Rated as one of Canada’s best charities for financial integrity

Our foundations

Mission:

Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

VALUES:

Integrity, Stewardship, Dignity, Excellence and Discernment

STRATEGIC ANCHORS:

Christ Centered, Church Based, Child Focused

CORE STRATEGY:

Christian holistic development of children in poverty in partnership with supporters and churches.

STRATEGIC INTENT:

Join God in releasing the most children possible from poverty in Jesus’ name with ever increasing effectiveness and efficiency.

SNAPSHOTS OF GLOBAL INITIATIVES

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Amplify child protection to safeguard children from new and ongoing risks

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Mature program to increase measurable impact and local contextualization

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Empower our national offices and church partners to proactively adapt to changing political realities

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Expand program to new regions to serve more children in extreme poverty

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Leverage technology and innovation to scale the organization

Financial details

Here’s how your donations were used.

Ministry Activity funds

Sponsorship*

91.8%

Non-sponsorship

8.2%

*'Sponsorship' refers to all child development program funds.

Non-sponsorship*

30% Survival
22% Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
17% Education
17% Stability
8% to Children’s Ministry Launch
6% Health

*These activities are funded by donors to our Complementary Interventions and Survival Programs. Percentages are rounded.

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The cost of fundraising

Of every dollar we spend, just 10.6¢ is used for fundraising efforts.*

This pays for all of our fundraising staff, print and media advertising, printing and distribution costs for our mailings, fundraising events and online activities. Compassion does not, directly or indirectly, pay finder’s fees, commissions or percentage compensation based on contributions.

*Excluding any gift where 100 per cent of the funds are designated to program use (such as child, family and centre gifts).


How we steward your resources

As certified members of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, Compassion Canada is committed to handling the finances entrusted to us with the utmost integrity. This year, 82.9 per cent of funds were used for program activities benefiting the children we serve, and 17.1 per cent for support services.

Ministry activities

77.0% International program
5.9% Supporter services and advocacy

Support services

10.6% Fundraising
6.5% General and administration

Our generous Canadian supporters

In our last fiscal year, Compassion’s support came from 89,142 individuals, families and organizations. Their generosity allowed us to continue our mission of releasing children from poverty.

Individuals and families make up 97 per cent of our total supporters. The other 3 per cent comes from businesses, churches, schools, foundations, service or community organizations and other groups.

Supporter breakdown
89,142 Individuals and families
1,075 Businesses
916 Churches
97 Schools
48 Foundations
183 Other

Key results indicators

HISTORICAL SPONSORSHIP GROWTH

Historical sponsor

Cancellation rate

The percentage of supporters choosing to cancel their sponsorship in the last 12 months. Compassion Canada has one of the lowest cancellation rates among all global Compassion partners.

Canada
Global

Cancellation rate

Correspondence rate

The percentage of supporters writing a letter to their sponsored child in the last 12 months.


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Global

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Annual revenue and expenditures

Revenues

2019

2018

Child Development

61,953,038
57,440,435

Complementary Interventions

4,002,334
6,148,860

Child Survival

1,710,017
1,623,625

Leadership Development

52,650
138,442

Investment Income

357,621
332,681

Other Revenue **

24,279
23,124

Total Revenues

$68,099,939
$65,707,167

Expenditures

2019

2017

Ministry activities

Child Development

51,710,137
48,971,257

Complementary Interventions

3,226,528
4,943,088

Child Survival

1,368,014
1,298,900

Leadership Development

42,120
110,754

Total Ministry Activities

$56,346,799
$55,323,999

Support services

Fundraising

7,167,851
6,337,287

Administration

4,419,063
3,660,611

Total Support Services

$11,586,914
$9,997,898

Total Expenditures

$67,933,713
$65,321,897

Funds for Future Ministries

$166,226
$385,270

Financials by Percentage

2019

2018

Ministry Activities

82.9%
84.7%

Fundraising

10.6%%
9.7%

Administration

6.5%
5.6%

Canadian Christian Council of Christian Charities seal

Compassion Canada proudly accepts the Seal of Organizational Integrity and Accountability from the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.


