Canadian Feed The Children

6 Lansing Square, Suite 123
Toronto, ON M2J 1T5
President & CEO: Jackie Wright
Board Chair: Sharon Pel

Charitable Reg. #:11883 0983 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/4]



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) 65 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 and relief charity. It focuses on helping children in Bolivia, Canada, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Uganda overcome poverty. CFTC runs two main programs: agriculture and food security, and education. It also has minor programs that focus on nutrition, gender equality, and capacity building.

A Charity Intelligence 2019 Top 10 Impact Charity

Canadian Feed the Children’s agriculture and food security programs made up 86% of total program spending in F2018. CTFC ran two main projects in F2018 – MILEAR in Ethiopia and RESULT in Ghana. The charity reports that 185,337 women, men, children, and youth are more resilient, and more food secure through these two projects. CTFC reported that 27,059 farmers (60% women) learned crop diversification, soil improvement, and best farming practices. Additionally, 9,724 farmers (61% women) received seeds, tools, plants, and livestock for increased income from farming activities.

In F2018, Canadian Feed the Children’s education programs made up 12% of total program spending. CFTC builds classrooms and water and sanitation facilities in schools; develops school nutrition programs; trains teachers and educators; and engages parents, teachers, and communities. CFTC reported that 43,250 students enrolled in early childhood care and primary schools in F2018. The charity provided 1.9 million meals to children in schools, early childhood centres, and before/after-school programs. It also built or renovated 111 classrooms and provided school supplies and equipment. CFTC hosted 67 training sessions for 377 early childhood educators and primary school teachers in F2018.

Canadian Feed the Children’s minor programs made up 2% of total program spending in F2018. CFTC’s capacity building program works to improve the socio-economic gender gap in poor countries. The charity reports that 18,164 people (80% women) in Ethiopia and Ghana participated in a savings and loans group or income generation activity in F2018. Through CFTC’s nutrition program, 6,772 community members have received training on food use and good nutrition.

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Results and Impact

Canadian Feed the Children notes that due to its agriculture and food security programs, 75% of farmers reported increased yields and 67% reported increased income. Crop sales increased 198% for women and 101% for men. The charity also reports that 70% of women who learned improved agricultural skills increased their income 30% or more.

CFTC’s capacity building program resulted in more than half of female-headed households now having at least three sources of income. Canadian Feed the Children also says that 85% of women reported increased decision-making power.

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 High for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: High

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Canadian Feed the Children is a ­­­­large charity, with total donations of $8.3m in F2018. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 24% of donations. For every dollar donated, 65 cents go to the cause. This is just within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $3.3m can cover 7 months of annual program costs.

­Canadian Feed the Children paid external fundraisers $720k in F2017 to raise $3.8m for a cost of 19 cents per dollar raised.

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 4, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.2%7.8%5.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 23.6%18.9%14.3%
Total overhead spending 34.8%26.6%19.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 56.0%53.3%55.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,25311,16811,990
Investment income 4310252
Other income 11148
Total revenues 8,30711,28412,050
Program costs 5,9398,1979,412
Administrative costs 921870611
Fundraising costs 1,9492,1051,709
Total spending 8,80911,17211,732
Cash flow from operations (502)112318
Capital spending 831937
Funding reserves 3,3274,3705,251

Note: Ci reduced program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rated basis to adjust for amortization. Ci included foreign exchange loss in program costs, affecting revenues and expenses by ($9k) in F2018, $33k in F2017, and $35k in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 46

Avg. Compensation: $68,167

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 F2017

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Sources: Canadian Feed The Children, "Hello, Goodbye" 

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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