Charity Intelligence

5-157 30 Wellington Street West, Commerce Court South, P.O. Box 129
Toronto, ON M5L 1E2
Managing Director: Kate Bahen
Board Chair: Graeme Hepburn

Charitable Reg. #: 80340 7956 RR0001
Sector: Public Benefit
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

Grade: A-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: High

Full-time staff #2

Avg. Compensation $50,334

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 1
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Charity Intelligence:

Charity Intelligence Canada (Ci), founded in 2006, researches and writes reports on charities to help donors make more informed and impactful giving decisions. Ci has research reports on 654 Canadian charities, including many of the largest. Its reports and star ratings  inform donors about 53% of annual Canadian donations, or $8.5 billion. Ci also guides donors with strategic advice and sector reports. In 2014, Ci started a star-rating system to assess charities. It bases ratings on a charity’s financial transparency, social results reporting, funding need, and cost efficiency.

In F2017, Charity Intelligence Canada spent $212k on its programs. Ci’s website received 382,500 visits in F2017, up 31% from 293,000 in F2016 and up 73% from 221,700 in F2015. Further, Ci measured the social impact of 61 social service charities using a metric called Social Return on Investment or SROI. On the media side, Ci became a prominent source of information on charity news, particularly the Fort McMurray wildfire and disaster relief efforts. It shares giving advice with Canadians. 

Charity Intelligence Canada reports that, in part due to its campaign for better financial transparency, 94 of the 100 largest Canadian charities now post audited financial statements online. In 2011, only 70 of the largest 100 charities posted these statements online. It also states that donor reporting grades have increased by 15% since it began scoring Donor Accountability. This rose only 2% between 2016 and 2017. Charity Intelligence Canada claims that each $1 donated to Ci informs $295 of Canadian giving. This leverage ratio has increased from $176 in F2015. Ci discloses calculations of this ratio in its annual report.

Financial Review:

Charity Intelligence is a small charity with donations of $326k in F2017. Administrative costs are 6% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 1% of total donations. For every dollar donated, 93 cents goes to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Ci has total funding reserves of $62k that can cover its program costs for 3 months, showing a need for funding.

Updated on June 4, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.8%6.2%4.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.1%1.5%0.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 19.0%13.7%44.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 326,077306,603630,680
Fees for service 26,31537,70729,000
Other income 009,347
Total revenues 352,392344,310669,027
Program costs 212,104258,910188,090
Grants 111,99198,003427,900
Administrative costs 20,35921,36330,089
Fundraising costs 3,5234,5604,927
Cash flow from operations 4,415(38,526)18,021
Funding reserves 61,52148,91483,204
Note: Donor-designated donations are included in revenue calculations. Administrative and fundraising costs reporting was changed in F2015 to separate fundraising costs from administrative costs. Rent has been allocated to program costs and administrative costs proportionally.

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