248-67 Mowat Ave
Toronto, ON M6K 3E3
President: Dr. Samantha Nutt
Board Chair: Michael Eizenga

Charitable Reg. #:87237 4426 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 81 cents are available for programs.

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About War Child Canada:

Founded in 1999, War Child Canada (WCC) helps children and women affected by war access education programs, economic opportunities, and legal services. It works directly with war-affected communities to help families recover from conflict and reports that 99% of its staff are hired locally. War Child International is a global network of three main charities: War Child Canada, War Child Holland, and War Child UK. The three charities share a common mission and brand identity, but were each founded and operate independently. Each also receives funding from one or two affiliated War Child charities, with War Child USA affiliated with Canada, War Child Germany and Sweden affiliated with Holland, and War Child Australia and Ireland affiliated with the UK.

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In F2020, War Child Canada spent $16.0m on international programs and $515k on program support costs in Canada. It worked in six regions, including Afghanistan (49% of program spending), Uganda (17%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (14%), Sudan (12%), South Sudan (7%), and the Middle East (1%). WCC groups its programs into three main pillars: Education, Poverty Reduction, and Legal Protection. It does not provide a spending breakdown along these pillars.

War Child Canada’s Education programs aim to promote access to schooling and innovative teaching methods in conflict areas. For instance, it helps to repair damaged school buildings, provide books and school supplies, and set up safe spaces for children to learn and play. In the DRC, War Child Canada provides radio-based education programs to help thousands of children learn safely from home. In 2019, the charity reports that it helped to educate 230,000 children.

WCC’s Poverty Reduction programs provide job training, small business support, and farming programs to help people recover from the effects of conflict. The charity aims to help young adults, particularly women, create their own businesses and develop a sustainable income. In 2019, WCC reached 132,000 people through its poverty initiatives.

War Child Canada’s Legal Protection programs aim to combat gender-based violence and discrimination. WCC operates registered legal clinics that provide free legal representation to women and children who have experienced abuse. It also runs public awareness programs to teach families about gendered violence and how to access legal aid. At a community level, WCC trains local leaders to advocate for the rights of women and children. In 2019, it helped 137,000 people access legal services or learn about their rights.

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Results and Impact

War Child Canada has not yet posted its 2020 annual report at the time of this update. These results refer to 2019.

In Afghanistan, War Child Canada has worked to end the practice of “bacha bazi”. Bacha bazi refers to a previously-legal practice of hiring and abusing young boys for entertainment. WCC states that its advocacy efforts and partnership with the Afghanistan Ministry of Justice helped to successfully criminalize bacha bazi in January 2018. It also helped to prosecute 186 cases and train parents, teachers, and law enforcement officers in recognizing abuse. According to the charity, 48% of law enforcement staff reported an increased understanding of abuse laws.

In Sudan, War Child Canada reports that it provided clean water to more than 50,000 people in 2019. 

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

Charity Intelligence has given War Child Canada a High impact rating for demonstrated impact per dollar.

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Impact Rating: High

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War Child Canada received Canadian donations and special events revenue of $5.9m in F2020. During the year, it received $9.7m in international donations (49% of revenues), $3.7m in government funding (19%), and $379k in donated goods (2%). WCC also receives some of the donations collected by War Child USA, which collects less than $200k each year. Transactions between related parties are not disclosed in WCC’s financial statements.

Administrative costs are 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are 15% of Canadian donations. This results in total overhead spending of 19%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 81 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

WCC has $4.7m in total funding reserves. The charity can cover around 28% or between three and four months of annual program costs with its existing reserves.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to War Child Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 28, 2021 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.5%4.0%3.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 14.5%25.3%15.4%
Total overhead spending 19.0%29.2%19.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 28.4%7.2%9.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,5972,9785,082
International donations 9,71510,3806,195
Goods in kind 379423189
Government funding 3,7114,0683,845
Special events 265235681
Other income 539421
Total revenues 19,72118,17916,014
Program costs - International 16,01515,89415,959
Program costs - Canada 5159991,059
Donated goods exp 379423189
Administrative costs 881726578
Fundraising costs 849811889
Total spending 18,64018,85418,674
Cash flow from operations 1,082(675)(2,660)
Capital spending (29)6121
Funding reserves 4,7021,2081,616

Note: WCC receives a significant amount of deferred contributions each year, amounting to $2.1m in F2020, $279k in F2019, and ($1.2m) in F2018. However, its financial statements do not disclose the source of this deferred funding and Ci was unable to separate deferred donations from government grants. Ci reported international donations and government funding from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA, removing the amounts from Canadian donations. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 313

Avg. compensation: $20,642

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 F2020

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Charity Contact

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