20 Robert St W
Newcastle, ON L1B 1C6
Executive Director: Stephen Matthews
Board Chair: Paul Llewellyn

Charitable Reg. #:13205 6813 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) 93 cents are available for programs.

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About ADRA Canada:

ADRA Canada is a two-star charity with low demonstrated impact. It has a C+ Results Reporting grade, which is below average. For every dollar donated to the charity, 93 cents are available to go to the cause, which is within Ci's reasonable range.

Founded in 1985, Adventist Development and Relief Agency Canada (ADRA Canada) was created by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to help people, both globally and domestically, get out of poverty. ADRA Canada is part of the global ADRA network, which works in 120 countries to break the long-term cycle of extreme poverty. The charity provides interventions that bring water, sanitation, health, food and nutrition, education, and income assistance to those in need.

ADRA Canada runs two main international programs: Humanitarian and Emergency Assistance, and Development. It also runs one minor Canadian program. In F2023, ADRA International helped 20,385,297 people in 120 countries. The charity spent $37.2m on its programs in F2023. 

ADRA Canada spent $23.0m (62% of program spending) on Humanitarian and Emergency Assistance. ADRA provides aid such as sanitation, food assistance, health, protection, shelter, and education to countries affected by disasters and conflicts. In F2023, ADRA Canada helped 850,590 people across 42 projects. ADRA’s biggest areas of spending were in Ukraine and Yemen. In Ukraine, ADRA ran three projects that reached 67,539 people: focusing on food assistance, protection, and shelter. In Yemen, ADRA ran three projects that reached 509,407 people: focusing on food assistance, health, and nutrition.  

ADRA Canada spent $13.0m (35% of program spending) on Development. ADRA helps individuals and communities with financial stability, food security, health, climate resilience, and education. In F2023, ADRA Canada helped 252,773 people across 12 projects.

ADRA Canada spent $1.2m (3% of program spending) on Canadian Programs. ADRA Canada provides emergency relief to disasters in Canada, such as wildfires and floods, and helps communities with: food security, employment, homelessness, and environmental initiatives. In F2023, ADRA Canada helped 34,765 people across 58 projects. The charity spent the majority of its funds in British Columbia, where it served 4,501 people across ten projects, and Ontario, where it served 2,120 people across seven projects.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence found that ADRA Canada reported many stories but little data / few results on its work. This may not be a complete representation of Adventist Development and Relief Agency Canada's results.

Charity Intelligence has given ADRA Canada a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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In F2023, ADRA Canada received $19.3m in donations. The charity also received $19.9m in government funding, which is 49% of revenue. ADRA Canada spent $37.2m on its domestic and international programs, which is 91% of revenue. The charity recorded a surplus of $1.9m (5% of revenue).

Administrative costs are 2% of revenue (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 5% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, 93 cents are available to go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range.

ADRA Canada has $12.4m in reserve funds (cash and investments). Its reserves can cover 33%, or four months of its annual program costs.

ADRA Canada is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada because of shared board membership. In F2023, ADRA Canada received $2.0m in donations from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada. Ci recorded this amount as other revenue.

­­This charity report is an update that was sent to ADRA Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated June 4, 2024 by Liam Chapleau

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.0%2.8%4.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.2%5.7%8.1%
Total overhead spending 7.2%8.5%12.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 33.2%51.4%48.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 19,25512,8918,730
Government funding 19,91011,8429,369
Investment income (316)169341
Other income 2,0491,9171,496
Total revenues 40,89826,81819,937
Program costs - International 35,98421,08015,983
Program costs - Canada 1,2121,878863
Administrative costs 826736776
Fundraising costs 995739706
Total spending 39,01624,43318,328
Cash flow from operations 1,8822,3861,609
Capital spending 655542
Funding reserves 12,36011,8008,241

Note: 1.DEFERRED DONATIONS: Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenue by ($1.2m) in F2023, $239k in F2022, and ($591k) in F2021. 2.DEFERRED GOVERNMENT FUNDING: Ci adjusted for deferred government funding, affecting revenue by $2.8m in F2023, $2.3m in F2022, and $860k in F2021. 3.AMOUNT RECEIVABLE FROM RELATED PARTY: Ci adjusted for the amount receivable year-over-year from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada, affecting revenue by($143k) in F2023, ($449) in F2022, and ($12k) in F2021. 4.RELATED PARTY RECORDED AS OTHER REVENUE: Ci removed the amount received from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada from donations and put it in other revenue, affecting donations by ($2.0m) in F2023, ($1.9m) in F2022, and ($1.5m) in F2021. 5.AMORTIZATION: Ci removed amortization from administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis in the amount of $57k in F2023, $54k in F2022, and $54k in F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 31

Avg. compensation: $72,248

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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Charity Contact

Website: www.adra.ca
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