Samaritan's Purse Canada

20 Hopewell Way NE
Calgary, AB T3J 5H5
President: Franklin Graham
Board Member: Dennis Glubish

Charitable Reg. #: 11913 8527 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
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 for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #79

Avg. Compensation $79,763

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 2
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 7
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Samaritan's Purse Canada:

Established in 1973, The Samaritan's Purse Canada (SPC) is the Canadian arm of a Christian evangelical charity led by Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham. Its purpose is to spread the word of the Gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world, to serve the church of Jesus Christ in its total ministry, and to exemplify Christianity by acts and deeds. SPC does this by meeting the physical needs of victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, and disease. Other Samaritan's Purse affiliates are in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

SPC's largest project is Operation Christmas Child. This accounts for 51% of revenues ($32.2m in 2014). At Christmas, SPC collects shoe boxes filled with presents for children, including supplies and toys (in 2014, candy is no longer included). In 2014, SPC distributed 700,474 boxes in Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Chile, Uruguay, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, and Ukraine. Children receiving these shoeboxes are invited to participate in The Greatest Journey, a Bible study course operated by local churches and ministry partners supported by SPC. Since 2009, in 105 countries, 3.2m children have graduated from The Greatest Journey accepting Jesus as their saviour.

SPC has active ministries in 45 countries. SPC runs the World Medical Mission that saw in 2014, 38 Canadian medical volunteers work in 18 hospitals in 16 countries. For displaced Iraqis in Kurdistan, SPC mobilized a massive relief effort to those fleeing from ISIS by airlifting in 80 tons of winter relief items, 60,000 shoebox gifts and 32,000 Bibles. In 2014, SPC provided front-line treatment to Ebola patients in Liberia. SPC provided shelter kits to nearly 30,000 households in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, 50,000 families after Cyclone Pam, and water purification tablets in Nepal. Over 5,000 SPC volunteers helped 800 families in southern Alberta recover from the flood in addition to flood clean-up efforts in Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. In 2015, 10 Canadian military couples will receive marriage counselling from military chaplains through SPC's Operation Heal Our Patriots in Alaska. For Syrian refugees, SPC is providing snacks to those arriving on remote Greek islands.

Financial Review:

Samaritan's Purse Canada is one of Canada's Major 100 charities with monetary donations of $31.9m in F2015 along with donated gifts of $31.7m. Administrative costs are 6% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 6% of total donations. Total overhead costs are 11%, falling within Ci's reasonable range. SPC has total funding reserves of $23.4m that can cover program costs for 5 months. 

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

Updated on July 18th, 2016 by Mirza Ali Shakir.


Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.9%6.1%6.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.5%6.2%6.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 38.7%38.5%43.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 31,89427,87730,125
Goods in kind 31,72429,60929,449
Government funding 4,0985,069392
Investment income 439385323
Total revenues 68,15462,94160,289
Program costs 60,33256,92850,072
Administrative costs 3,9653,8083,587
Fundraising costs 1,7581,7331,962
Cash flow from operations 2,0994724,668
Funding reserves 23,37021,93821,836
Note: Ci excluded gain on sale of capital assets from its revenue calculations, decreasing revenues by $4k in F2015, $1k in F2014 and nil in F2013.

Comments added by the Charity:

Many of the children who receive Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes have never received a gift during their entire lives. Samaritan’s Purse encourages supporters to pack their shoeboxes with a combination of –

1)     School supplies (pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, solar calculators, rulers, scissors, markers, etc.)

2)     Hygiene items (soap bars, toothbrushes, combs/brushes, hair accessories, tweezers, wash cloths, towels, bandages, etc.)

3)     Toys (balls, Lego, harmonicas, jigsaw puzzles, cars/trucks, soccer/basketballs & pumps, tool kits, coloring books, craft items, etc.)

Go here to view a list of The Top 100 Shoebox Items.

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