Save the Children Canada

300 - 4141 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2P 2A8
President & CEO: Bill Chambers
Board Chair: Richard Stursberg

Charitable Reg. #:10795 8621 RR0001

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FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

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B

RESULTS REPORTING

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DEMONSTRATED IMPACT

The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.

NEED FOR FUNDING

Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.

66%

CENTS TO THE CAUSE

For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 66 cents are available for programs.



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Programs

About Save the Children Canada:

Founded in 1921, Save the Children Canada works toward a world where every child is safe, healthy, and has economic opportunities. The charity serves immediate needs by providing food, water, and healthcare, and improves lives in the long term through education and promotion of gender equality.

In F2018, Save the Children Canada allocated $40.2 million to international programs. For international programming, 35% was allocated to programs in East Africa, 20% to West Africa, 15% to the Middle East, 6% to India/Asia, 4% to South America, and 0.3% to Central America.

In F2017, Save the Children International ran programs in 120 countries, working with 49.1 million children. There were 33.3 million children involved with health and nutrition programs, 9.7 million in educational programs, and 4.4 million in extreme poverty were provided basic needs. The charity distributes emergency supplies in disaster areas, recently providing 7 mobile health teams in Yemen and using an Italian ship to retrieve 2,705 refugees from Syria. It supports eight universities which offer masters programs in children’s rights.

An estimated 600 million children live in extreme poverty and 168 million work in harmful conditions instead of going to school. The charity’s Children Lead the Way program worked in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Peru, encouraging children to remain in school and avoid dangerous work. Youth in Action is a similar program with an additional mentoring aspect and focus on entrepreneurship. MasterCard Foundation funded the program for six years, providing Save the Children with $39.8 million.

In F2017, Save the Children Canada allocated 2% of program spending to Canadian programming. The charity provides books, supplies, and social support to children and mothers in First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities. In F2017, the charity connected 200 women with midwives who provided support during childbirth. Emergency preparedness training was provided to 5,000 youth and adults in Ontario and Manitoba.

This is the most recent output data available. As of the date this report was updated, Save the Children Canada had yet to publish its annual report for F2018.

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Results and Impact

In F2017, Save the Children’s Youth in Action program increased the financial literacy rate of participants in Malawi from 22% to 64%. In Uganda, participants’ daily income nearly doubled after the program and 85% of female, Egyptian program graduates had a job compared with 13% before the program.

The Lead the Way program operated in a Nicaraguan community where the primary school completion rate increased from 40% to 73% at the end of the program. Graduation from vocational training was improved from 4% to 40%. The program allowed for 177 children to return to school. In Peru, Lead the Way has seen a 95% graduation rate for primary school and 86% graduation rate from secondary school. Of the Peruvian children in the program, 90% report understanding their rights to education, protection, participation, and play.

Recent News: In April 2019, Sir Alan Parker resigned as the international organization’s chairman after allegations that the charity failed to investigate the alleged sexual abuse and inappropriate behaviour of former executives, Justin Forsyth and Brendan Cox towards a Canadian working with senior management.

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Finances

Save the Children Canada is a Major 100 charity with donations of $17.1m in F2018. The charity received $7.3m in government funding (down from $25.2m in F2017), representing 28% of total revenues. In April 2018, the UK government’s Charity Commission opened an investigation into Save the Children’s handling of the allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment. Since this time, the UK government has provided no funding to the charity, but the Canadian government has continued its funding. Donations from Global Affairs Canada since the Save the Children scandal total $7.5m. 

Administrative costs are 11% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 23% of donations. For every $1 donated, 66 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Save the Children Canada has $16.7m in funding reserves which can cover program costs for almost five months.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Save the Children Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 19, 2019 by Caroline McKenna.

Financial Review


Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201820172016
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.2%6.4%3.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 23.0%21.0%20.7%
Total overhead spending 34.2%27.4%24.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 40.1%38.9%32.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201820172016
Donations 17,10922,12820,440
Government funding 7,29425,16333,114
Investment income 706760
Other income 1,6302,1939,076
Total revenues 26,10449,55162,690
Program costs - International 40,21845,43053,558
Program costs - Canada 1,3789981,596
Administrative costs 2,9103,1802,128
Fundraising costs 3,9334,6444,231
Total spending 48,43954,25261,512
Cash flow from operations (22,335)(4,702)1,178
Capital spending 101,21161
Funding reserves 16,69218,05318,134

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred government funding, deferred international grants, and amortization of deferred lease inducement, affecting revenues by ($23.9m) in F2018, ($4.5m) in F2017, and ($11k) in F2016. Ci has adjusted for unrealized capital loss and loss on disposal of assets, affecting expenses by ($31.6k) in F2018, ($46k) in F2017, and ($23k) in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 78

Avg. Compensation $78,166

Top 10 staff salary range

$350k +
0
$300k - $350k
0
$250k - $300k
0
$200k - $250k
1
$160k - $200k
1
$120k - $160k
4
$80k - $120k
4
$40k - $80k
0
< $40k
0

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

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