MADA Community Center

6875, boulevard Décarie
Montreal, QC H3W 3E4
Executive Director: Chaim Shlomo Cohen
Board Member: Laurent Bensemana

Charitable Reg. #:85635 6068 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 87 cents are available for programs.

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About MADA Community Center:

MADA Community Centre is a 4-star charity with Average demonstrated impact. It is financially transparent, has an average results reporting grade, and reasonable overhead spending. MADA's interest-bearing debts exceed its reserve funds (cash and investments), indicating a need for funding.


Founded in 1993, MADA Community Center (MADA) is a Jewish charity fighting poverty in Montreal, Quebec. MADA Community Center provides impoverished people in Montreal with basic necessities while bringing the Jewish community together. All of its services are offered free of charge. MADA runs five main programs: a cafeteria (Meals à Partager), a foodbank (Chez Makolet), Shabbat to Share, social programs, and clothing and furniture distribution.


In F2022, MADA allocated 34% of total program spending to Meals à Partager, which provides sit-down meals and food boxes to elderly and disabled people. Its onsite cafeteria offers three meals a day served restaurant style. Additionally, MADA prepares, packs, and delivers over 400,000 meals annually.  


Spending on MADA's foodbank, Chez Makolet, made up 29% of total program spending in F2022. The food bank offers a variety of free items, like produce, non-perishables, and household essentials, to people in need. MADA supplies 60,000 food and essential supply baskets annually. 


In F2022, MADA's Shabbat to Share program accounted for 20% of total program spending. Each week, MADA's volunteers visit elderly people with special needs to deliver a Shabbat meal. The charity states that there are over 1,000 recipients of the Shabbat to Share program.


MADA allocated 12% of total program spending to social programs, educational programs, and special events in F2022. The charity provides corporations, groups of individuals, and students training on the significance of kindness and charity. It also runs classes to help clients acquire life skills like cooking, managing finances, and navigating legal matters. Finally, it hosts parties and events for people to get together and have fun. 


The remaining 5% of program spending was spent on clothing and furniture distribution. The charity distributes over 18,000 pieces of clothing and 300 pieces of furniture annually.

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Results and Impact

MADA reports rescuing and delivering over 3.5 million kilograms of food to families in need in F2021. 


Charity Intelligence highlights these key results. They may not be a complete representation of MADA Community Center's results.


Charity Intelligence has evaluated MADA and found the charity to have Average demonstrated impact per dollar spent. 

Impact Rating: Average

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MADA Community Center had total cash donations of $3.9m in F2022. The charity also received $1.4m worth of donated goods in F2022.


Administrative costs are 6% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 7% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 13%. For every dollar donated, 87 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending.


MADA Community Center's interest-bearing debts of $2.1m exceed its reserve funds (cash and investments) of $1.7m. Excluding interest-bearing debts, MADA could cover five months of its annual program costs with reserves, indicating a need for funding. 


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


Updated on July 27, 2023, by Sydney Olexa. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.2%4.4%3.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.3%7.1%5.9%
Total overhead spending 13.5%11.5%9.7%
Program cost coverage (%) (10.3%)(16.7%)(35.4%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,8584,0144,139
Goods in kind 1,3641,501828
Government funding 401482717
Business activities (net) 423956
Investment income 000
Other income 00125
Total revenues 5,6666,0355,865
Program costs 3,9583,5002,688
Donated goods exp 1,3061,480797
Administrative costs 352266223
Fundraising costs 281286246
Other costs 666774
Total spending 5,9635,6004,027
Cash flow from operations (297)4351,838
Capital spending 206169205
Funding reserves (406)(585)(951)

Note: Ci reported fundraising costs, administrative costs, and government funding from the charity's T3010 filings with the CRA. Ci reported retail sales net of retail store expenses, affecting revenues and expenses by $nil in F2022, $nil in F2021, and ($1k) in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 35

Avg. compensation: $47,263

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:

The following comment relates to a previous profile update. Comments for the 2023 profile update are forthcoming. 

MADA appreciates the work of Charity Intelligence and will continue its work to provide clear, accurate and transparent information.

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001