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Financial Overview

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.


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

Revenue by Fiscal Year
2017   222.9
2016   210.5
2015   202.6
2014   170.8
2013   166.5
50 100 150 200 250
$ million

Over the past five years, revenue has grown by


Detailed breakdown for 2017

Revenue sources

 Child sponsorship 34%
 Government & other grants 40%
 Gifts in kind 15%
 Contributions, gifts & bequests 11%
 Investments & other income <1%
Total revenue: $222.9 million


 Program expenditures 82%
 Fundraising 11%
 Operations 7%
Total expenditures: $222.9 million

Program expenditures

 Maternal & child newborn health and development 32%
 Emergencies and food assistance 24%
 Education 16%
 Economic security 5%
 Water and sanitation 5%
 Child protection 4%
 Sponsorship and programmatic communications 1%
 Child participation 2%
 Sexual and reproductive health 11%
Program expenditures – 82% of total expenditures

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.