Charity Intelligence

30 Church St., Suite 405
Toronto, ON M5E 1S7
Managing Director: Kate Bahen
Board Chair: Graeme Hepburn

Charitable Reg. #: 80340 7956 RR0001
Sector: Research & Public Policy
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

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #1

Avg. Compensation $70,000

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 1
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

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 of Canada’s largest charities. These reports 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 F2015, Charity Intelligence Canada spent $188k on its programs, including $186k on research and $2k on donor services. Ci’s website received 221,000 visits in F2015, up 105% from 108,000 in F2014 and 166% from 83,000 in F2013. Further, Ci measured the social impact of 50 social-services based charities using a metric called Social Return on Investment or SROI. Ci’s Canadian Charity Impact Fund allows donors to donate to 10 high-impact charities. On the media side, Ci became a prominent source of information on ALS Canada for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Ci’s reports on 20 charities with programs in Nepal informed donors intending to give to disaster relief efforts in Nepal.

Charity Intelligence Canada reports that, thanks to its efforts, 93 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 9% in F2015. Charity Intelligence Canada claims that each $1 donated to Ci informs $176 of Canadian giving. Ci discloses calculations of this ratio in its annual report.

Financial Review:

Charity Intelligence is a Small-Cap charity with donations of $631k in F2015. Administrative costs are 5% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 1% of total donations. Total overhead costs come to 5%, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. Ci has total funding reserves of $83k that can cover its program costs for 5 months.

Updated on August 2nd, 2016 by Mirza Shakir.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.5%7.3%8.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.8%1.5%0.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 44.2%36.2%25.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 630,680267,602289,570
Fees for service 29,00050,00035,000
Other income 9,3474,11019,798
Total revenues 669,027321,712344,368
Program costs 188,090196,884224,800
Grants 427,90088,564115,323
Administrative costs 30,08923,54628,962
Fundraising costs 4,9273,9041,349
Cash flow from operations 18,0218,814(26,066)
Funding reserves 83,20471,34756,336
Note: Donor-designated donations are included in revenues calculations. Administrative and fundraising costs reporting was changed in F2015 to separate fundraising costs from administrative costs. For F2014 and F2013, fundraising costs are separated from administrative costs based on T3010 filings. Rent has been allocated to programs costs and administrative costs proportionally.

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