SOS Children's Villages Canada

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

Charitable Reg. #:13824 7259 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 SOS Children's Villages Canada:

Founded in 1969, SOS Children’s Villages Canada (SOS Canada) is the Canadian branch of SOS Children’s Villages which was founded in 1949 by an Austrian medical student. SOS Children’s Villages provides loving homes for children in 134 countries around the world who have been abandoned and orphaned. At the homes, their basic needs for food, health, shelter, and education are met. SOS Canada’s programs include: Children’s Villages, Family Strengthening Programs, Kindergartens, Schools, Youth Facilities, Vocational Training Centres, Medical Centres, and Emergency Relief Programs. In F2018, SOS Canada distributed $4.0m, of which 60% went to projects in Africa, 21% to Asia, 7% to Europe, 7% to North America, and 5% to South America.

Each SOS Children’s Village is made up of 10 to 15 houses of SOS mothers, brothers, and sisters. SOS mothers are extensively trained local women who provide constant long-term care for five to ten children. Brothers and sisters are children of different ages who grow up together under the care of their SOS mother. Each SOS family is given a home in which they live according to their own culture and religion. SOS Children’s Villages keeps families together through Family Strengthening Programs, which include skills training and community development work. Since 1 of every 4 children lives in a country affected by conflict or disaster, SOS also administers emergency aid to families. In emergency situations, SOS works to have families reunited, offers childcare, provides education and healthcare services, and distributes food to children and women.

SOS Children’s Villages Canada reports that over 12,000 Canadians helped 3,199 children in 115 countries in F2018. In its F2018 annual report, SOS Canada mentioned highlights from projects in Africa including: training 24 Ugandan teachers from 16 different schools, delivering early childhood education services to more than 1,000 Ugandan children, and improving access to day care services and early learning for close to 200 children in Keranyo, Ethiopia.

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Results and Impact

In Kouloun, Mali, SOS Children’s Villages Canada reports that 65% of people in the community had less than one meal per day. Through SOS Canada’s Family Strengthening Program, 80% of the people it serves have three meals per day. SOS Canada also reports that it worked to decrease the dropout rate in Kouloun schools from 68% three years ago to 10% now.

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 is a ­­­­large charity, with total donations of $6.0m in F2018. Administrative costs are 12% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 24% of donations. For every dollar donated, 64 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Funding reserves of $3.6m (including donor-endowed funds of $381k) can cover 10 months of annual program costs. Excluding donor-endowed funds, SOS Canada can cover nine months of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to SOS Children’s Villages Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 7, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.1%8.2%9.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 23.9%30.7%31.0%
Total overhead spending 36.0%38.8%40.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 77.8%61.1%93.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,0226,2475,421
Government funding 1701,0210
Investment income 11712
Other income 14024136
Total revenues 6,3437,5165,469
Program costs 184740
Grants 4,0255,0983,312
Administrative costs 763613542
Fundraising costs 1,4401,9171,679
Total spending 6,4127,7015,533
Cash flow from operations (70)(186)(65)
Capital spending 464
Funding reserves 3,6403,5573,489

Note: Ci removed amortization from administrative and fundraising costs pro-rata, affecting expenses by ($7k) in F2018, ($7k) in F2017, and ($7k) in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 12

Avg. Compensation: $80,005

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 F2017

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