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) 71 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Feed The Children:

Canadian Feed the Children is a 5-star charity. It is financially transparent and has reasonable overhead costs. It also has an average results reporting grade of B. Charity Intelligence has given it a rating of Good for its demonstrated impact per dollar spent. 

Founded in 1986, Canadian Feed the Children (CFTC) works to help end poverty through sustainable development work. It aims to improve food security, provide education, and create strong and sustainable development. CFTC works in Canada, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Uganda. 

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

Canadian Feed the Children is categorized as an international development charity. Yet since 2019, its Canadian programs receive significantly more program money than its international programs. 

At the time of this report, CFTC’s 2022 annual report is not yet available. Results below refer to 2021.

Canadian Programs – 70% of program and grant spending in 2021 ($3.4m). In Canada, CFTC works with 31 Indigenous communities to improve access to nutritious food and create food security. In 2021, these programs supported 14,347 people. CFTC provided 869,975 meals. Of these meals, 54,124 meals were distributed to 1,971 households as part of its covid-19 relief program. CFTC funded 520 gardens and one greenhouse in 2021. The gardens produced 1,152 kg of fresh produce. As part of its Canadian spending, CFTC granted $783k in 2021. Of this, its largest grant was $152k to Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick.

International Programs – 30% of program and grant spending in 2021 ($1.4m). Internationally, CFTC uses a child sponsorship model. For $33 a month, donors can sponsor a child in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Uganda. With these funds, CFTC provides meals to kids in school, improves school facilities, and trains teachers. It also teaches parents how to grow more food, improve their skills, and earn an income through small businesses. In 2021, CFTC distributed 1,277,256 meals in these countries. It supported 133,045 people in 80 communities. 20,182 children benefited from education programs in these countries. 19,259 people benefitted from CFTC’s livelihood programs.

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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 five months down to zero. It reports that after its program, the farmers maize yields had more than doubled.  The program's male farmers saw a 3x increase in groundnut yields, and the female farmers saw a a 5x increase. The economic development part of the program 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%. 

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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In 2022, CFTC received $7.5m in donations. Fundraising costs were 18% of donations and administrative costs were 11% of revenues (less investment income). Total overhead costs are 29%. For each dollar donated, 71 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Reserve funds of $4.6m can cover program and grant costs for just under nine months at the 2022 level.

According to its T3010 filing with the CRA, in 2022 Canadian Feed the Children paid external fundraisers $250k to raise $102k for a total cost of $0.41 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 August 25, 2023 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.5%9.7%12.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.7%17.3%22.0%
Total overhead spending 29.2%27.0%34.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 71.5%113.8%106.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 7,5008,7827,473
Government funding 500020
Investment income (1)105101
Other income 4084178
Total revenues 8,0388,9717,773
Program costs - International 2,0451,4631,351
Program costs - Canada 3,7322,6042,036
Grants 696783542
Administrative costs 924860923
Fundraising costs 1,3271,5151,645
Total spending 8,7237,2266,498
Cash flow from operations (685)1,7451,275
Capital spending 20237175
Funding reserves 4,6255,5234,180

Note: Canadian Feed the Children's audited financial statements do not disclose government funding separately from donations. Therefore, Charity Intelligence used the government funding from Canadian Feed the Children's T3010 filing with the CRA and backed out the amount from Canadian donations. Similarly, Ci reports international program spending and gifts to qualified donees from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA and backed out the amounts of Canadian program spending. Ci adjusted for changes in deferred revenues, affecting total revenue by ($754k) in F2022, $1.1m in F2021, $685k in F2020. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs according to Note 5 of the financial statements. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 38

Avg. compensation: $70,817

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Updated on October 24, 2023:

Canadian Feed The Children (CFTC) is partnering with families and communities in Bolivia, Canada, Ethiopia, Uganda and Ghana to address the root causes of food insecurity. In 2022, we provided over 3 million meals worldwide to help support children through school and community programs.

Working with local partners, we take a participatory, community-led approach to support communities to achieve their own long-term sustainable change. This includes providing climate-adaptive agriculture and livelihood training, promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, and improving access to education for children.

We sincerely thank our supporters and community partners, whose continued support helps create a world where all 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!

This is from a previous profile:

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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