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1100-2200 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4S 2C6
President & CEO: David Morley
Board Chair: Donald Fox

Charitable Reg. #: 12268 0572 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: A-

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 ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #61

Avg. Compensation $91,573

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 1
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 4
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About UNICEF Canada:

Founded in 1955 and based in Toronto, UNICEF Canada (UNC) raises funds for United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), a US-based international charity, and advocates for children’s rights in Canada. UNC is one of UNICEF’s 36 National Committees. UNICEF’s mission is to reach every child and ensure their well-being, regardless of their location. It aims to reach the poorest, most vulnerable children in the world’s most inaccessible places and provide life-saving essentials like vaccines and clean water.  In F2016, UNICEF Canada provided $17.3m in support for UNICEF’s international programming, and spent $3.4m on programs in Canada.

UNICEF Canada‘s international funding supports UNICEF’s global emergency responses that help poor children in developing countries by providing nutrition programs, healthcare services, WASH programs, education programs, child protection programs, and HIV/AIDS programs. In its F2016 annual report, UNC states that it helped UNICEF respond to 344 humanitarian emergencies in 108 countries. UNC’s five large-scale emergencies for the year were in Ethiopia, Iraq, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, and Yemen.  Through its emergency response activities, UNC gave 9.2m children access to basic education, helped 19.3m people access clean water, vaccinated 8.3m people from measles, and provided psychosocial support for 2.4m children. The charity also states that it helped UNICEF reduce global infant and child mortality rates by over 50% between 1990 and 2015.

UNC’s Canadian program spending goes toward advocating for child rights to governments and other law and policy makers.

Financial Review:

UNICEF Canada is a Major 100 charity, meaning it is one of Canada’s 100 largest charities in terms of donations. The charity collected $26.7m in donations in F2016. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 24% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.67 goes towards its programs and grants, which falls just within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. UNICEF Canada’s funding reserves of $10.5m can cover only 51% of annual program costs and granting activities, indicating a funding need.

UNICEF Canada reports using external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In its most recent F2015 T3010 CRA filing, the charity reports paying $2.3m to external fundraisers that collected $3.8m. This produces a fundraising ratio of 60%, meaning that per dollar donated to external fundraisers, UNICEF receives $0.40. 

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by UNICEF Canada. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 10, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.1%6.8%9.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.1%23.8%25.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 50.8%31.8%43.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 26,71833,91826,977
Government funding 2,5534,9010
Business activities (net) 684497588
Other income 238272
Total revenues 29,97739,39727,637
Program costs 3,3633,6853,605
Grants 17,33024,81414,451
Administrative costs 2,7332,6812,486
Fundraising costs 6,4438,0866,776
Cash flow from operations 108131318
Funding reserves 10,5069,0497,786
Note: Ci reported product sales net of expenses in business activities, reducing revenues and expenses by $30k in F2016, $71k in F2015 and $122k in F2014. Ci removed amortization from administrative and fundraising expenses on a pro-rata basis.

Comments added by the Charity:

UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more.

UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive. Thank you for considering a donation or getting involved with UNICEF Canada. For accurate and up-to-date information and to learn more, please visit or call 1-800-308-3248.

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