Citizens Foundation Canada

401 Iroquois Shore Rd. Unit 8, Suite 158
Oakville, ON L6H 5R7
President: Farhan Sadiq
Secretary: Nadir Ali Khan

Charitable Reg. #:84414 2273 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) 91 cents are available for programs.

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About Citizens Foundation Canada:

The Citizens Foundation Canada is a 5-star rated charity and a top 10 impact charity. It has High demonstrated impact, best practices in financial transparency, and low overhead spending.

Founded in Canada in 2009, The Citizens Foundation Canada (TCF Canada) is the Canadian arm of The Citizens Foundation (TCF) founded in 1995. The Citizens Foundation is a Pakistani charity that educates children, particularly those from low-income families. The Citizens Foundation provides high-quality education in rural and poor areas of Pakistan. According to the charity, Pakistan ranks second globally in the number of children out of school. Girls from low-income families have the lowest rate of education. TCF hires only female teachers, making parents feel safe sending girls to school. The Citizens' Foundation is the second largest employer of women in Pakistan.  

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top Impact Charity

TCF Canada is funded primarily by donations. Parents must pay affordable fees that are no more than 5%-7% of the family's income. TCF Canada’s work focuses on building and maintaining its schools and training teachers. In F2022, it ran a one-time program to help fix its schools after floods. It also gave food to its students’ families who were affected by floods. It spent $600k on this program. It also runs an adult literacy program, Aagahi, that makes up less than 1% of its program spending. 

As of F2022, TCF Canada funds 116 primary schools and 34 secondary schools with 24,750 students. 64% of its schools are in urban areas and 36% are in rural areas. Of its students, 52% are boys and 48% are girls. In F2022, TCF Canada also funded three new schools. A standard, single-unit primary school has six classrooms, each with a capacity of 30 students. A secondary school has five classrooms, which can each hold 36 students. All schools are equipped with fully furnished classrooms, a library, computer labs, science labs, and an art room. In total TCF runs 1,833 schools that serve 280,000 students.

The Citizens Foundation provides ongoing training to teachers and school staff. New teachers complete Pre-Service Training (PRESET), including a self-study pack and on-the-job training. Similarly, established teachers receive annual training. In F2022, TCF funded training for 1,063 teachers across 150 schools.  

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Results and Impact

In F2022, TCF Canada reports that 96% of its grade ten students passed. Of its students, 48% received A or A+ grades. 85% of its secondary students transitioned to an intermediate level of study. 

TCF Canada reported of its 19,100 graduates in 2018, 88% pursued further education, 79% of whom selected pre-med or engineering programs.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of The Citizens Foundation Canada's results. 

Charity Intelligence has given The Citizens Foundation Canada a High impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent. 

A Charity Intelligence 2022 Top 10 Impact Charity

Impact Rating: High

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The Citizens Foundation Canada received $4.0m in donations in F2022. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 4% of donations. Total overhead spending is 9%. For every dollar donated, 91 cents goes to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Reserve funds of $1.8m can cover program spending at the F2022 level for less than six months. 

The F2022 T3010 data was not available at the time of this update. As such, compensation information reflects F2021.

This is an update that has been sent to The Citizens' Foundation, Canada for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on August 14, 2023 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.6%3.9%5.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.1%1.4%1.7%
Total overhead spending 8.7%5.2%6.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 44.5%45.4%21.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 3,948,9513,949,9543,500,005
Special events 900,64348,00027,022
Investment income 43,9744,5012,985
Total revenues 4,893,5684,002,4553,530,012
Program costs - International 4,041,6632,877,7972,988,277
Administrative costs 222,545154,502175,612
Fundraising costs 200,73954,38158,093
Total spending 4,464,9473,086,6803,221,982
Cash flow from operations 428,621915,775308,030
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 1,798,3261,306,585655,776

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting donations and total revenues by $5k in F2022, ($68k) in F2021, and ($72k) in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 1

Avg. compensation: $39,690

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 F2021

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001