1085 Winnipeg Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0S2
CEO: Keren Taylor-Hughes
Board Chair: Desiree Paulsen

Charitable Reg. #:13179 2616 RR0001


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

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Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 93 cents are available for programs.

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About Winnipeg Harvest:

Founded in 1984, Winnipeg Harvest collects and distributes food to local charities that feed poor people in Manitoba. The charity reports that Manitoba has the second highest rate of child food bank usage in Canada. In F2018, Winnipeg Harvest reports that over 64,000 Manitobans receive food from food banks each month, of which 41% are children. Winnipeg Harvest also runs training programs, a tax return program, and education and youth programs.

The charity’s most recent annual report is from F2019. In F2019, Winnipeg Harvest received 10.5 million pounds of food, down from the 11.4 million pounds of food it distributed in F2018. In F2019, Winnipeg Harvest reports that it served 28,712 adults/month and 20,877 children/month.

Winnipeg Harvest provides training opportunities for its volunteers and clients to help them gain employment skills to enter the job market. Winnipeg Harvest offers customer service, kitchen, and warehouse training programs.  In F2019, 81% of clients (50 out of 62) clients graduated these training programs. 

Winnipeg Harvest provides a tax return program. In F2019, 22 law students from the University of Manitoba and retired CPA, Stephen Perlmutter, volunteered their time to help 146 food bank clients complete their tax returns. This initiative put $556,000 into the hands of Winnipeg Harvest food bank clients.

The food bank runs numerous student and youth programs, including Kids Who Care, Poverty Pledge, Empty Bowls in Schools Project, Partnership for Change, Family Night, and Tools for School.

Winnipeg Harvest has set a target of reducing the use of food banks by half by 2020, with the eventual goal of closing completely.

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Results and Impact

Winnipeg Harvest reports that for each dollar it raises, the charity is able to distribute $20 worth of donated food. No data is provided to explain how this was calculated.

Charity Intelligence has given Winnipeg Harvest a Fair impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Fair

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Winnipeg Harvest is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities with monetary donations and special event fundraising revenue of $2.8m, along with donated food worth $29.1m in F2018. The cost of donated food is unaudited and calculated using the reported amount of food received in the charity’s annual reports. Administrative costs are 1% of total revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 6% of cash donations. For every dollar donated, 93 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity has total funding reserves of $1.8m in F2018. Excluding the cost of donated food, Winnipeg Harvest can cover 7.4 months of annual program costs.

This report is an update that has been sent to Winnipeg Harvest for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.


Updated on August 7, 2019 by Parker Thomlinson.

March 16 2020: Charity Intelligence updated Winnipeg Harvest's salary and compensation information from its 2018 T3010 filing. This information was missing in the August 2019 report.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.2%0.5%0.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.2%6.2%10.5%
Total overhead spending 7.4%6.7%10.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 62.7%53.5%52.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,0052,1521,704
Goods in kind 30,23630,90334,078
Fees for service 42590
Special events 7909621,355
Investment income 1214(9)
Other income 971200
Total revenues 33,14434,41037,129
Program costs 2,9393,3603,517
Donated goods exp 29,65030,41433,000
Administrative costs 384175105
Fundraising costs 172194322
Total spending 33,14534,14336,945
Cash flow from operations (1)268184
Capital spending 73077
Funding reserves 1,8431,7991,860

Note: Ci estimated the value of food received and distributed by multiplying the pounds of food received by the charity, as reported in its annual report, by $2.50 per pound for F2016 and F2017, and by $2.60 for F2018 . Ci included donated food in donated goods in kind and donor goods used in programs, increasing total revenue and expenses by $29.7m in F2018, $30.4m in F2017 and $33.0m in F2016. Ci removed amortization of capital contributions, decreasing total revenues by $281k in F2018, $282k in F2017 and $281k in F2016. Ci included capital asset contributions received in donations, increasing total revenue by $13k in F2018, $72k in F2017, and $43k in F2016. Ci used the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA to report its administrative and fundraising costs. Ci removed amortization from expenses on a pro-rated basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 37

Avg. Compensation: $43,886

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 F2018

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Website: www.winnipegharvest.org
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