 24, 2020

Charity Contact

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Donors trying to reach Chalice Canada can call its toll free number: 1-800-776-6855

Tel: 902-252-3911


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