Skip Navigation Links
MyPlan Login


2015 Plan Canada annual review and financials

Plan Canada ensures that a maximum amount of money goes to programs that directly benefit children, keeping administrative costs low and program spending high. In 2015, we focused on commitments to children in more than 85,000 communities over the long term. The costs of fundraising and operations are at an average of 19.5 cents of each dollar raised, with the remaining 80.5 cents of every dollar going to programs that benefit children and their families and communities.

Total revenue over the past five years ($ Millions)

Total revenue over 5 years chart

Over the past five years, revenue has grown by


Detailed breakdown for 2015

Revenue sources

Expenditures pie chart
 Child sponsorship 39.1%
 Government & other grants 33.3%
 Gifts in kind 15%
 Contributions, gifts & bequests 12.4%
 Investments & other income 0.2%
Total revenue ($million) $202.6


Revenue sources pie chart
 Program expenditures 80.5%
 Fundraising 13.5%
 Operations 6%
Total expenditures ($million) $198.8

Program expenditures

Total revenue pie chart
 Maternal & child newborn health and development 32.6%
 Emergencies and food assistance 24.7%
 Education 14%
 Economic security 6.4%
 Water and sanitation 5.5%
 Child protection 4.9%
 Sponsorship and programmatic communications 3.4%
 Child participation 2.5%
 Sexual and reproductive health 6%
Program expenditures – 80.5% of total expenditures

How donations reach communities

Plan pools child sponsorship contributions and sends them to community development projects that benefit children. Designated contributions, such as major financial donations and Gifts of Hope – go to the project chosen by the donor and are managed by Plan. In all cases, Plan funds projects developed with community members, including projects for new wells, schools, health clinics, emergency relief and projects for starting small businesses. We do whatever is needed to create a sustainable environment in which children, families and communities can thrive.