Islamic Relief Canada

3501 Mainway
Burlington, ON L7M 1A9
CEO: Zaid Al-Rawni
Board Chair: Dr. Hanny El-Banna

Charitable Reg. #:82189 6875 RR0001


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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) 88 cents are available for programs.

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About Islamic Relief Canada:

Founded in 2006, Islamic Relief Canada (IRC) is the Canadian affiliate of Islamic Relief Worldwide. Islamic Relief Worldwide comprises a network of national offices and field partners across 50 countries. As per its mission, IRC works with communities to strengthen their resilience to disasters and escape poverty. The charity states that its activities are guided by Islamic values of compassion and social justice.

Islamic Relief Canada runs five main international programs: Covid-19 Response, Emergency Response, Development Projects, Orphan Sponsorship, and Seasonal Projects. It also runs Our Help at Home, a social services program in Canada. IRC does not provide a program spending breakdown for F2020.

International Programs: In F2020, Islamic Relief Canada helped more than 1.5 million people across 40 countries. During the year, it founded a new program to provide emergency relief and personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the covid-19 pandemic. In F2020, its covid-19 programs helped a total of 174,068 people across Afghanistan, Palestine, Pakistan, Syria, and Tunisia. IRC currently has seven active emergencies and disaster appeals. These include emergency responses in Gaza, India, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. The charity also runs development projects that focus on six core areas of food, health, shelter, education, livelihood, and water. IRC’s sponsorship programs specifically target children orphaned by wars, disasters, droughts, or disease outbreaks. Islamic Relief Canada encourages donors to sponsor orphans and fund their access to clean water, healthcare, and education. In F2020, IRC helped to sponsor 16,962 children across 26 countries and regions.

Canadian Programs: IRC’s Our Help at Home projects aim to respond to domestic emergencies, support at-risk youth, and reduce poverty in Canada. In F2020, the charity funded responses to three Canadian emergencies: covid-19 in low-income communities, flooding in Fort McMurray, and winter homelessness. In total, its emergency programs helped 67,100 people during the year. It also reached 12,731 people through food packages and meal programs, 3,267 people through youth programs, and 40 people through Indigenous programs.

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Results and Impact

Islamic Relief Canada currently responds to various disaster appeals. In Bangladesh, IRC provided aid to 6,560 victims of Cyclone Bulbul, 5,100 victims of Cyclone Amphan, 8,980 victims of monsoon floods, and 22,425 Rohingya Muslim refugees and host families in F2020. In Lebanon, it provided emergency food supplies to 9,225 people following the Beirut explosions.

Through its Canadian youth programs, IRC helped 19 students of colour graduate from high school and gain acceptance to university in F2020. To help schools reopen during the pandemic, IRC provided PPE supplies for 800 students.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Islamic Relief Canada's results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Islamic Relief Canada an Average impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Fair

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Islamic Relief Canada is a Major 100 charity, one of Canada’s largest charities, with Canadian donations of $55.9m in F2020. It also received $4.7m in donated goods, $1.5m in government funding, and $560k in international cash donations. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 8% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 12%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 88 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Islamic Relief Canada has $16.7m in funding reserves, of which $945k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, IRC can cover 34% or around four months of annual program costs with its existing reserves.

Capital expenditures spiked at $1.3m in F2020 due to the purchase of new buildings and building improvements.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Islamic Relief Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 30, 2021 by Eric Zhao.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.7%2.8%2.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.2%14.4%13.0%
Total overhead spending 11.9%17.2%15.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 33.5%36.8%53.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 55,92138,71734,287
International donations 5605231,355
Goods in kind 4,70324,99423,146
Government funding 1,5451,0004,008
Investment income 101175(66)
Other income 205209195
Total revenues 63,03465,61762,925
Program costs - International 43,49731,95424,880
Program costs - Canada 1,3261,7371,076
Grants 2,204973639
Donated goods exp 4,70324,99423,146
Administrative costs 2,3341,8321,524
Fundraising costs 4,6045,5914,448
Total spending 58,66767,08055,712
Cash flow from operations 4,367(1,463)7,213
Capital spending 1,288128187
Funding reserves 16,69113,64215,166

Note: Ci classified donated investments as donations rather than donated goods in kind. Ci classified unrealized investment gains (losses) as investment income rather than other revenue. Ci reported international donations (less donated goods) from IRC’s T3010 filings with the CRA, and removed the amounts from Canadian donations. IRC’s audited financial statements no longer disclose Canadian program spending. Ci used T3010 filings to separate Canadian program costs from international program costs. Ci removed donated goods and grants to qualified donees included in program costs to report them separately. To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted international program costs by changes in amounts payable to Islamic Relief Worldwide. This affected expenses by ($836k) in F2020, ($991k) in F2019, and ($370k) in F2018. Ci removed amortization on a pro-rata basis from administrative and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 53

Avg. compensation: $50,466

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 F2020

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