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where your
money goes

At Plan International Canada, we are constantly balancing our commitment to ensure that the maximum amount of money is spent on programs that directly benefit children. Our focus is to meet and grow our commitments to children, as well as the more than 86,000 communities we work with over the long term.


financial overview

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

Revenue by fiscal year
2020   241
2019   241.3
2018   236.4
2017   222.9
2016   210.5
50 100 150 200 250 300
$ million

Over the past five years, revenue has grown by 14%

5yr chart

Revenue – where our support comes from

revenue chart
 Government & other grants 45.7%
 Child sponsorship income 29.2%
 Contributions, gifts & bequests 13.6%
 Gifts in kind 10.6%
 Investments & other income 0.9%
 Total revenue 100.0%

Where our money goes


How our resources were used

expenditures chart
 Program expenditures 78.8%
 Fundraising 14.2%
 Operations 7%
 Total expenditures 100.0%
Total expenditures in dollars: $235 M

Program expenditures

Areas of work this funding supported

expenditures chart
 Maternal & child health/development 38.8%
 Emergencies & food assistance 17.7%
 Sexual & reproductive health 13.3%
 Education 12.0%
 Child protection 8.0%
 Strengthening women's rights 3.9%
 Economic security 2.5%
 Sponsorship and Programmatic Communications 2.5%
 Water & sanitation 1.3%
 Total expenditures 100.0%

Programs 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 benefit 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 benefits to children and communities are achieved as intended.

In 2020, we spent 21 cents of each dollar raised on fundraising and operations costs. The remaining 79 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 development projects that benefit all of the children and families in that community.

Designated contributions – such as major financial donations, Gifts of Hope, or ongoing contributions to project and community 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, the funds support projects that have been developed in collaboration with community members – including children. Plan International works closely with communities to build schools, educate teachers, dig wells, open health clinics, provide vocational training, innovate to improve crop yields, give people access to loans to start small businesses and much more.

Past annual reviews

Past Annual reviews

Learn how your contributions have helped make lasting improvements in the lives of children.

Read past annual reviews