Sleeping Children Around the World

28 Pinehurst Crescent
Toronto, ON M9A 3A5
Executive Director: Linda Webb
Board Chair: Maurice Kowanetz

Charitable Reg. #:13163 4396 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 92 cents are available for programs.

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About Sleeping Children Around the World:

Founded in 1970, Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) aims to improve the health and well-being of children in developing countries. The charity distributes bed kits to children aged 6 to 12. SCAW states that bed kits are manufactured locally to help stimulate the economy in the target country. Each kit contains a mattress, a mosquito net, bedding, clothing, and school supplies – contents vary from country to country.   

In F2020, SCAW spent $2.3m on purchasing and distributing 73,500 bed kits. This gives a cost per bed kit of $32.  

SCAW works only in countries with Gross National Income per capita less than US $6,000. In F2020, it worked in 9 countries: India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Honduras, and Uganda. India received 32% of all the bed kits distributed.

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Results and Impact

From F2016 to F2018, SCAW distributed 66,429 insecticide-treated nets to children in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Togo, and 127,000 untreated nets to children in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Honduras.  

Based on Unicef data on using mosquito nets to prevent malaria, SCAW reports that from 2016-2018 the mosquito nets included in bed kits saved over 1,130 lives.   

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Sleeping Children Around the World’s results and impact. 

Charity Intelligence has given Sleeping Children Around the World a Low impact rating for demonstrated impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: Low

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Sleeping Children Around the World received donations and special events revenue of $2.8m in F2020. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 2% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 8%. For every dollar donated, 92 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

SCAW's policy is to use revenue from its Pinehurst Club fundraising events and the investment income from its founder's endowment to cover all administrative and fundraising costs.

Funding reserves of $5.4m can cover annual bed kit costs for 2.3 years. 

This charity report is an update has been sent to Sleeping Children Around the World for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated August 20, 2021 by Asha McMullin. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending February
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.3%5.8%4.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.8%2.2%1.8%
Total overhead spending 8.1%8.0%6.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 230.1%178.3%201.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,599,5922,411,0122,617,622
Business activities (net) 1,4611,7241,420
Special events 206,589219,696230,642
Investment income 135,767148,542110,538
Other income 9,1448,8209,743
Total revenues 2,952,5532,789,7942,969,965
Program costs - International 2,330,7262,804,6822,587,500
Administrative costs 176,109154,152141,054
Fundraising costs 51,11857,96449,838
Total spending 2,557,9533,016,7982,778,392
Cash flow from operations 394,600(227,004)191,573
Funding reserves 5,363,6285,001,7925,209,744

Note: Ci Reported HST rebates in Other revenue increasing income and expenses by $9k in F2020, $9k in F2019, and $10k in F2018. Ci reported foreign exchange gains and losses in investment income affecting revenues and expenses by $2k in F2020, $3k in F2019, and ($4k) in F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 1

Avg. compensation: $53,351

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:

Sleeping Children has a unique financial structure thanks to the vision and generosity of its founders, Murray and Margaret Dryden, and its almost total reliance on volunteers.  Murray donated his home, and set up a Legacy / Endowment to generate income to pay administrative expenses.  This structure guarantees that donations for bedkits go 100% to children in need. The charity partners with trusted overseas organizations like Rotary Clubs.  Every bedkit item is sourced locally and many are manufactured in the host country, generating local economic benefits.  Sleeping Children volunteers verify that every bedkit is delivered to a child in need, and that 100% of funds were spent on bedkit items. Funding Reserves at February 28, 2018 consist of:



$ Reserves

% of Total Reserves

Legacy / Endowment (to cover future administrative costs)






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Pinehurst Club (supports Legacy)



Total Funding Reserves




For every $1 donated to the charity for bedkits, 100 cents goes to the cause.

Bedkit Reserves of $1.0 million can cover less than 5 months of bedkit costs.

Charity Contact

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001