2450 Milltower Court
Mississauga, ON L5N 5Z6
CEO: David Adcock
Board Chair: Murray Cornelius

Charitable Reg. #:87591 2701 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 84 cents are available for programs.

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About ERDO:

ERDO is a 5-star charity. It is financially transparent, has a good results reporting grade, and has reasonable overhead costs. Ci has given ERDO a Good impact rating.

Founded in 1983, the Emergency Relief and Development Overseas (ERDO) is an international Pentecostal charity. It works to provide crisis support, community development, and sponsorships to families in impoverished countries. ERDO is a member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

In F2023, ERDO ran three main programs. The largest is its Crisis Response program, which provides food, medicine, and housing support to people affected by natural disasters and war. The second is its ChildCARE Plus program, which sponsors impoverished children. The program provides food and funding for education. The last is its Community Development program. This program organizes educational, sanitary, and nutritional programs for communities. ERDO provides a detailed spending breakdown in its annual report. In F2023, ERDO spent $16.2m on its programs.

The Crisis Response program received $10.3m in F2023, comprising 63% of ERDO’s spending in F2023. In F2023, ERDO ran 53 projects in 27 countries. Programs include building 20 disaster resistant homes in Haiti, providing psychosocial support for 949 children in Myanmar, and supplying 69,110 people in Ukraine. ERDO provides a breakdown of program activities by crisis in its annual report. ERDO reports that its Crisis Response program reached 343,438 people in F2023. 

The ChildCARE Plus program comprised 24% of ERDO’s spending, receiving $3.9m in funding in F2023. ERDO ran programs in 41 locations in 28 countries. ERDO reports that 62% of sponsorship locations offered children extra tutoring outside school. Additionally, 85% of locations taught children about proper nutrition in school. ERDO reports that it sponsored 7,698 children in F2023.  

ERDO’s Community Development program comprised the remaining 12% of program spending. It received $2.0m in F2023. ERDO ran 28 projects in 14 countries. ERDO ran a large number of Community Development programs. Some examples include job training and microloans to 4,837 people in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh. ERDO distributed 10,000 menstruation and hygiene kits to women in Iraq. ERDO reports that it reached 157,462 people with its community development programs.

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Results and Impact

In F2023, ERDO reports that 225 boys and 404 girls in its ChildCARE Plus program graduated primary school. 196 boys and 273 girls enrolled in the program graduated secondary school.

In response to the flooding in Burundi, ERDO brought food to 750 people. It provided food to 2,500 families and provided shelter and hygiene to 500 families after flooding in Pakistan.

In F2023, ERDO provided food, medicine, and shelter to 69,110 people in Ukraine. It helped establish a preschool for 60 Ukrainian refugee children. It evacuated 3,000 children with disabilities from Ukraine.

ERDO provided monthly food support for 60 sponsored children in Keyna. It provided a weekly meal to 860 students in Haiti, and two weekly meals to students with disabilities.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of ERDO’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given ERDO a Good impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Good

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In F2023, ERDO received $9.9m in donations. It received $4.4m in government funding, comprising 26% of total revenue. Fundraising costs are 12% of donations, and administrative costs are 4% of revenues. Total overhead spending is 16% of revenue. For each dollar donated, 84 cents are available to go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

ERDO has total reserve funds of $8.4m, which can cover its program costs for 6 months.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to ERDO for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 4, 2024 by Ben Dobozy.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.0%4.1%5.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.6%8.2%9.4%
Total overhead spending 15.6%12.3%14.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 52.0%80.9%94.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,90611,1509,426
Government funding 4,4002,4991,511
Other income 2,7881,093555
Total revenues 17,09414,74211,492
Program costs - International 16,18311,8118,518
Administrative costs 677601604
Fundraising costs 1,148914887
Total spending 18,00913,32510,009
Cash flow from operations (915)1,4171,482
Funding reserves 8,4109,5578,030

Note: Ci included incoming transfers within Canadian Food Grains Bank (CFGB) account in Other revenue, and outgoing transfers to CFGB in program costs. Included in Canadian donations is cash and grain contributions ($429k in F2022, $395k in F2021, and $462k in F2020). Ci was unable to separate this out into Canadian donations and goods-in-kind donations.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 19

Avg. compensation: $78,170

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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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.erdo.ca
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