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2016 Plan Canada annual review and financials 2016 Plan Canada annual review and financials

Plan International Canada ensures that a maximum amount of money goes to programs that directly benefit children, keeping administrative costs low and program spending high. The costs of fundraising and operations are at an average of 18.3 cents of each dollar raised, with the remaining 81.7 cents of every dollar going to programs that benefit children, as well as their families and communities.

Total revenue over the past five years (in $ millions)

Revenue by Fiscal Year
2016   210.5
2015   202.6
2014   170.8
2013   166.5
2012   146.8
50 100 150 200 250
$ million

Over the past five years, revenue has grown by


Detailed breakdown for 2016

Revenue sources

 Child sponsorship 36.8%
 Government & other grants 36.2%
 Gifts in kind 16.6%
 Contributions, gifts & bequests 10.2%
 Investments & other income 0.2%
Total revenue: $210.5 million


 Program expenditures 81.7%
 Fundraising 11.6%
 Operations 6.7%
Total expenditures: $208 million

Program expenditures

 Maternal & child newborn health and development 24.1%
 Emergencies and food assistance 28.4%
 Education 16.6%
 Economic security 5.6%
 Water and sanitation 6.9%
 Child protection 4.5%
 Sponsorship and programmatic communications 4.0%
 Child participation 2.4%
 Sexual and reproductive health 7.4%
 Development Education 0.1%
Program expenditures – 81.7% of total expenditures

How donations reach communities

Plan International 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 International. In all cases, Plan International 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.