Right to Play
Toronto, ON M5C 1C4
CEO: Kevin Frey
Board Chair: Rob MacLellan
Charitable Reg. #: 88880 4218 RR0001
Grade: BThe grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Impact Rating: Fair
Full-time staff #544
Avg. Compensation $32,398
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About Right to Play :
Founded by Norwegian Olympian Johann Olav Koss, Right to Play (RTP) is an international charity that incorporates play to educate and empower youth. Using sports and games, RTP teaches children life skills that the charity claims will help them overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease. RTP reached over 1 million children over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America, and 47% of the children and youth in its programs are girls. The charity serves refugee and migrant children, indigenous children, and children affected by poverty, disease, natural disasters, conflict, and violence.
Education, health, and instilling peace are RTP’s main programs. In 2016, Right to Play spent $37.0m on its international programs and $6.2m on programs in Canada. RTP works in 52 refugee camps in Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, Thailand, and Uganda. RTP worked with 31,900 teachers and coaches, 73% of which were female, which led 1,200 play-based learning and teaching games in 2016.
Right to Play worked in 2,630 schools in 2016 and reports that in Tanzania, 95% of its teachers – compared with 21% of non-Right to Play teachers – use child-focused lessons to create supportive learning environments.
Through regular, health-focused play activities, RTP teaches children skills and ways to be healthy. Topics include HIV and AIDS, malaria, sexual and reproductive health, and hygiene. In 2016, RTP trained 1,400 teachers – 1,000 of whom were men – in 375 schools to use play-based approaches to promote menstrual hygiene management and eliminate stigma, reaching 117,000 children. Globally, RTP supported 565 youth clubs over 18 countries where teachers and coaches taught club members about various diseases and children’s rights.
Right to Play believes that children can learn through play how to live peacefully by learning to accept, respect, and settle disagreements with each other. In its 2016 annual report, RTP states that in partnership with IKEA Foundation, it renovated and built 23 play spaces in the Dollo Ado refugee camp in Ethiopia, which provided space to deliver peace building, education, and life skills to 38,000 children and youth. In Thailand, RTP supported the training of 85 coaches on integrating life skills development to rehabilitate youth in five juvenile detention centres, reaching 400 youth.
Results and Impact: Right to Play reports in its 2016 annual report that 99% of its children in Ghana completed their academic year. In Pakistan, children taught by RTP’s teachers scored 10% higher on standardized tests than children without RTP teachers. Regarding health programs, RTP reports that in Uganda, 92% of children in its program know how to prevent HIV from sexual transmission, compared with 50% not in its program. In Canada, 89% of RTP’s Community Mentors noticed increased healthy behaviours, such as exercise and healthy eating, by Indigenous youth in its programs. In its peace development programs in Rwanda, 83% of girls in the program believed that they had someone to talk to about important decisions, compared with 60% of non-participants. In Liberia, 88% of children in RTP’s program felt hopeful, while 69% of non-participants felt hopeful.
Analysis was completed using the most recent information available at the time this report was written. Right to Play is headquartered in Toronto, so it reports financial statements consolidated with Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, USA, Hong Kong, Germany, Sweden, and Beijing. With Canadian donations of $8.8m in 2016, Right to Play is a large-sized charity. There was no allocation of revenues between Canadian and international donations in the financial statements, so the charity’s CRA T3010 filings were best interpreted to reflect this split. However, Ci could not reconcile the total revenue figures between RTP’s financial statements and CRA filings.
In 2016, RTP’s administrative costs were 5% of revenues and fundraising costs were 18% of Canadian and international donations in 2016. For each dollar donated, 77 cents go to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.
RTP has funding reserves of $18.3m, which can cover 5 months of program costs, showing a need for funding.
The charity used external fundraisers in 2015. The charity paid $442k to raise $1.9m from the external fundraiser for a cost of 23 cents per dollar raised. The charity did not report using an external fundraiser in 2014 or 2016.
This charity report is an update that has been sent to Right to Play. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on August 20, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending December
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||4.7%||5.8%||6.4%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||18.2%||21.0%||19.9%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||42.4%||43.9%||40.1%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Goods in kind||319||185||13|
|Program costs - International||36,955||30,604||29,379|
|Program costs - Canada||6,220||6,268||6,434|
|Cash flow from operations||2,057||1,712||1,502|