Citizens' Foundation Canada

2010 Winston Park Drive, Suite 200
Oakville, ON L6H 5R7
President: Sajid Salman
Secretary: Nadir Ali Khan

Charitable Reg. #:844142273 RR 0001


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) 87 cents are available for programs.

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About Citizens' Foundation Canada:

Founded in Canada in 2009, The Citizens Foundation, Canada (TCF Canada) is the Canadian branch of The Citizens Foundation (TCF) founded in 1995. The Citizens Foundation is a Pakistani charity focused on educating children, particularly those from poor families. The Citizens Foundation is an award-winning charity identified as providing high quality eduation in neglected rural and slum areas of Pakistan. Pakistan has one of the lowest rates of education; just 3% of children enrolled in Pakistan schools graduate. Girls from poor families have the lowest rate of education. TCF model hires only female teachers. This makes parents feel safe to send girls to schools. Also, with only female teachers, many families want their daughters to become teachers rather than housewives. The Citizens Foundation is the second largest employer of women in Pakistan. The Citizens Foundation is changing education in Pakistan and opportunities for girls.

A Charity Intelligence 2020 Top 10 Impact Charity

As a charity, TCF is funded by donations. Parents are required to pay affordable fees that are no more than 5%-7% of the family's income. TCF has four main programs that support the foundation's mission: schools, mentorship, adult education, and teacher training.

As of F2019, The Citizens' Foundation operates 1,567 primary and secondary school units. The foundation operates 1,257 schools, while 310 schools are partnerships with local governments. 89% of schools are located in the Sindh and Punjab provinces. A standard, single-unit primary school covers 6,500 square feet with six classrooms, each with a capacity of 30 students. A secondary school covers 9,000 square feet with 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.

The Citizens' Foundation also runs various mentorship programs. Mentors from a wide variety of occupations support youth mentees in developing a plan for the future and learning how to deal with challenges. 9,297 mentors have been assigned to 38,388 students since the program began. TCF has also advised 61,046 students on their academic careers through the support of 4,345 career counsellors.

Since 2005, TCF's adult literacy program has provided illiterate women from rural and urban areas with a chance to learn how to read and write. Classes are held twice a year from January to April and September to December. During the program, students learn basic math and Urdu reading and writing. As of F2019, 93,000 women have learned basic math, reading, and writing.

The Citizens' Foundation provides ongoing training to teachers and school staff. New teachers are provided with Pre-Service Training (PRESET), which includes a self-study pack and on-the-job training. Similarly, established teachers receive annual, pedagogical training.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given the Citizen's Foundation a High impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

According to TCF, 58% of students secured A+ and A grades in F2019. 88% of students pursue intermediate education and 45% complete their bachelor's degrees. Also, 71% of TCF alumni above the age of 22 are gainfully employed and another 15% are still studying.

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

A Charity Intelligence 2020 Top 10 Impact Charity

Impact Rating: High

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The Citizens' Foundation, Canada is a Medium-sized charity, receiving $3.0m in donations and special event revenue in F2019. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 7% of donations. For every dollar donated, 87 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $383k can cover 1.5 months of annual program costs.

While the charity reports two full-time employees, it does not report total compensation paid to these employees.

This is a new charity report that has been sent to The Citizens' Foundation, Canada for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 20, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.8%7.4%4.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.7%6.5%4.7%
Total overhead spending 12.6%13.9%9.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 12.3%54.4%22.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,718,7832,095,5851,307,116
Goods in kind 29,761116,7220
Special events 249,853180,822483,439
Investment income 3,095(98)(14,779)
Other income 001,202
Total revenues 3,001,4922,393,0311,776,978
Program costs - International 3,100,8601,630,7251,803,242
Administrative costs 175,006176,28682,898
Fundraising costs 199,314147,65384,490
Other costs 0020,030
Total spending 3,475,1801,954,6641,990,660
Cash flow from operations (473,688)438,367(213,682)
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 382,591887,682412,543

Note: Ci has adjusted for deferred contributions, changing total revenues by ($499k) in F2019, $406k in F2018, and ($106k) in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 2

Avg. Compensation: $0

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 F2018

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To learn more about Citizens Foundation:

Wiki Citizens Foundation

The Economist, School reform: Pakistan is home to the most frenetic education reforms in the world; Reformers are trying to make up for generations of neglect, January 24, 2018

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