Winnipeg Harvest

1085 Winnipeg Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0S2
Executive Director: David Northcott
President: Gordon Pollard

Charitable Reg. #: 13179 2616 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Food Bank (Distributor)
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: B+

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements available only upon request [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Good

Full-time staff #33

Avg. Compensation $44,455

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 9
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Winnipeg Harvest:

Founded in 1984, Winnipeg Harvest (WH) collects and distributes food to local charities that feed poor people in Manitoba. WH reports that child poverty rates have risen from 23% in 1989 to 29% today; 42% of WH’s clients are children. Based on the national survey of food banks, the HungerCount, 63,000 people used food banks in Manitoba in 2015. The number of users has risen by 1.3% from 2014. Winnipeg Harvest also runs school programs to support children and raises awareness of poverty and advocates for poverty reduction programs. 

In F2015, Winnipeg Harvest purchased, collected and distributed 13.7 million pounds of food to over 380 local charities. WH funded 196 local food banks, 45 daycare programs and 20 soup kitchens. It gave money to 387 kitchen training programs, 200 administrative training workshops and 90 warehouse training events. The charity also runs programs like Empty Bowls in Schools, a school drive to save food, and Bag It Forward, a recycling campaign.

Thanks to Winnipeg Harvest’s advocacy efforts, Manitoba has introduced a few poverty reduction laws. In 2011, the Poverty Strategy Reduction Act became law. In 2015, Manitoba’s government increased funding for poverty programs. WH reports that every $1 received can deliver $20 worth of groceries. No data is given for the multiplier.

Financial Review:

Winnipeg Harvest is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities with monetary donations of $3.1m in F2015 along with donated food worth $34.5m in F2015. The cost of donated food is unaudited. Administrative costs are 0.4% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 7% of total donations. Total overhead costs come to 7%, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. WH has total funding reserves of $1.5m. Excluding the cost of donated food, WH’s funding reserves cover program costs for 7 months.

This report is an update and is currently being reviewed by the charity. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 18th, 2016 by Mirza Ali Shakir.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 0.4%0.4%0.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.5%5.1%6.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 61.4%53.3%38.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,1303,2603,088
Goods in kind 34,50132,12428,345
Investment income 317(1)
Total revenues 37,63535,40131,432
Program costs 2,5082,2262,285
Grants 34,25032,00028,000
Administrative costs 156141141
Fundraising costs 204166192
Other costs 345
Cash flow from operations 514864810
Funding reserves 1,5391,186885
Note: Ci removed amortization from program costs.  Ci has estimated the cost of food by multiplying the pounds of food distributed by $2.50 per pound based on the 2012 National Food Cost Survey prepared by Food Banks Canada. The breakdown of program, fundraising and administrative costs is based on the charity's T3010 CRA filing.

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