Toronto, ON M3J 3C1
Executive Director: Debra Lawson
Board Chair: Charles Dougall
Charitable Reg. #: 13386 5477 RR0001
Grade: A-The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Full-time staff #30
Avg. Compensation $52,413
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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|$80k - $120k||3|
|$40k - $80k||6|
About Second Harvest:
Founded in 1985, Second Harvest (SH) provides fresh food to poor people and rescues food from wastage in Toronto. It purchases, collects and distributes food to over 220 local charities that feed hungry people throughout Toronto. SH also sends food to school programs and 110 local food banks. The charity reports that 1 in every 8 Canadian families struggles to put food on the table. 32% of the food bank’s clients are children and 25% are immigrants.
In F2015, Second Harvest gave out 8.2 million pounds of food, 16% more than in F2014. SH supplied 81 after-school and summer programs and 154 meal and snack programs for children. Through its Harvest Kitchen program SH trained 115 people in preparing 383,000 meals. Since 1985, Second Harvest has rescued more than 100 million pounds of food from wastage. It claims that by rescuing food SH has saved 100 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere in the past 30 years.
Second Harvest states that $1 donated provides 2 meals. No data is given for this multiplier.
Charity Intelligence has researched and reviewed Second Harvest since 2009. Charity Intelligence's analysis finds Second Harvest a high impact charity. Second Harvest was included in Ci's 2015 Canadian Charity Impact Fund, one of 10 high-impact charities providing social services.
Second Harvest is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities, which received monetary donations and special event fundraising revenue of $3.4m in F2015 along with donated food worth $20.6m in F2015. Administrative costs are 3% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 32% of donations and special event revenue. Total overhead costs come to 34%, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. SH has total funding reserves of $1.0m. Excluding the cost of donated food, SH’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 on August 16th, 2016 by Mirza Ali Shakir.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending August
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||2.8%||3.0%||2.8%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||31.5%||32.6%||32.4%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||61.9%||51.3%||60.1%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Goods in kind||20,613||17,738||18,500|
|Cash flow from operations||(14)||(82)||97|