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2015 Plan Canada annual review and financials

Ending global poverty is a long-term undertaking that requires a wide range of formidable partners and donors. Plan’s work wouldn’t be possible without them. They know that Plan takes accountability and transparency seriously. They know that children and communities rely on these relationships of trust. Thank you to all our partners and donors.

Individuals 217,536
Bequests 60
Corporations & Businesses 611
Foundations 76
Schools 513
Institutional Partners 6
Community Groups & Organizations 2,885
Celebrated Ambassadors 20
Total donors in Canada : 221,707

Supporters’ spotlight: Sears Canada

In celebration of International Day of the Girl 2014, Sears Canada partnered with Plan to make a difference through a special digital campaign. For every campaign image shared or re-tweeted through Facebook and Twitter, Sears donated $1 to send girls in developing countries to school. The campaign raised $29,359. This was part of Sears larger commitment to supporting Plan and helping young people in the developing world reach their full potential. Through their sponsorship and through the proceeds from the net sales of their trendy girls’ clothing line, Girl Confidential, Sears is supporting a community in Bangladesh to help the community members develop the tools they need and learn the skills to become self-sufficient. Through corporate philanthropy and sponsorship of campaigns like Day of the Girl, Sears is helping to give girls hope for a better, brighter future.

Child marriages

During a live social media event in Toronto, Princess Mabel van Oranje, from the Netherlands, joined Canada’s Minister of State and 40 young, Canadian women who discussed the importance of ending child and forced marriages. “Canada has made ending child, early and forced marriage a foreign policy and development priority,” said Minister Yelich. “This harmful practice threatens the lives and futures of girls and young women around the world.” The young women were unanimous in their call to action to stop the practice.

Spread the word – and the net

Mosquitos are the world’s deadliest creature. When infected with malaria, they kill nearly 584,000 people each year, more than any creature on earth. During mosquito season this year, Plan exhibited a wall of live mosquitoes that were shielded by a life-saving bed net at the Toronto Eaton Centre. The event generated awareness of malaria and our Spread the Net initiative. Since 2007, the campaign has protected the lives of more than 9.6 million people.

Post-It awareness

In celebration of International Day of the Girl (October 11), Plan installed a Post-It Note art installation in downtown Toronto, inviting passing consumers to write a message of inspiration for girls. An artist added each message to the 10-by-eight-foot installation, so that the notes accumulated and became an image of a baby girl’s face. Canadians took photos and also wrote notes about girls’ rights for a virtual wall at and #BrighterFuture.

Girl-powered problem-solving

On International Women’s Day (March 8), Plan called on Canadians to create a brighter future for women and girls. Recognizing the connection between girls’ education and women’s empowerment, Plan teamed up with the Toronto District School Board’s Young Women on the Move initiative. Together, we hosted Girl-Powered Problem Solving, an inspiring event that brought together more than 400 girls and their mentors. The event raised awareness about the 63-million girls worldwide who are denied the right to go to school.

Strong girls, strong world

Plan Canada, YWCA Canada, YMCA Canada and Status of Women Canada announced a new program to implement 10 young women and girl-led projects across Canada. Strong Girls, Strong World empowers young women and girls to become leaders and agents of change by addressing issues that girls face in their communities, and will represent a diversity of girls nationwide. This is part of an ongoing partnership with Status of Women Canada and Plan’s first partnership with the Y’s.

Student Challenge winners

Rick Mercer is a celebrated comedian and co-founder of Plan’s Spread the Net initiative. This year, he and Plan announced the winners of our Spread the Net Student Challenge, a friendly, nationwide competition between schools that raises funds for malaria-preventing bed nets in Africa. The three winners were Algonquin College (in Ottawa), Kew Beach Junior Public School (Toronto), and John F. Ross Collegiate and Vocational Institute (Guelph). These top three schools raised $62,000 of the $150,000 total raised through the Challenge. The money went to bed nets that will prevent malaria-infected mosquitoes from biting children and their families at night. Canadian students are helping to save lives while increasing awareness of the challenges faced by children in developing countries.

Top 20 Under 20

This year, Plan acquired the Top 20 Under 20 Awards Program, which recognizes 20 extraordinary young Canadians under the age of 20 who demonstrate outstanding leadership, innovation, achievement and community work. The 20 winners in 2015 reached more than 100,000 people through their own initiatives. “The Top 20 Under 20 leadership summit is all about voice,” one recipient said. “It allows us to find it, amplifies it and morphs it into a form that inspires, mobilizes and resonates with the global youth of today.”

Institutional partners and donors who made a difference

Throughout the year, Plan Canada worked with 24 institutional partners around the world to fulfill its mission to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of children, families and communities in developing countries. Examples of these key partnerships include:

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Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

Global Affairs Canada is the Canadian government’s lead agency for international development, foreign policy and trade.

Many of GAC’s stated priorities fall in line with Plan Canada’s ultimate goals as a non-profit organization, including efforts to increase food security in developing countries, securing the future of children and youth, stimulating sustainable economic growth, promoting the importance of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), and encouraging gender equality across the globe.

GAC works with development partners, like Plan, across public and private sectors, and with key multilateral partners to support countries and regions in times of crisis, and to help fulfill the rights of the world’s poorest, most marginalized people.

In 2013, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) merged with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) to become the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), which became Global Affairs Canada in 2015. Plan Canada had been a partner of CIDA since 1974, and remains a committed partner of GAC today.

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Dubai Cares

Dubai Cares currently works with Plan Canada in the Philippines, Mozambique and South Sudan to enable marginalized children and adolescents, especially girls, to realize their rights to education, participation and empowerment. Dubai Cares also works with Plan Canada in Laos on a research project to demonstrate which interventions are most effective in improving learning outcomes and retention rates of boys and girls through the piloting of different approaches in pre-primary and early-grade primary school.

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Educate A Child

Educate A Child, in partnership with Plan Canada, aims to ensure that 60,000 out-of-school children in Uganda, and 14,100 out-of-school children in Cambodia, including girls, orphans, children affected by conflict, children living in extreme poverty and children with disabilities, realize their right to access and complete a quality basic education.

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

For the past 7 years, Plan Canada has been an active implementing partner of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to achieve impact related to community-led interventions in the fight against these diseases. Plan Canada provides Head Quarter support to its Country Offices in the implementation of these projects that target children under five, pregnant women and at-risk populations.

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Global Sanitation Fund (Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council)

Plan Canada has been supporting GSF-funded initiatives in Malawi and Tanzania since 2010 and 2012 respectively, to eliminate the practice of open defecation, increase local households' access to improved sanitation facilities and promote safe hygiene practices. This includes support in the areas of program and financial management, and technical assistance. By June 2015, some 275,000 people in these two countries have gained access to clean, safe and sustainable toilets.

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World Food Programme (WFP)

Plan Canada works with the United Nations World Food Programme to respond to emergencies and prevent hunger in the future through food security and nutrition initiatives.

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