Christian Blind Mission
Stouffville, ON L4A 7Z9
Executive Director: Ed Epp
Board Chair: Jonathan Liteplo
Charitable Reg. #: 10691 8329 RR0001
Grade: BThe grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Impact Rating: Fair
Full-time staff #37
Avg. Compensation $82,505
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About Christian Blind Mission:
Christian Blind Mission International (cbm) was founded in 1908 when a German missionary pastor, Ernst Chistoffel, opened a home and school for children with disabilities in Anatolia. cbm’s vision is “A world where people living with or affected by disability are valued as Jesus values them, are accepted as equals, and are able to achieve their God-given potential.” cbm reports that 1 in 10 children with disabilities is in school, and 1 in 20 finish primary school. Christian Blind Mission takes a Christian, community, rights-based, participatory and innovative approach to its programs. Its programs focus on prevention, cure, care, and education. In 2016, cbm helped 37.9 million children and families with disabilities and treated 3.3 million children with medical care.
Christian Blind Mission spends 83% of program costs on prevention. The charity reported in its F2017 annual report that it provided 13,582,045 doses of medication for neglected tropical diseases and provided 76,405 parents with training on children’s rights and child safeguarding. In 2016, cbm treated 3,996,859 people with Mectizan to prevent them from being infected later by River Blindness and 4,126,022 people suffering from trachoma with Azithromycin to prevent the infection from leading to blindness.
The remainder of Christian Blind Mission’s program dollars go toward care, cure, and education. During the southern Africa food crisis in 2016, 1600 people were given emergency care. The same year, cbm provided education to 57,989 children and funded 422,145 cataract and 557 fistula surgeries.
Results and Impact: In its F2017 annual report, Christian Blind Mission reports that it helped 285,485 people restore their hearing. The funding from the Canadian division of cbm directly helped 13,647 people restore their vision.
Christian Blind Mission is a Major 100 charity, with $13.4m in cash donations and $118.6m in donated goods-in-kind in F2017. Of the $118.6m, $105.4m was donated to cbm US. cbm Canada now operates cbm US so the large increase in goods-in-kind donations is due to cbm US now being included in cbm Canada’s reports. cbm’s administrative costs are 2% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 31% of donations. For every dollar donated, 67 cents go to cbm’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. cbm has funding reserves of $13.2m, of which $2.3m is donor-endowed. This results in a program cost coverage ratio of 8.5%, excluding donor-endowed funds. Excluding goods-in-kind donations and donor-endowed funds, the funding reserves can cover 113% of annual program costs.
Christian Blind Mission employs external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. The charity reports $1.0m in fundraising costs for external fundraisers that raised $333k in F2016, producing an external fundraising cost ratio of 305%. This means that cbm paid $3.05 for every dollar raised by external fundraisers. As a result, donating directly to cbm is more cost efficient.
This charity report is an update that has been sent to Christian Blind Mission for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on June 1, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending June
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||2.0%||7.6%||5.7%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||30.9%||25.0%||19.6%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||10.3%||71.7%||59.8%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Goods in kind||118,564||7,861||8,597|
|Program costs - International||126,416||11,661||16,843|
|Program costs - Canada||1,966||1,896||1,699|
|Cash flow from operations||(1,435)||3,594||164|