At Plan International Canada, we are committed to financial accountability and always ensure that the maximum amount of money is spent on programs that directly support children. Our focus is to meet and grow our commitments to children as well as to the more than 60,000 communities we work with over the long term.

Below you can see a detailed breakdown of our financial review, including where donations come from – like government grants and gifts in kind – and, most importantly, how donations are used to best support the children we partner with around the world.



Where our support comes from

Government and other grants 46.1%
Child Sponsorship income 28.5%
Gifts in kind 12.7%
Contributions, gifts and bequests 12.5%
Investments and other income 0.2%
Total revenue: $237 M

Where our money goes

Program expenditures 81.1%
Fundraising 12.0%
Operations 6.9%
Total expenditures $231M

Program expenditures

Areas of work this funding supported:

Health, water and sanitation 30.8%
Humanitarian response 25.1%
Sexual and reproductive health 15.1%
Education 11.0%
Child protection 7.3%
Strengthening human rights and civic engagement 4.9%
Economic security 3.4%
Sponsorship communications 2.4%
Total expenditures 100.0%

Program expenditure ratio

Plan International Canada is committed to keeping administrative costs low and program spending high.

We have systems and policies in place to ensure that the maximum amount of money goes to programs that support children in the countries where we work while we also grow our base of dedicated supporters. These systems ensure that our programs are well-funded and that work with children and communities is achieved as intended.

In 2021, we spent 19 cents of each dollar raised on fundraising and operations costs. The remaining 81 cents went directly to programs that positively impact children, their families and their communities.


How donations reach communities

Child Sponsorship contributions are pooled centrally and go to community-wide development projects that are led by and for the children and families in that community.

Designated contributions like major financial donations, Gifts of Hope and ongoing contributions to Project Sponsorships go to the project chosen by the donor and are managed by Plan International Canada in collaboration with Plan International’s Country Offices.

In all cases, we collaborate with community members, including children, to develop the most needed programs, which are then supported by our funds. Plan International partners with communities to build schools, dig wells, open health clinics, provide vocational training like green business skills and teacher training, innovate ways to improve agriculture, help people access loans to start small businesses and much more.

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2021 Annual review

See how your contributions are helping to create sustainable advancements when it comes to children’s rights and equality for girls in our 2021 Annual Review. View our other statements for more information.

» Plan International Canada 2021 Annual Review (online)
» Plan Canada Detailed Financial Statements 2021
» Registered Charity Information Return (T3010)

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