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International Aid
Toronto, ON


2200 Yonge St. Suite 1100
Toronto, ON M4S 2C6
President & CEO: David Morley
Board Chair: Donald Fox

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

Results Reporting

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 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

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #61

Avg. Compensation $91,572

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 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 2017, UNICEF Canada provided $23.2m in support for UNICEF’s international programming, and spent $4.0m 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 2017 annual report, UNC states that it helped UNICEF respond to 337 humanitarian emergencies in 102 countries. UNICEF’s seven large-scale emergencies for the year were in Mexico, the Caribbean, Syrian Arab Republic, Iraq, Bangladesh in response to the Rohingya crisis, South Sudan, and Yemen. Through its emergency response activities, UNICEF improved sanitation for 22 million people, provided over 15.6 million children with micronutrient powder to prevent anemia and vitamin deficiencies, vaccinated 13.6 million children against measles, and provided education to 8.8 million children. UNICEF provided 2.8 million children with psychosocial support, including 122,719 Rohingya refugees.

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

Results and Impact: UNICEF treated 2.5 million children for malnutrition, including 206,993 children under five in South Sudan for severe malnutrition and 10,725 Rohingya refugees under five in Bangladesh for malnutrition. UNICEF helped three countries eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus in 2017. Through its water programs, UNICEF helped 29.9 million people gain access to safe water.

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 $30.3m in donations in 2017. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues and fundraising costs are 29% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, 64 cents go the cause, which falls just outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. In its financial statements, UNC reports that $2.0m in 2017 and $527k in 2015 was received from UNICEF for fundraising activities.

UNICEF Canada’s funding reserves of $13.3m can cover under 6 months 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 2016 T3010 CRA filing, the charity reports paying $2.0m to external fundraisers that collected $3.0m, producing a fundraising ratio of 66%. This percentage means that UNC paid $0.66 for every dollar raised by external fundraisers. As a result, donating directly to UNC is more cost effective. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to UNICEF Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 3, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.2%9.1%6.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 28.6%24.3%24.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 49.2%50.9%31.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 30,29726,71833,391
Government funding 5,9852,5534,901
Business activities (net) 516684497
Other income 2,09223609
Total revenues 38,89029,97739,397
Program costs 3,9753,3123,636
Grants 23,15317,33024,814
Administrative costs 2,7962,7392,694
Fundraising costs 8,6626,4878,122
Cash flow from operations 303108131
Funding reserves 13,34010,5069,049
Note: Ci reported product sales net of expenses in business activities, reducing revenues and expenses by $29k in F2017, $30k in F2016, and $71k in F2015. Ci removed amortization from program costs, administrative, and fundraising expenses on a pro-rated basis. Ci reported the amount received, rather than recognized, from UNICEF to report on a cash basis, increasing revenues by $233k in F2017.

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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