World Vision Canada

1 World Drive
Mississauga, ON L5T 2Y4
President & CEO: Michael Messenger
Board Chair: Drew Fitch

Charitable Reg. #:11930 4855 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 74 cents are available for programs.

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About World Vision Canada:

Founded in 1957, World Vision Canada (WVC) is a Christian development, relief, and advocacy charity that helps communities overcome poverty and injustice.  

World Vision Canada works primarily through child/community sponsorship. When you sponsor a child through World Vision Canada, your money is pooled with that of other sponsors to improve the child’s entire community. WVC’s sponsorship projects last 10 to 15 years in each location.  

Through monthly donations of $49, Canadian donors sponsored children in 44 countries in F2020. These sponsorships provided food, water, healthcare, and education. The charity reports 377,888 sponsored children during the year, continuing the steady decline in child sponsorship from a peak of 514,060 children in F2011. Based on international program costs (omitting disaster response), WVC spent roughly $701 per child sponsored in F2020. 

Over the past five years, WVC's largest program costs include Food and Agriculture (31%), Emergency and Disaster Relief (18%), Health and Nutrition (17%), Community Empowerment and Child Rights Advocacy (9%), Development of Strategies to Help Children (8%), and Education (7%).  

World Vision Canada reports that 690 million people or 8.9% of the global population were undernourished at the end of 2019. In F2020, WVC, in partnership with the World Food Programme, gave food assistance to 3,104,113 people including 2,017,692 children. 

In addition to general food support, in F2020, WVC treated 96,250 children for acute malnutrition. About half had severe wasting. Of the 47,146 children treated for severe wasting, 89% were cured, which is well above the international standard of care for this type of treatment (75%). WVC also helps combat malnutrition with nutrition workshops and deworming medicine, since worms make it hard for children to get nutrients from their food. In F2020, WVC shipped 26,899,000 tablets of deworming medicine. 

World Vision Canada is also a disaster response charity. In F2020, WVC was part of a global covid-19 response that reached more than 50 million people. This response distributed masks, educated people on infection prevention, trained and delivered supplies to health workers, and enhanced child protection efforts. WVC responded to 29 other major emergencies including the Beirut explosion, following which it helped 20,901 people. It supports people affected by disasters with basic necessities, including food, water, shelter, and healthcare services. 

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Results and Impact

World Vision Canada is the largest non-government partner in the Nobel Prize-winning World Food Programme. Together they distributed 108,723 metric tons of food to 3,104,113 people in F2020.  

Thanks to WVC, 111,442 people now have clean water less than 30 minutes away from where they live. 

In F2020, 24 communities graduated World Vision’s development program to become self-sufficient, an increase from 22 in F2019. Here are some results seen in graduating communities: 

In Hidhabu Abote, Ethiopia between 2004 and 2019, the proportion of households reporting year-round access to sufficient food went from 27% to 86%. The proportion of children under 5 who are underweight went from 25% to 5%. The percentage of grade 5 children who can read with comprehension went from 15% to 83%. 

In Konkossa, Mauritania between 2004 and 2018, the severe malnutrition rate went from 14% to 2%. The proportion of students who can read in Arabic with comprehension went from 8% to 84%. 

In Misamis Oriental, Philippines between 2016 and 2020, the prevalence of stunting in children under 5 went from 40% to 5%. The proportion of households that can provide basic needs to their children went from 68% to 82%. The proportion of households with income above the poverty threshold went from 14% to 35%, missing WVC’s target of 75%. 

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

Charity Intelligence has given World Vision a High impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: High

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World Vision Canada is Canada's largest donor-funded charity and tops the list of Canada’s Major 100 charities receiving cash donations of $217.5m along with donated goods-in-kind of $116.2m in F2020. WVC received government funding of $21.8m in F2020.  

WVC's administrative costs are 6% of total revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 20% of total donations. This means overhead costs are 26%. For every dollar donated, 74 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. 

WVC has total funding reserves of $54.1m which could cover its annual program costs for just over three months. 

Like most large Canadian charities partnered with international organizations, most Canadian donations are pooled with its international partner. World Vision Canada transferred $287.5m in F2020, $278.3m in F2019, and $314.7m in F2018 to World Vision International in donations and donated goods.  

International grants of $35.6m in F2019 include funding from a number of international organizations, including the UN's World Food Programme.  

World Vision Canada reports using external fundraisers in its annual filing with the Charities Directorate. In F2020, it paid $4.5m to external fundraisers who brought in $68.8m in donations (7% fundraising cost).  

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

Updated on July 29, 2021 by Asha McMullin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.0%6.0%5.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 19.7%26.6%24.8%
Total overhead spending 25.7%32.7%30.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 25.7%20.3%16.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 217,486231,882240,023
International donations 37,91735,60347,787
Goods in kind 116,222116,393127,116
Government funding 21,84929,90345,802
Investment income 645719981
Other income 1352313,711
Total revenues 394,255414,731465,420
Program costs - International 35,96233,66947,350
Program costs - Canada 2,7553,9483,373
Grants 171,484170,158199,597
Donated goods exp 116,024116,393127,116
Administrative costs 23,72625,01826,723
Fundraising costs 42,82461,74859,500
Total spending 392,774410,935463,660
Cash flow from operations 1,4803,7971,760
Capital spending 4,5412,1512,447
Funding reserves 54,06042,12142,134

Note: Ci backed out World Vision Canada’s amortization costs from Canadian program costs, international program costs, administrative costs, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis. World Vision Canada provided funding to World Vision International of $171.5m in F2020, $161.9m in F2019, and $187.8m in F2018. Ci categorizes these payments as grants, but World Vision Canada comments that this money should be categorized as "cash funding - international".

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 410

Avg. compensation: $106,334

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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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

World Vision is a global relief, development and advocacy organization, serving children and families in some of the world’s toughest places. From refugee camps to rural villages to sprawling urban slums, we care for girls and boys in more than 90 countries. Our network of global staff works to create lasting change in the lives of children, families and communities in need.

World Vision’s emergency relief work repairs lives and livelihoods. For more than 70 years, we’ve protected and cared for girls and boys who’ve survived the unthinkable in situations like natural disasters, food crises, economic turmoil or civil conflict. After a disaster, our teams continue to partner with communities, rebuilding stronger than before.

Through our work, World Vision has impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children by tackling the root causes of poverty. Our child sponsorship program actively builds healthier communities through programming, education and empowerment. With our community focused solutions, for every child helped, another four benefit. World Vision nurtures and partners with people of different faiths, genders, races and ages – raising up local leaders to help support, protect and transform their communities.

Whether on the ground or in the halls of power, World Vision’s advocacy work is central to all we do. We press governments for programs and policies to secure children’s futures, even as their own countries face threats like civil conflict, food crisis and economic disaster. In regions around world, we teach children to speak up for their God-given human rights – and families and communities to respect and uphold them.

World Vision voluntarily adheres to the highest standards of financial accountability, following best practices for transparency by providing access to our annual impact report, financial statements and donation breakdowns.

Always, World Vision seeks to deliver the greatest-possible impact. Compelled by love, we go boldly into dangerous places to help children who need it the most. In partnership with Canadian donors, we’re making lasting and sustainable change.

Visit World Vision’s website to see how it all fits together and learn how you might get involved!




In previous years, donors asked why Charity Intelligence's numbers were different from World Vision Canada's. We wrote this article on charity ratios to explain. Funnily enough, it has received over 12,000 views. While it's an old article, it may be of interest.

World Vision Canada - A Case Study on Charity Ratios, August 2017 



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