Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

85 Israel Asper Way
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0L5
CEO: Mena Gainpaulsingh
Board Chair: Dave Angus

Charitable Reg. #:85511 4732 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 65 cents are available for programs.

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About Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights:

Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a 2-star charity. It is not financially transparent and has a below-average results reporting grade and overhead costs just within Ci’s reasonable range. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence's report.

Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (FCMHR) engages and develops relationships with donors, funders, and supporters to raise funds for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). CMHR is a museum that works to engage people in discussion and act against hate and oppression. The museum stated that the world has been shaped by struggles over injustice and equality, tension between rights and responsibilities, and the pursuit of hope and freedom. CMHR is located in Winnipeg and opened its doors on September 20, 2014. Through its work, FCMHR hopes to help the museum strengthen its programs and activities.

In 2023, CMHR presents six exhibitions, including two on the theme of protection of human rights and one on the theme of women’s rights. These exhibits are based on Confederation and human rights stories in Canada. Through these exhibits, the museum’s goal is to give a voice to people who were left out of the confederation debates, such as Indigenous people and women. In F2022, the museum also displayed more than 100 art pieces created by youth to express their view of human rights.

CMHR offers school programs and online exhibitions and hosts events. Currently, it has seven virtual, eight on-site and two self-guided school programs. In F2022, the museum launched The Witness Blanket, a powerful work of art made from items reclaimed from residential schools to reveal the ongoing process of colonization and genocide. Since its launch, the exhibition’s website has received more than 200,000 visitors.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence could not find any quantified outcomes on the websites of Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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In F2022, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights received $2.7m in donations and special events revenue. Its administrative and fundraising costs are 35% of revenues. For every dollar donated, 65 cents go to the cause, which is just within Ci’s reasonable range.

In F2022, the charity had $2.5m in gross funding reserves. This amount includes $149k held in an endowment fund at The Winnipeg Foundation. During the year, FCMHR transferred $7k to this fund ($20k in F2021 and $70k in F2020). Ci did not report these amounts in expenses. The charity has interest-bearing lines of credit to help fund the Museum. The amounts used were $2.1m in F2022, $3.1m in F2021, $4.0m in F2020. The charity also has donor-endowed funds of $4k in F2022, $10k in F2021, and $30k in F2020. After removing interest-bearing debt and donor endowed funds, net reserve funds can cover program costs at the F2022 level for 8 months. In F2021 and F2020, program cost coverage was negative because debts were larger than reserve funds.

As of F2022, FCMHR expects to receive $5.1m in pledges over the next seven years.

This charity report has been sent to Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 29, 2023 by Emily Downing.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 34.6%39.5%43.8%
Total overhead spending 34.6%39.4%43.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 70.8%(465.4%)(803.7%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,879,6081,385,4352,180,636
International donations 6,1735,4030
Government funding 70,99781,2550
Special events 794,677597,159571,918
Investment income 22,13629,55338,046
Total revenues 2,773,5912,098,8052,790,600
Grants 632,397140,000222,000
Donated goods exp 18,56030,000141,690
Fundraising & administrative costs 952,040816,2951,204,316
Other costs 48,17364,886134,913
Total spending 1,651,1701,051,1811,702,919
Cash flow from operations 1,122,4211,047,6241,087,681
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 451,098(638,740)(1,741,776)

Note: Ci adjusted for pledges receivable, affecting revenues by $205k in F2022, ($2.9m) in F2021, and $942k in F2020. Ci reported international donations from Note 6 of the audited financial statements and backed the amount out of Canadian donations. Ci reported government funding from Note 10 of the audited financial statements and backed the amount out of investment income. Ci included gifts to the museum, increasing expenses by $651k in F2022, $170k in F2021, and $364k in F2020. Ci shows FCMHR's loan interest expenses as other costs. Ci reported allowance for doubtful pledges in Canadian donations, affecting total revenue by ($227) in F2022, $0 in F2021, and ($11k) in F2020. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 5

Avg. compensation: $106,301

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
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$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2022

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