WE LOVE JESUS

I have a friend who one day said to me that she cannot bear to live because of her problems. Her mother passed away so she lives with her father. They couldn’t afford the school tuition fee so she felt desperate. I explained, “You still have God.” Now my friend has hope because she’s given everything into Jesus’ hand.
—Fifi, a sponsored teen in Indonesia

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WE LOVE JESUS

I have a friend who one day said to me that she cannot bear to live because of her problems. Her mother passed away so she lives with her father. They couldn’t afford the school tuition fee so she felt desperate. I explained, “You still have God.” Now my friend has hope because she’s given everything into Jesus’ hand.
—Fifi, a sponsored teen in Indonesia

Leadership

Board of Directors

Chair

Rev. Ian Lawson
Lethbridge, Alberta
Adjunct Faculty Member of Briercrest College and Seminary

Vice-chair

Mark Fletcher
Halifax, Nova Scotia
VP of Projects and Construction, Teng Inc

Jennifer Adkins
Langley, British Columbia
Race and Ethnic Relations Specialist
PhD Student, University of British Columbia

David Burton
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Atlantic Regional Director General,Government of Canada (Canadian Heritage)

Dr. Marie Geschwandtner
Ottawa, Ontario
Chiropractor, Hunt Club Chiropractic Clinic

Len Hummel
Scarborough, Ontario
Executive Director, Pentecostal Financial Services Group & Pension Fund, for the PAOC

Dr. Andrew Johnson
Calgary, Alberta
Infectious Diseases Specialist, Foothills Medical Centre

Clark Kassian
Calgary, Alberta
Lawyer, Dentons Canada LLP

Shannon Williams
Duncan, British Columbia
Teacher, Cowichan School District


Executive Leadership

Allison Alley
President and CEO

Tim DeWeerd
CFO & Executive Director of Business Services

Janice MacInnis
Executive Director of Marketing

Deb Wilkins
Executive Director of Engagement

Mike Carmody
Executive Director of Technology

Misty Ropp
Executive Director of Human Resources


Past Presidents

Barry Slauenwhite, 1993 – 2019

Dave Macleod, 1983 – 1993

Rev. Jim Somerville, 1972 – 1983


Meetings

Board Meetings

October 25 – 26, 2018
January 31 – February 1, 2019
June 13 – 14, 2019

Finance and Audit Committee Meetings

September 6, 2018
May 23, 2019

Nominating and Governance Meetings

October 22, 2018
January 16, 2019
May 8, 2019

Global impact

Global impact

More than 2,000,000 beneficiaries are being assisted through compassion’s ministry.

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CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua

South America

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru

Africa

  • Burkina Faso
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda

ASIA

  • Bangladesh
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand

PARTNERING WITH THE LOCAL CHURCH AROUND THE WORLD:

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Columbia

Your generosity will help our church partners show the love and compassion of Christ by providing urgent needs of food and hygiene amidst the humanitarian crisis at the Venezuela/Colombia border.

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Ghana

This year Compassion Canada donors will support children living with HIV and their caregivers by providing access to HIV testing, antiretroviral therapy and ongoing medical care and counselling.

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Uganda

Compassion Canada donors are funding Survival initiatives at different Child Development Centres helping babies thrive and women escape poverty, illiteracy, and domestic violence while providing basic needs.

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Indonesia and Haiti

This year the generosity of Compassion Canada donors will ensure that children have access to a clean washroom and a place to learn proper hygiene practices, decreasing their vulnerability to infectious diseases.

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Gifts of Compassion

OUR ANNUAL GIFT CATALOGUE continues to make real impact in the world. It’s one way that we see the lives of our generous supporters in Canada change as their giving brings transformation to children around the world.

Last year nearly 4,000 Canadians gave Gifts of Compassion, purchasing more than 12,000 gifts for children and their families.

