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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 $ millions)

Revenue by fiscal year
2018   236.4
2017   222.9
2016   210.5
2015   202.6
2014   170.8
50 100 150 200 250
$ million

Over the past five years, revenue has grown by 38.4%

5yr chart

Revenue – where our support comes from

revenue chart
 Government & other grants 46%
 Child sponsorship 32%
 Contributions, gifts & bequests 12%
 Gifts in kind 10%
 Investments & other income <1%
Total revenue: $236.4 million

Where our money goes


How our resources were used

expenditures chart

 Program expenditures 81%
 Fundraising 11%
 Operations 8%
Total expenditures: $235.9 million

Program expenditures

Areas of work this funding supported

expenditures chart

 Maternal & child health/development 37%
 Emergencies & food assistance 17%
 Sexual & reproductive health 15%
 Education 14%
 Economic security 5%
 Child protection 5%
 Water & sanitation 3%
 Sponsorship & programmatic communications 2%
 Child participation 2%

Programs expenditure ratio

Plan International Canada ensures that a maximum amount of money goes to programs that benefit children in the countries where we work, keeping administrative costs low and program spending high.

We acknowledge that fundraising and operations expenditure is critical to ensure that future programs can be funded, our supporter base can grow, and that both can be supported adequately with systems and infrastructure.

The costs of fundraising and operations are at an average of 19 cents of each dollar raised, with the remaining 81 cents of every dollar going to programs that benefit children, their families and 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.