Plan International Canada

245 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4P 0B3
President & CEO: Caroline Riseboro
Board Chair: Patsy Anderson

Charitable Reg. #: 11892 8993 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B+

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #228

Avg. Compensation $79,232

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 1
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 2
$200k - $250k 4
$160k - $200k 3
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Plan International Canada:

Founded in 1968, Plan International Canada (PIC) is the Canadian affiliate and fundraising arm of Plan International. PIC supports and contributes to the international charity’s activities. PIC’s mission is to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of children, families, and communities in developing countries. PIC states that it helps people of all faiths and cultures and works to advance children’s rights and equality for girls.

Child sponsorships are Plan International Canada’s largest source of donations ($74.7m - 33% of total revenues in F2017). PIC states that it pools these donations and directs them to community development projects that benefit all the children and families living in the community. In F2017, Plan International worked with 53,311 communities in 75 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. In F2017 Plan International Canada spent $182m on programs (91% internationally and 9% in Canada). This includes 32% on maternal, newborn, and child health and development projects, 16% on education projects, 11% on emergency & food assistance projects, 11% on sexual and reproductive health projects, 5% on economic security projects, 5% on water & sanitation projects, and 4% on child protection. The remaining 3% includes child participation and sponsorship & programmatic communications. Plan International Canada states in its most recent 2017 annual report that it had 1,788 active projects; based on total operating costs for the year, the charity spent $124,675 per project, up from $79,825 in F2016. Total operating costs remained relatively steady from F2016 to F2017, but the number of active projects fell by 31%.

Plan International's child sponsorship model follows a community funding model, where it funds community development projects and works in each community for 10 to 12 years. In its 2017 annual report, Plan International reports helping 12.5 million people through health programs, 7.9 million people through education programs, and 6.4 million people through water and sanitation work. Plan International supported 703,026 girls before, during, and after emergencies; improved reproductive and sexual health for 588,106 girls; improved water and sanitation for 1,325,496 girls; provided better access to education for 2,762,211 girls; trained 333,585 people in child protection; and trained 397,118 people in gender equality. Plan International had 89 disaster response programs globally in F2017, up from 67 in F2016.

Because I am A Girl is one of Plan International’s major initiatives. It addresses gender inequality and promotes girls’ rights, aiming to improve girls’ access to clean water, food, healthcare, education, and protection from violence and exploitation. No information was found on how much of Plan Internationals spending is on I am a Girl programs. Donations are blended with Plan International's ongoing programs.

Results and Impact: In F2017, Plan International and Global Affairs Canada launched a project to help vulnerable school-aged children from Syria and Egypt. Within the project, 620 teachers completed training and 80% showed improvements in knowledge on delivering gender- and conflict-sensitive curricula. The same year, by changing perceptions of girls in Delhi’s slums and providing young women with job skills training, 5,500 young people have found jobs, of which 3,400 are women.

Financial Review:

Plan International Canada is a Major 100 charity, meaning that it is one of Canada’s 100 largest charities in terms of donations. In F2017, Plan Canada received $100.3 million in donations, up from $99,2m in F2016. Donations to child sponsorship is $74.7m, a slight decline from $77.5m in F2016. Plan Canada received $31.3m from Global Affairs Canada and other provincial governments. In addition, Plan Canada received $58.2m from the UN, Plan International and other multilateral organizations for its international programs. Plan Canada also receives donated goods-in-kind, $16.4m in donated food and $12.8m in donated anti-malaria bed nets.

Plan Canada's administrative costs are 7% of revenues, and fundraising costs are 24% of donations. For every dollar donated, 69 cents go to the cause, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Plan Canada has funding reserves of $57.8m, including a $2.8m endowment fund. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover under four months of program costs. This shows a need for funding. 

The charity used external fundraisers in F2017. The charity paid $11.5m to raise $38.5m from the external fundraiser for a cost of 30 cents per dollar raised. 

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

Updated on July 18, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.9%6.4%5.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.2%23.5%25.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 31.9%22.1%23.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 100,25099,168104,354
Goods in kind 33,23434,86530,384
Government funding 31,34729,44130,520
Investment income 14129560
Other income 58,17946,66836,933
Total revenues 223,151210,171202,751
Program costs - International 164,956156,907145,912
Program costs - Canada 16,36212,69913,731
Administrative costs 15,44113,50611,773
Fundraising costs 24,30423,27126,314
Cash flow from operations 2,0873,7885,022
Funding reserves 57,78637,51137,271
Note: Ci backed out amortization of capital and intangible assets on a pro-rata basis from administrative, fundraising, and Canadian program costs. Ci reported change in fair value of investments in investment income, affecting revenues by $77k in F2017, ($469k) in F2016, and $169k in F2015. Ci reported endowment fund contributions in donations, increasing revenues by $153k in F2017, $171k in F2016, and $29k in F2015.

Comments added by the Charity:

Following comments were made by Plan Canada in the year 2014. Updated comments may be forthcoming.

Plan International Canada Inc. (“Plan Canada”) has been a member of the Plan International global federation (“Plan”) since 1968. Plan Canada is a not-for-profit corporation, federally incorporated without share capital and granted status as a registered charity under the Income Tax Act (Canada), and continued under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act on September 18, 2014.

Plan is a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries. Founded in 1937, Plan is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not-for-profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Worldwide, Plan is a global federation made up of different legal entities operating in many countries around the world under the Plan name and brand.  Plan International has built a reputation as one of the world's most effective and responsible development agencies.

Accountability to our donors, our partners and to the children, families and communities that we work with across 51 program countries is paramount. Annually, Plan Canada complies with all prescribed annual regulatory requirements including Canada Revenue Agency and Imagine Canada Accreditation Program. Plan Canada’s financial statements are audited on an annual basis by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PWC”), who conduct their audit in accordance with the recently issued Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations (“ASNPO”) and are the same standards that apply to our peer organizations. This ensures integrity and transparency of our financial results on a basis that is consistent between organizations. Plan Canada’s and Plan’s current and past annual reviews and financial statements are available at

Plan Canada respects Charity Intelligence’s choice to recast financial information using Non-ASNPO measures for the purposes of trying to achieve comparability amongst organizations. Given that these measures are not sanctioned by any regulatory authority and that these measures do not consider an organization’s operating complexity, our belief is that these measures will further confuse users. We fully support a donor's right to do their own independent research and be fully informed as to how they choose to spend their philanthropic dollars. Accordingly, Plan Canada directs interested parties to visit the Plan Canada website at to see the depth and breadth of information available and to better understand how Plan Canada is contributing to helping children and their communities.

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