Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia

201-33933 Gladys Avenue
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2E8
Executive Director: Wayne Bremner
Board Chair: Peter Wolfe

Charitable Reg. #:10769 0927 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) 93 cents are available for programs.

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About Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia:

Mennonite Central Committee BC is a 5-star, top-rated charity. It is financially transparent, has reasonable overhead costs, and an above-average results reporting grade of A-.

Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia (MCC BC) is one of six provincial divisions of Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC Canada), which works with Mennonite Central Committee US to form MCC International (MCC). MCC is a Christian relief, development and peacebuilding charity that works with local churches in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, and Canada.

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia and MCC both have a mission of sharing God’s love and compassion for all by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC BC works in partnership with churches to deliver its programs. MCC BC sends money to MCC Canada to support its international activities, and also runs its own Community Development and Justice & Peace programs in British Columbia. 

International programs (MCC Canada) – 76% of program and grant costs. In F2022, MCC BC sent $9.6m to MCC Canada for its international development and relief program. MCC Canada worked on 496 projects in 45 countries during F2022. Its programs reached 925,662 people. 

Learn more about MCC Canada, also a 5-star charity

Community Development – 14% of program and grant costs. Community development services offered in BC include support for homeless people, refugees, service workers, and young people. In F2022, MCC BC helped 661 people at risk of homelessness with housing. It also helped seven newcomers to Canada through its New Foundations Program.

Disaster relief – 4% of program and grant costs. MCC BC responds to local disasters. In F2022, MCC BC responded to floods in British Columbia and rebuilt 15 homes. 

Justice and Peace – 2% of program and grant costs. Justice and Peace services include MCC BC's End Abuse program, Indigenous relations, and constituency engagement. MCC BC's End Abuse program involves support groups and weekly classes for women in intimate partner abuse situations, and groups for men who want to voluntarily learn healthier ways of being in relationships. In F2022, the End Abuse program had 369 participants. As part of its Indigenous Neighbors program, 1,170 children and youth participated in workshops on reconciliation.

The remaining 4% of program and grant costs went to Common Place Café and Ten Thousand Villages, a coffee shop and thrift store operated by MCC BC.


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Results and Impact

Internationally, in F2022 funding provided by MCC BC to MCC Canada helped give 169,603 people emergency food assistance, give 68,680 people access to water, and helped 279 refugees come to Canada. MCC Canada’s work on education in South Sudan helped 97% of vulnerable children advance to the next grade. Its health program in Haiti helped ensure that 90% of new mothers in a region get pre- and post-natal health screenings and are referred to other care if needed. 

Locally, MCC BC helped 1,078 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness access food and other resources. 

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, this may not be a complete representation of Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia’s results and impact. 

This charity is not yet rated for impact (n/r). 

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MCC British Columbia received $13.6m in donations and special events revenues in F2022. It also received $1.5m in government funding representing 7% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are 3% of donations. Total overhead spending is 7%. For each dollar donated, 93 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

MCC BC received $908k from MCC Canada. This amount is presented as other revenue. 

MCC BC manages a $55.3m Legacy Trust (MCC Legacy Trust), which represents donated land and buildings given to the charity for the purpose of generating revenue that it can use for programs. These subsidiaries are wholly-owned for-profit companies. In F2022, MCC BC received $5.8m in equity income from investment in subsidiaries. This amount is not included in the total revenues listed in the Financial Review.

Learn more: Globe and Mail's story about Mary and Henry Rempel who left a $229.6 million donation in property to MCC BC, September 23, 2023. 

MCC BC has gross reserve funds of $21.7m that include $15.3m in share capital and retained earnings from its investments in subsidiaries as well as $6.4m in cash. The charity also has $4.2m in interest-bearing liabilities. Net reserve funds of $17.5m can cover program and grants costs for one year and four months at the F2022 level. 

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

Updated on July 27, 2023 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.7%5.9%6.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.5%5.4%9.1%
Total overhead spending 7.1%11.3%15.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 134.3%82.1%135.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 12,4885,9106,234
Goods in kind 120115186
Government funding 1,4651,845194
Fees for service 901822953
Business activities (net) 2,9841,5562,269
Special events 1,1178511,180
Investment income 142119252
Other income 908525314
Total revenues 20,12511,74411,581
Program costs 3,3973,0883,072
Grants 9,6476,3206,667
Administrative costs 731683778
Fundraising costs 473364672
Total spending 14,24810,45611,189
Cash flow from operations 5,8771,288392
Capital spending (86)258206
Funding reserves 17,5157,72013,185

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred operating contributions and deferred capital contributions, affecting donations and total donations by $2.1m in F2022, $74k in F2021, and ($157k) in F2020. Thrift shop revenues are reported net of expenses (excluding depreciation), affecting total revenues and expenses by ($5.6m) in F2022, ($5.0m) in F2021, and ($5.1m) in F2020. Ci adjusted grants by amounts payable to MCC Canada, affecting grants and total expenses by ($1.0m) in F2022, $297k in F2021, and $525k in F2020. To report on a cash basis, Ci backed out depreciation from administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 66

Avg. compensation: $67,654

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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