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HEART TO HEART: An inspiring update from Uganda

Saviour was born with a heart defect. Without surgery, only one in four children with his condition live to see their 10th birthday. What’s more, the surgery is expensive and isn’t available in Saviour’s home country of Uganda.

For a family living in poverty, surgery was simply out of the question.

As Canadians’ hearts were touched by Saviour’s story, their generosity helped to bring transformation for the brave young boy. Strategic giving through the gift catalogue enabled Saviour to travel to India for heart surgery, which was a success.

Today, Saviour is doing well! He will still need a second surgery, so in the coming fiscal year, we will ask Canadians to again pray with us for his health and to give generously toward another successful surgery.

What a blessing, this annual way Canadians give—it is truly changing hearts!

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Highlights

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4,107 children protected from dengue fever in Peru.

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250 toddlers in Colombia received nutritious meals and dietary supplements.

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4,136 children received access to clean water through new wells.


Around the world

Stories of transformation

WE LOVE KIDS

Karunia, who bravely and beautifully lives with Apert syndrome, has thrived since she was enrolled in a Survival program in Indonesia as a 1-year old. She loves leading prayers and singing at her Compassion centre.

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MATHEUS

As a teen, Matheus (Brazil) discovered his passion for photography at a Compassion centre workshop. He now studies advertising and marketing in college and aspires to be a media professional. He is also now mentoring youth in photography at the Compassion centre he attended as a child.

JEANNETTE

Two and a half years after the genocide, Jeannette (Rwanda) was registered in the Compassion program at a local church. Compassion helped Jeannette move forward to embrace a future full of possibility. She is now working as a pharmacist and plans to pursue a master’s degree.

JOHN

Thanks to Compassion’s commitment to helping young leaders pursue higher education, John (Peru) was able to study at one of the best universities in the country. John studied physical therapy, and graduated top of his class. Today, he works at a highly respected clinic, is married and has a young son. He also serves as lead pastor at his church.

WE LOVE KIDS

Karunia, who bravely and beautifully lives with Apert syndrome, has thrived since she was enrolled in a Survival program in Indonesia as a 1-year old. She loves leading prayers and singing at her Compassion centre.

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LIVES CHANGE AT COMPASSION CENTRES. HERE’S HOW:

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Age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleship

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Formal and non-formal educational opportunities

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Health care, hygiene training and supplementary food

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Personal attention, guidance and love


We love the church

Pastor Darío at a new Church Plant in Cerro Colorado, Peru. Their partnership with Compassion features childbased learning and play in every area of the building and has become a symbol of hope, serving 150 children and their families.

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We love the church

Pastor Darío at a new Church Plant in Cerro Colorado, Peru. Their partnership with Compassion features childbased learning and play in every area of the building and has become a symbol of hope, serving 150 children and their families.

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Did you know?

IN FISCAL 2019, COMPASSION CANADA:

  • Marked the 111,727th child sponsored by 82,418 Canadians
  • Celebrated close to 11,000 new child sponsorships
  • Welcomed more than 200 new volunteers
  • Presented our mission at events organized with 320 Canadian churches in a total of 220 different cities and towns across the country
  • Saw 526 supporters embark on a total of 97 trips and visits to meet individually with 343 sponsored children
  • Delivered 484,395 letters written by Compassion-sponsored children to their sponsors
  • Mobilized over 1,000 volunteers to serve at 225 events
  • Engaged with donors and prospective donors in over 22,000 phone calls, 6,000 chats and more than 21,000 emails through our Support Centre
  • Received 12,000 gifts for children and their families through our annual Gifts of Compassion catalogue
  • Moved the Annual Report online to increase financial stewardship and transparency
  • Built upon the incredible talents of its existing staff by hiring 22 new employees
  • Produced or partnered 68 live events including 11 shows on the Hillsong Young and Free Tour
  • Saw sponsors write 187,369 physical letters and 95,396 online letters