35 Coronet Road
Etobicoke, ON M8Z 2L8
Acting Executive Director: Rahul Singh
Board Member: Gord Martineau

Charitable Reg. #:88258 8619 RR0001


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

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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) 99 cents are available for programs.

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About GlobalMedic:

The David McAntony Gibson Foundation (GlobalMedic) was founded in 1998. It is commonly known as GlobalMedic. It became a registered charity in 2002. GlobalMedic is a disaster response charity. It sends Canadian volunteers to crises around the world. The volunteers help by giving clean water, food, medicine, and shelter to vulnerable people. The charity aims to provide the most short-term aid possible at a low cost. Its goal is to provide the right aid to the right people at the right time. Its primary response focus is providing access to clean drinking water, but it also provides dried meals and short-term shelter.

Complex emergencies are 55% of program spending. Complex emergencies are famines, civil wars and refugee crises. In F2019, GlobalMedic sent aid to seven countries: Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Ecuador, and Yemen. Its aid to the Syrian civil war was the largest response of the year. Through consulting with Syrian refugees in Toronto, GlobalMedic designed a meal for a total cost of food and delivery of 33 cents. It distributed emergency meals through the border by trucks into Syrian refugee camps. GlobalMedic distributed 492,552 meals into Syria, 58% of all emergency meals distributed in F2019. With Yemen’s cholera outbreak, GlobalMedic provided 2,880 water filtration buckets. With the famine in Somalia, GlobalMedic gave out 2.2m Plumpy’Doz sachets (a nutty meal of 270 calories, twice the calories of a granola bar) and 3,345 water filtration buckets.

Disaster responses are 39% of program spending, including earthquakes, tsunamis, and other disasters. In F2019, GlobalMedic responded to disasters in 12 countries: Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Canada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, and Zimbabwe. The largest response was in Indonesia. It provided 15 community water units, 38% of all units provided in F2019, and 4,200 water filtration buckets (learn more with Charity Intelligence's report on the Indonesian tsunami disaster). With the Kerala Flooding in India, GlobalMedic also provided 15 community water units, along with 3,050 water filtration buckets.

Special operations work is 6% of program spending. This is mainly RescUAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), a program using drones for mapping and surveying. In 2019 GlobalMedic trained pilots in remote drone control, certifying 12 pilots. RescUAV is funded by Google’s $250,000 grant.

In F2019 GlobalMedic deployed for 3 Canadian responses. It helped with the spring floods in Quebec, Eastern Ontario and New Brunswick, providing 1,079 clean-up buckets, gloves, and sponges. It also gave 296 hygiene kits to residents who lost their homes in a Yellowknife apartment fire, and 171 boxes of over-the-counter medicine distributed to refugee clinics and shelters. GlobalMedic sent basic hygiene products to Arctic communities, provided by Procter & Gamble. GlobalMedic donated $550 in breakfast foods to Toronto Children’s Breakfast Club. 

Family kits include two stacked buckets with ceramic filters. This filters 99% of water-borne bacteria, providing safe drinking water.  In 2019 GlobalMedic overhauled its filter design and now uses one horizontal ceramic filter. This change increases the unit’s output by 91% at 50% of the cost. Family kits may also include hygiene products and solar lights.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given GlobalMedic a Fair impact rating for demonstrated impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: Fair

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GlobalMedic is a medium-sized charity with donations and fundraising revenue of $2.6m in F2019. Donations increased by 22% compared to the previous year. GlobalMedic states that 100% of donations from individuals go directly to its programs. Corporate support or foundation grants may be assessed a management fee.

GlobalMedic’s financial statements report low administrative costs of $31,223 and low fundraising costs of $1,575. Administrative costs are 1% of revenues (excluding investment income). Fundraising costs are 0.1% of donations. Overhead costs are 1%. For every dollar donated, 99 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range. Donors should be aware that extremely low overhead costs can be a risk to the charity's operational abilities.

In F2019, GlobalMedic also paid $62,364 in F2019 to the charity’s director of finance. She is the executive director’s wife.

GlobalMedic has funding reserves of $4.6m which can cover 2.2 years of program costs.  

This charity report is an update that was sent for review to GlobalMedic. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 22, 2020 by Eric Jose.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending May
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.2%1.1%0.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.1%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 1.2%1.1%0.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 222.5%410.7%169.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,592,6172,033,3491,758,511
Goods in kind 16,0913,91817,681
Government funding 12,43200
Special events 0039,920
Investment income 117,79638,61114,670
Other income 59,469(52,829)49,442
Total revenues 2,798,4052,023,0491,880,224
Program costs 2,068,457991,0891,831,102
Administrative costs 31,22321,7232,512
Fundraising costs 1,575300190
Total spending 2,101,2551,013,1121,833,804
Cash flow from operations 697,1501,009,93746,420
Capital spending 61,74860,3223,977
Funding reserves 4,602,2224,070,7633,102,871

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted Global Medic's deferred income in donations, affecting total revenues by $330k in F2019, $195k in F2018, and ($631k) in F2017. This includes changes in deferred revenues as reported in Global Medic’s audited financials.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 4

Avg. Compensation: $31,925

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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To contact Global Medic: 416.916.0522

Tel: 1-416-916-0522