Canadian Feed The Children

2 Lansing Square, Suite 901
Toronto, ON M2J 4P8
President & CEO: Jacquelyn Wright
Board Chair: David Armour

Charitable Reg. #:11883 0983 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) 66 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Feed The Children:

Founded in 1986, Canadian Feed the Children (CFTC) is an international development charity. The charity focuses on helping people in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, and Canada overcome poverty through agriculture and education programs. It also has programs that focus on nutrition, gender equality, and capacity building. 

Canadian Feed the Children says it provided 3 million meals through its school and community nutrition programs in its 2019-2020 annual report. This is an increase of 200,000 meals from the previous year. 

In 2019, CFTC helped 2,560 farmers scale up their farms through its training sessions. It helped create 549 new gardens in schools, homes, and communities around the world.   

CFTC’s education work includes child sponsorship, improving school equipment, and school nutrition programs. Its child sponsorship program supported 31,362 children to enroll in primary school. Its education program also provided 433 classrooms with school supplies and equipment. In Ethiopia, it helped schools create gardens to produce food for the school’s lunch programs. This allowed the schools in the program to go from giving school meals to 599 students in F2018 to feeding 2,122 students in 2019. 

Its economic development programs helped 7,016 farmers grow their savings through peer support investment groups. These groups helped 343 people (67% women) get access to a bank account for the first time. 

As of F2019, 30 youth groups have been established and have supported 770 adolescents. Youth groups help older children and youth to gain a path to a safe and productive adulthood by providing life skills and sexual and reproductive health education. 

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Results and Impact

Canadian Feed the Children completed a 6-year food security project in Ghana in 2018. It reports reducing the hunger gap (the time between harvests when food and income is scarce) from 5 months down to zero. It reports that after its program, its farmers maize yields have more than doubled.  Its male farmers have seen a 3x increase in groundnut yields, and its female farmers have seen a 5x increase. Its economic development also helped farmers increase income from side businesses such as soap making and basket weaving.

CFTC reports that with its help, farmers in Ethiopia and Ghana increased their farm productivity up to 83% in 2019. It also reports that in Bolivia, 78% of participants in a vegetable production and marketing training program increased their income by 35%. 

664 girls participated in a program to reduce barriers to education in Uganda. CFTC reports that all of the participants in this program stayed in school. 

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

Charity Intelligence gave Canadian Feed the Children an impact rating of Good for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Good

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Canadian Feed the Children received $7.5m in donations in F2020.  Administrative costs are 12% of revenues and fundraising costs are 22% of donations. This results in overhead spending of 34%. For every dollar donated, 66 cents go to the cause which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $4.2m can cover just over 1 year of annual program costs. 

In F2020, Canadian Feed the Children paid external fundraisers $163k to raise $314k. In other words, it costs CFTC 52 cents to raise a dollar through external fundraisers. 

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

Updated on July 27, 2021 by Asha McMullin. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.0%14.6%11.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 22.0%33.8%27.7%
Total overhead spending 34.0%48.4%39.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 106.4%71.2%55.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 7,4736,2726,944
Government funding 2075805
Investment income 10110552
Other income 1783811
Total revenues 7,7736,4907,811
Program costs 3,9303,8405,948
Administrative costs 923931921
Fundraising costs 1,6452,1201,921
Total spending 6,4986,8928,790
Cash flow from operations 1,275(402)(979)
Capital spending 175283
Funding reserves 4,1802,7323,327

Note: Ci removed amortization from program, admin, and fundraising costs according to note 5 of the financial statements.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 35

Avg. compensation: $79,209

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

In 2020, Canadian Feed The Children (CFTC) joined together with families and communities in Bolivia, Canada, Ethiopia, Uganda and Ghana to achieve significant impact for children. In 2019 we provided over 3 million meals to help support children through school and community programs.

We take a community-led approach to development, and work with local partners to help people achieve long-term change for children, families and communities. Our focus is on food security and education as catalysts of change, and capacity-strengthens that ensures sustainability of our programs.

We sincerely thank our supporters and community partners, whose continued support helps create a world where children thrive.

CFTC relies entirely on voluntary donations. To learn more about CFTC and the opportunities to support children and families in Canada, and around the world, please visit or call 1-800-387-1221. Join us!



Added by Charity Intelligence:

In The News: Canadian donors please note that, thankfully, Canadian Feed The Children does not have any association whatsoever with the US charity Feed the Children. It is not connected with or associated with the US charity that has poor ratings. 

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001