985 Adelaide St. S
London, ON N6E 4A3
President & CEO: Allison Alley
Board Chair: Mark Fletcher

Charitable Reg. #:11887 1516 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) 83 cents are available for programs.

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About Compassion Canada:

Compassion Canada is a top-rated 5-star charity with good impact. This excellent charity has reasonable overhead spending and an above-average results reporting grade. 

Founded in 1963, Compassion Canada (COMP) aims to eliminate child poverty in the name of Jesus Christ. COMP is a branch of Compassion International, which has affiliated chapters worldwide. Compassion International partnered with over 8,000 churches to assist over 2 million children across 27 countries in F2022. Compassion Canada mostly receives funding through sponsorships or arrangements where donors commit to supporting individual children over the course of their education. Other than child sponsorships, COMP has Complementary Interventions and Survival programs. In F2022, Compassion Canada spent $61.9m on its program activities.  

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

Child and Youth Development – 82% of program spending ($50.9m): COMP’s Child and Youth Development program aims to provide education, healthcare, food, religious teaching, and personal guidance to children in poor communities. In F2022, the charity sponsored 2,311,930 children globally and 105,724 children in Canada. 4,724 more children were sponsored by Canadians in F2022 compared to F2021.

Complementary Interventions – 15% of program spending ($9.0m): COMP provides disaster relief and supports children with water, sanitation, hygiene, education, and health. In F2022, the charity conducted 120 complementary interventions, benefitting 174,755 children and youth.

Survival – 3% of program spending ($2.1m): COMP’s Survival program assists mothers and babies to keep them in good health and positive development. In F2022, the charity funded 296 programs, supporting 4,616 mom and baby pairs.


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Results and Impact

Thanks to the support of the Child and Youth Development program, Compassion children are 27 to 40% more likely to finish secondary education. 35% of them are more likely to have white collar jobs, and 40 to 70% of them are more likely to become church leaders. In F2022, thanks to the safe water and sanitation interventions in Togo, 85% of community members had access to clean water directly from their homes, and 100% of the community had access to clean water through the Compassion Center site.

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

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


Impact Rating: Good

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Compassion Canada is a Major 100 charity, one of the largest charities in Canada by donations. In F2022, it received $74.7m in Canadian donations. Administrative costs are 8% of total revenue (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 9% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 17%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 83 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Compassion Canada has $18.9m in reserve funds. The charity can cover over 3 months of its annual program costs with its reserves. This low program cost coverage reflects Compassion Canada’s high dependency on continued sponsorship from individual donors. In F2022, child sponsorships represented 84% of total revenue.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Compassion Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 5, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen. 


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.7%5.8%6.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.1%8.2%8.7%
Total overhead spending 16.8%13.9%14.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 30.6%30.9%24.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 74,70873,98369,987
Investment income 10328384
Other income 281,10514
Total revenues 74,74675,41670,385
Program costs - International 57,48057,44354,389
Program costs - Canada 4,3883,0663,570
Grants 222
Administrative costs 5,7154,3514,315
Fundraising costs 6,8226,0306,064
Total spending 74,40670,89168,339
Cash flow from operations 3404,5252,046
Capital spending 459108247
Funding reserves 18,94218,68914,187

Note: Ci reported international program spending from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA and removed the amounts from Canadian program costs. Ci reported gifts to qualified donees from CRA filings and included them in grants rather than Canadian program costs. Ci removed amortization on a pro-rata basis from Canadian program, administrative, and fundraising costs. Ci adjusted for deferred contributions, affecting revenues by $73k in F2022, $60k in F2021, and ($149k) in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 103

Avg. compensation: $87,184

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:

Comment added on October 23, 2023:

Strategic Priorities

Here’s what we believe: We have a responsibility to strategically steward and invest our resources to maximize impact today and for the future.

Globally, Compassion has a multi-year priority to scale our ministry to advance life outcomes with more children and youth more quickly.

Rooted in our unwavering Christ-centred, child-focused and church-driven foundations, Compassion is making strategic investments globally and domestically to achieve this important multi-year priority.

What that looks like around the world

Compassion’s teams around the world are working hard to operationalize a robust theory of change and ambitious program transformation efforts. Our goal is to advance evidence-based outcomes with more children and youth more quickly.

See examples of evidence-based outcomes under Evidence of Impact.

  • Adopting an approach to program that empowers local church partners to implement highly contextualized programs while continuously learning, improving and achieving outcomes.
  • New country launches that will enable Compassion to reach hundreds of thousands more children living in poverty.
  • Moving into areas of greater need within the countries where we currently work to ensure our investments are making the greatest possible impact.
  • New and innovative program models to ensure maximum effectiveness in each context where we work.

What that looks like in Canada

Compassion Canada’s organizational planning starts with our foundations, including our mission and strategic anchors.

From our foundations, we pursue our multi-year goals:

  • Steward our resources: Maximize organizational effectiveness and efficiency through learning, innovation and a posture of continual improvement.
  • Love our neighbours: Deepen supporter and partner engagement and impact through meaningful and personalized connections to the mission.
  • Expand our reach: Grow and diversify our supporter base and revenue through targeted efforts to reach and engage new individuals and institutions in Canada.

Evidence of Impact 

As we seek to advance evidence-based outcomes with more children and youth more quickly, Compassion is making investments in monitoring and evaluating program outcomes to ensure your generosity has the most impact possible. Here are just a few examples of the encouraging outcomes we are seeing around the world! 

Compassion’s programs impact children in every aspect of life: 

  • Cognitive: In Ethiopia, Compassion children are 26% more likely to complete a higher level of education and 25% more likely to be able to use an income-generating skill than their unsponsored peers. 
  • Spiritual: In Ecuador, Compassion children are 25% more likely to serve their church or community than their unsponsored peers. 
  • Physical: In Ecuador, Compassion children are 14% less likely to have missed school due to illness than their unsponsored peers. 
  • Relational: In Indonesia, Compassion children are 13% more likely to have an adult role model and 20% more likely to study the Bible in a group than their unsponsored peers. 


Charity Contact

Website: www.compassion.ca
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