Suite 100, 9 Gurdwara Road
Ottawa, ON K2E 7X6
President & CEO: Barbara Grantham
Board Chair: Ken Sunquist

Charitable Reg. #:11883 8333 RR0001


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

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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) 76 cents are available for programs.

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About CARE Canada:

Founded in 1945, CARE International is comprised of national divisions including CARE Canada, whose head office is in Ottawa. US President Truman sent the first CARE Package in 1946 as part of relief efforts during the aftermath of World War II. Since then, CARE has worked to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice. CARE Canada targets women and girls to overcome poverty. CARE highlights that 1.2 billion people live in severe poverty and three billion people don't eat enough nutritious food to stay healthy. Its main programs are emergency response (18 million people reached in F2018), food and farming (33.6 million reached), health and nutrition (2.6 million reached), and saving and earning (14 million reached). About 65% of these people were women and girls. 

CARE Canada’s largest program in F2018 was emergency relief, which makes up 50% of program costs. These programs combat social injustice and poverty due to natural disasters and other crises. The program provides emergency response, aids in long-term recovery, and helps countries prepare for crises. In response to the 2018 earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia, CARE reached nearly 20,000 people with life-sustaining packages of shelter materials, kitchen sets and hygiene kits. In response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, CARE reached over 192,000 people with emergency response efforts focused on food, water, shelter, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, hygiene and nutrition. 

28% of CARE Canada’s program costs covered food initiatives. These programs help women sell their farm produce to earn money, and work to make healthy food choices more accessible for women. CARE also works with communities to improve farming techniques so crops can withstand extreme weather. In addition, CARE helps women access information, services and support for a range of health topics, including pregnancy or how many children to have. CARE works with governments, doctors and local health departments to make sure women’s health needs are met.  

Care Canada’s saving and earning program sector makes up 13% of program costs. The women’s economic empowerment program establishes village saving and loan groups of about 20 women to help them save and grow their money to provide for themselves in the future 

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Results and Impact

Between August 2017 and February 2018, CARE ran a program to deal with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) in children affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis. Over 180,000 children were screened. 11,181 children with SAM and 48,034 children with MAM were identified and referred to other centres. CARE reported a 93% malnutrition cure rate.  In addition, direct nutrition interventions led to a significant reduction in child stunting. Stunting among children betweesix and 24 months old was reduced by 5% per year.

Charity Intelligence has given CARE a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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CARE Canada is a large charity, receiving $9.5m in Canadian donations in F2018. CARE received an additional $31.9m in international donations. Government funding of $80.7m made up 65% of total revenue. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 16% of donations. For every dollar donated, 76 cents go to CARE’s programming. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. CARE Canada has $36.4m in funding reserves, which is enough to cover program costs for four months. 

CARE Canada used external fundraisers in F2018. The charity spent $314k to raise $118k from the external fundraiser for a cost of $2.66 per dollar raised, up from $0.55 in F2017. 

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

Updated on May 17, 2019 by Caroline McKenna. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.1%5.3%4.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.6%17.2%15.2%
Total overhead spending 23.7%22.4%19.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 32.5%25.8%28.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,48410,1089,201
Government funding 80,74968,29072,344
Investment income 06176
Other income 33,42896,37258,989
Total revenues 123,661174,831140,610
Program costs - International 111,835163,462131,579
Administrative costs 10,0089,2485,986
Fundraising costs 1,4761,7341,395
Other costs 001,198
Total spending 123,319174,444140,158
Cash flow from operations 342387452
Capital spending 12107107
Funding reserves 36,39642,18537,974

Note: Ci included international donations of $31.9m in F2018, $94.4m in F2017, and $56.6m in F2016 in other income. Ci did not include amortization of deferred capital contributions in revenue. Ci has reduced program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis to account for amortization of capital assets of $129k in F2018, $207k in F2017, and $350k in F2016. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 844

Avg. Compensation: $48,974

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 F2018

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