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) 92 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 receives a significant amount of funding from both international sources and government grants each year, which it fails to disclose in its audited financial statements. Ci instead reports international donations and government funding from the charity’s annual filings with the Charities Directorate. However, WCC’s F2020 filing was not available at the time of this report. As such, Ci was unable to separate these funding sources from Canadian donations, and fundraising ratios are likely understated for F2020.

War Child Canada received donations and special events revenues of $20.9m in F2020. It received $379k in donated goods and $546k in wage subsidies from the federal government, likely in addition to other government funding only reported on the charity’s annual filing. 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 as a percentage of all Canadian, international, and government contributions are 4%. In F2019, the most recent year that War Child Canada’s annual filing was available, administrative costs were 4% of revenues and fundraising costs were 25% of Canadian donations and special events revenue. This resulted in 29% overhead spending. For every dollar donated to the charity, 71 cents went to the cause. This was 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 4.0%4.0%3.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.1%25.3%15.4%
Total overhead spending 8.1%29.2%19.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 28.4%7.2%9.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 20,5892,9785,082
International donations 010,3806,195
Goods in kind 379423189
Government funding 5464,0683,845
Special events 265235681
Other income 539421
Total revenues 21,83318,17916,014
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 3,193(675)(2,660)
Capital spending (29)6121
Funding reserves 4,7021,2081,616

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted donations by changes in deferred contributions. This affected donations and total revenues by $2.1m in F2020, $279k in F2019, and ($1.2m) in F2018. According to its financial notes, WCC restated its F2018 deferred contributions in F2019, increasing the amount by $2.5m to correct for an error that previously recognized the contributions as revenue. Ci used the restated figures for deferred contributions. Ci reported international donations and government funding from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA, and removed the amounts from Canadian donations. WCC’s F2020 filing was not available at the time of this report.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 336

Avg. Compensation: $21,447

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 F2019

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