200-9 Gurdwara Road
Ottawa, ON K2E 7X6
President & CEO: Barbara Grantham
Board Chair: Victor Thomas

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) 64 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 places a strong focus on helping women and girls to overcome poverty. CARE highlights that 1.2 billion people live in severe poverty.

Humanitarian programs represented 61% of program costs in F2019. CARE Canada combats social injustice and poverty by providing emergency aid to international crises. In response to the 2018 earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia, CARE reached nearly 60,500 people with life-sustaining packages of shelter materials, kitchen sets and hygiene kits. In March 2019, in response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, CARE reached over 300,000 people with food, clean water, and emergency shelter. 

Food and climate change initiatives represented 24% of program costs in F2019. These programs help women sell their farm produce to earn money and make healthy food choices more accessible for women. CARE also works with communities to improve farming techniques so crops can withstand the effects of climate change. In F2018, CARE Canada reached 1.9 million people with better access to food and ways to cope with climate change.

Economic empowerment programs represented 8% of program costs in F2019. Programs help establish village saving and loan groups of about 20 women to help them save and grow their money to provide for themselves in the future. In F2018, CARE Canada helped 624,000 women and girls gain better access to and control of economic resources.

Sexual, reproductive, and maternal health represented 7% of program costs in F2019. CARE helps women access information, services, and support for a range of health topics, including pregnancy and how to raise children. CARE works with governments, doctors, and local health departments to make sure women’s health needs are met.  In F2018, CARE Canada provided support to 334,000 women and girls.

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Results and Impact

From June 2010 to September 2015, CARE ran a program aimed at reducing vulnerability to food insecurity in Bangladesh. Some examples of interventions include increasing the amount of healthy food, developing caring practices for children, and improving household health environments. Over the five years, stunting amongst children under the age of five decreased from 62% to 49%. Also, families’ income grew by 85%, more than the 60% national average.

Results data is from F2018 as CARE Canada’s 2019 Annual Report has not been posted on the charity's website at the time this report was created.

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 $6.3m in donations in F2019. The charity also received $46.1m in international donations (41% of revenues) and $51.7m in government funding (46% of revenues).

Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 27% of donations. For every dollar donated, 64 cents go the cause. This is not within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $32.3m can cover 3.8 months of annual program costs.

CARE Canada used external fundraisers in F2019. The charity spent $385k to raise $137k from the external fundraiser for a cost of $2.81 per dollar raised.

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

Updated on June 12, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.8%8.1%5.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.8%15.6%17.2%
Total overhead spending 35.7%23.7%22.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 31.7%32.5%25.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,3359,48410,108
International donations 46,14748,514111,069
Goods in kind 7,1377,46414,133
Government funding 51,68356,71037,459
Investment income 10917961
Other income 1,5181,3102,001
Total revenues 112,929123,661174,831
Program costs - International 101,809111,721163,403
Grants 4611459
Administrative costs 9,95410,0089,248
Fundraising costs 1,7001,4761,734
Total spending 113,509123,319174,444
Cash flow from operations (580)342387
Capital spending 16712107
Funding reserves 32,32936,39642,185

Note: Gifts to qualified donees were removed from international program costs and placed in grants. Ci has reduced program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis to account for amortization of capital assets.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 766

Avg. Compensation: $54,373

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 F2019

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