SOS Children's Villages Canada

Unit 240 - 44 By Ward Market Square
Ottawa, ON K1N 7A2
President & CEO: Thomas Bauer
Board Chair: Alfred Page

Charitable Reg. #:13824 7259 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 1/5]


Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 68 cents are available for programs.

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About SOS Children's Villages Canada:

SOS Children's Villages Canada is a 1-star charity. It has reasonable overhead costs and an average results reporting grade. However, it is not financially transparent and has Low demonstrated impact. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence's report.

Founded in 1969, SOS Children’s Villages Canada (SOS Canada) is the Canadian branch of SOS Children’s Villages. Based in Austria, SOS Children’s Villages provides loving homes for abandoned, orphaned, and vulnerable children across 134 countries. It establishes Children’s Villages, which are safe communities that provide food, health services, shelter, and education to children and their new families. SOS Canada reports that it helps to fund more than 550 Children’s Villages around the world.

In F2020, SOS Children’s Villages Canada spent 59% of program costs in sub-Saharan Africa, 21% in Asia, 9% in Latin America and the Caribbean, 5% in the Middle East and North Africa, and 5% in North America and Europe. SOS Canada runs several core programs, including Children’s Villages, Family Strengthening Programs, Emergency Relief, Schools, Kindergartens, Youth Facilities, and Medical Centres. It does not provide a program spending breakdown for F2020.

Each Children’s Village consists of 10 to 15 houses of SOS mothers and children. SOS mothers are local women trained to provide constant long-term care for five to ten children. Each SOS family receives a home where children can safely live according to their own cultures and religions. SOS Canada aims to prevent economic hardship and keep families together through Family Strengthening Programs, which provide job skills and small business training at its villages. Since one out of every four children lives in a country affected by conflict or disaster, SOS also runs Emergency Relief projects. In emergency situations, SOS works to reunite families, provide education and health services, and distribute food aid.

SOS Children’s Villages Canada reports that it provided health services to 271,200 people and education to 198,600 children in F2020. It also reached 347,000 people through Family Strengthening Programs during the year. Through its Emergency Relief efforts, SOS Canada reports that it helped 240,000 people. In Somalia, SOS Children’s Villages Canada established a new covid-19 treatment centre and funded expansions of the SOS Mother and Child Hospital. The SOS Hospital is the second-largest hospital in the country, providing more than 120,000 health services to patients each year.

These are results for SOS Children's Village's global operations and SOS Canada contributes 4% of SOS Children's Village's global budget. 

This is the most recent report on SOS Children's Villages Canada. Charity Intelligence contacted SOS Children's Villages for its most recent information for 2021 but this information has not been provided. Information in this report reflects the F2020 financial statements and annual report.

August 4, 2022.

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Results and Impact

Before running its programs in Kouloun, Mali, SOS Canada reported that 65% of community members had less than one meal per day. Through its Family Strengthening Programs, SOS Canada helped to create three community gardens and provide education on child nutrition. The charity reported that its programs led to 80% of people eating three meals per day. SOS Canada also states that dropout rates in Kouloun schools decreased from 68% to 10% over the course of its programs.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of SOS Children’s Villages Canada’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given SOS Children's Villages a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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SOS Children’s Villages Canada received donations of $6.9m in F2020. It also received $1.7m in international donations and grants from UNICEF USA (19% of revenues) and $150k in government funding (2% of revenues). Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 22% of Canadian donations. This results in total overhead spending of 32%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 68 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity was previously outside of this reasonable range. However, its fundraising ratio decreased in F2020 mainly due to a 10% increase in donations.

SOS Children’s Villages Canada has $5.3m in total funding reserves. The charity can cover 97% or less than one year of annual program costs with its existing reserves.

According to its most recent available filing with the Charities Directorate in F2019, SOS Children’s Villages Canada uses external fundraisers. It paid $1.0m to raise $160k through external fundraisers in F2019, at a cost of $6.50 per dollar raised.

SOS Canada’s financial statements disclose transactions with three related parties. Its grants in F2020 included $28k to SOS British Columbia, $1.7m to SOS International, and $1.9m to SOS Sponsorships.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to SOS Children’s Villages Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 15, 2021 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.0%10.6%12.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 22.0%26.4%23.9%
Total overhead spending 31.9%37.0%36.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 97.4%85.3%83.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,8526,2026,022
International donations 1,6681,289130
Government funding 1500170
Investment income 4090(2)
Other income 251110
Total revenues 8,7347,5916,331
Program costs - International 1,7211,1670
Program costs - Canada 157185184
Grants 3,6073,9594,312
Administrative costs 867796763
Fundraising costs 1,5051,6381,440
Other costs (84)(181)(111)
Total spending 7,7727,5646,588
Cash flow from operations 96227(257)
Capital spending 8114
Funding reserves 5,3404,5323,748

Note: Ci included endowment fund investment income in investment income. This affected revenues by $21k in F2020, $50k in F2019, and ($12k) in F2018. Ci classified revenues from cooperation agreements and UNICEF USA’s Impact Fund for Children as international donations, and classified associated expenses as international program costs. Ci reported distributions to SOS charities in Canada and internationally as grants. To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted grants by changes in amounts due to SOS International. This affected expenses by $122k in F2020, $90k in F2019, and $286k in F2018. Ci included foreign exchange losses (gains) in other costs, affecting expenses by ($84k) in F2020, ($181k) in F2019, and ($111k) in F2018. Ci removed amortization from administration and fundraising expenses on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 14

Avg. compensation: $83,749

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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