Amnesty International

312 Laurier Ave E.
Ottawa, ON K1N 1H9
President: Lana Verran
Board Chair: Bill Rafoss

Charitable Reg. #: 11878 5914 RR0001
Sector: Human Rights Advocacy
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: C+

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Most recent audited financial statements 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 #40

Avg. Compensation $96,191

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 8
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Amnesty International :

Founded in 1974, Amnesty International (AIC) is the Canadian arm of Amnesty International, a global movement of over 7 million people in more than 150 countries working to protect and promote human rights. Its mission is to “conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.” AIC aims to see a world in which every person enjoys all rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

AIC’s programs include a campaign to end torture, protecting human rights from big businesses, international justice, indigenous people rights, refugee and migrant rights, women’s rights, LGBTI rights, social and economic rights, ending the irresponsible arms trade, and ending the death penalty. In F2016, AIC spent 26% of its expenditures on international campaigns, 8% on Canadian actions, and 8% on grassroots activism, with the remainder of funds spent on communications and organizational costs.

Financial Review:

Amnesty International is a big-cap charity with donations of $13.3m in F2016. Its administrative costs are 9% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 32% of donations. For every dollar donated, 59 cents go towards AIC’s programs, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range. AIC has funding reserves of $2.3m, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 29%. This means that the charity can cover just over 3 months of its annual programming costs using its existing reserves, indicating a need for funding.

Amnesty International Canada uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities.  The charity reports $2.3m in fundraising costs for external fundraisers that raised $2.8m in F2016, producing an external fundraising cost ratio of 83%. This is consistent over the last 7 years. Donors wanting to avoid these high fundraising costs should donate directly to Amnesty International rather than through external fundraisers.

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

Updated on August 29, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.2%9.3%8.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 32.2%31.2%31.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 28.8%29.8%23.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 13,31113,39811,920
Fees for service 161020
Special events 0300
Investment income 111612
Other income 65018
Total revenues 13,34413,50411,970
Program costs 7,9317,4246,991
Administrative costs 1,2311,256987
Fundraising costs 4,2854,1923,790
Cash flow from operations (103)631201
Funding reserves 2,2802,2141,627
Note: Ci has reported donation revenues gross of fundraising expenses and reported the fundraising expenses in fundraising costs, affecting revenues and expenses by $4.3m in F2016, $4.2m in F2015, and by $3.8m in F2014. Ci has also backed out amortization from program costs, affecting program costs by ($153k) in F2016, ($204k) in F2015, and by ($146k) in F2014.

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