Farm Radio International

1404 Scott Street
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M8
Executive Director: Kevin Perkins
Board Chair: John van Mossel

Charitable Reg. #:11888 4808 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) 75 cents are available for programs.

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About Farm Radio International:

Farm Radio International is a 5-star rated charity with High demonstrated impact. The charity has best practices in financial transparency and has an A results reporting grade, which is above average. For every dollar donated to the charity, 75 cents are available to go to the cause, which is within Ci's reasonable range. 

Founded in 1979, Farm Radio International (FRI) is a Canadian-based international aid charity. The charity uses radio broadcasting to provide agricultural information to farmers in Africa. FRI also produces content designed to promote gender equity, health, and nutrition. The charity produces instructional resources for independent radio broadcasters in its network. The materials focus on promoting interactive radio programming.

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

FRI runs three programs. Its core program, Radio Projects, comprises the majority of FRI’s spending. FRI also runs two smaller programs, Radio Network and Radio Innovations. FRI did not provide a breakdown of spending by program.

The Radio Projects program takes a top-down approach to radio. FRI works with its 369 partners to determine the programming best suited to achieve specific development goals. FRI’s radio projects have the potential to reach 60 million people across 16 countries. In F2023, FRI organized 30 projects.

The Radio Network program takes a bottom-up approach to broadcasting. FRI provides support to local African radio stations. It produces resources such as guides, scripts, and training. FRI's partners are free to determine the programming best suited for their communities. FRI’s network consists of 1,332 members (up 111 from F2022) in 38 countries. It is distributing resources to 7,965 individual broadcasters. In F2023, FRI created 102 new radio resources.

The Radio Innovations program provides training for broadcasters, with a specific focus on women and youth. The program also encourages interactive radio, via the “Uliza Interactive” app. The app allows people to answer polls and call in to radio broadcasts. In F2023, FRI trained 778 new broadcasters, 321 of whom were women and 211 of whom were youth. FRI registered 88,976 unique callers in F2023, and 1.2 million interactions.

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Results and Impact

FRI reports that 4.8 million listeners improved their farming, health, or nutrition practices as a result of radio programming. A 2017 study showed that FRI's programs improved gender equity in farming knowledge in Ethiopia. Before hearing the programming, women scored lower on farming knowledge surveys than men. After the programming, scores had equalized.

In a survey of 335 broadcasters, 94% said that they used resources distributed by FRI. 69% used resources at least weekly.

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

Charity Intelligence has given Farm Radio a High impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

A Charity Intelligence 2022 Top 10 International Aid Impact Charity

Impact Rating: High

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FRI received $6.0m in international and Canadian donations in F2023. Canadian donations represent 60% of total donations and 42% of revenues. Most of its donations came from international development organizations and charities. FRI received $2.4m in government funding, representing 28% of total revenue. Administrative costs were 10% of FRI’s revenue in F2023, and fundraising costs were 16% of donations. FRI has a total overhead spending of 25%. For every dollar donated, 75 cents are available to go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range.

FRI has $1.0m in reserve, meaning that it can cover 1 month of its program costs. This indicates that FRI has a need for funding.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Farm Radio International for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 27, 2023 by Ben Dobozy.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.8%7.9%6.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.5%24.7%24.1%
Total overhead spending 25.3%32.5%30.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 11.3%26.1%57.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,6712,1211,974
International donations 2,3485,8766,585
Government funding 2,4432,1781,518
Other income 2108214
Total revenues 8,67310,25710,090
Program costs - International 4,1435,5913,599
Program costs - Canada 4,8143,6322,523
Administrative costs 852805663
Fundraising costs 568523476
Total spending 10,37710,5517,261
Cash flow from operations (1,703)(294)2,829
Capital spending 009
Funding reserves 1,0102,4103,517

Note: Grant allocations from the F2023, F2022, and F2021 audited financial statements were used to allocate Canadian and international donations. To report on a cash basis, Ci accounted for deferred contributions. Deferred contributions affected: international donations in the amount of $(1.2m) in F2023, ($1.7m) in F2022, and $3.0m in F2021; government funding in the amount of ($624k) in F2023, $1.1m in F2022, and ($220k) in F2021; other revenue in the amount of $192k in F2023, $35k in F2022, and ($29k) in F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 37

Avg. compensation: $68,105

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 F2023

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001