War Child Canada

489 College Street, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M6G 1A5
Executive Director: Samantha Nutt
Board Chair: Nils Engelstad

Website: www.warchild.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 87237 4426 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

Grade: B+

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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #230

Avg. Compensation $18,368

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 8
$40k - $80k 1
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About War Child Canada:

Founded in 1999 by Dr. Samantha Nutt and Dr. Eric Hoskins, War Child Canada (WCC) rebuilds war-affected communities by supporting children. WCC currently works in 7 war-affected countries, Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Congo, Jordan, Sierra Leone and Uganda. Its goals are to educate and create opportunities for children and fight for children’s rights. WCC reports that one billion children live in areas in or emerging from war, and more than 18 million children have fled their homes. The charity estimates than 150 million people could be saved from hunger if female farmers had access to the same resources as male farmers.

In F2016, War Child Canada spent $12.4m on its programs. It spent $5.1m in Afghanistan, $2.8m in South Sudan, $2.1m in Uganda, $1.0m in Sudan, $350k in Congo, and $322k in the Middle East. WCC spent $688k on planning its international operations in Canada. WCC helped 510,000 people overall in F2016: 225,000 through its Justice programs, 220,000 through its Education programs, and 65,000 through its Opportunity programs. This results in a cost of $27.50 per person helped.

Some examples of War Child Canada’s programming outputs in F2016 are that the Justice program resulted in 711 cases being taken to court by the War Child legal team, and 616 cases being settled through alternative dispute resolution. WCC’s Education program trained 1,400 legal professionals, of which 87% reported having an increased understanding of their role as legal duty bearers. Finally, WCC’s Opportunity enabled 650 women to complete vocational training.

In F2015 in Afghanistan, the charity established 10 more safe spaces for 1,000 children and distributed 2,000 school kits. With 45 safe spaces in Afghanistan, WCC helps 3,900 children. In South Sudan, it gave out 500 textbooks in five subjects to 16 teachers and 350 students.

Financial Review:

War Child Canada is a big-cap charity with donations and special events revenues of $13.3m in F2016. Its administrative costs are 2% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 5% of donations. For every dollar donated, 93 cents go towards WCC’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $2.1m in funding reserves, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 16%. This means that the charity can cover just under 2 months of its annual program costs using its existing reserves, indicating a need for funding.

War Child Canada significantly increased its full-time staff in F2015, going from 83 full-time staff in F2014 to 230 in F2015.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by War Child Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 20, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.2%2.4%4.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.2%6.3%5.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 16.0%25.8%33.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 13,07310,5456,260
Goods in kind 634526845
Special events 201340403
Other income 389822
Total revenues 13,94611,5097,529
Program costs - International 11,7159,1644,975
Program costs - Canada 688793967
Grants 634526845
Administrative costs 300278323
Fundraising costs 686687384
Cash flow from operations (78)6036
Funding reserves 2,0872,7022,268
Note: The charity’s employee compensation data is based of its 2015 T3010 filings. The 2016 T3010 was not available online as of July 20th, 2017.

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