Accountability and Transparency
Our promise of financial accountability
89.9% of the money that supports family ministry comes from donors like you!
Only a fraction of every dollar contributed to Focus on the Family Canada comes from the sale of home-strengthening materials or other sources. So we must rely on the generosity of friends like you who benefit from family ministry. That’s why we’re very serious about earning your trust by using your support carefully and conservatively. If you find value in this ministry, please prayerfully consider supporting us now!
Efficiency and effectiveness
Every dollar you give to help support family is stretched to provide maximum impact and efficiency. We’ll honor your gifts — many of which we know are sacrificial — by being wise and careful stewards.
In fact, 80% of Focus on the Family Canada’s efforts and delivered directly to families through ministry programs and services that depend on the generosity of friends like you.
As the chart shows, 80 cents of every dollar you give goes directly to ministry that strengthens families, brings people to Christ and helps them grow in Him.
Meeting the highest ethical standards
We are stewards of all the resources God entrusts to us, and we’re accountable to our ministry partners, and to God, for how we use all that we receive. That’s why we’re committed to keeping our donors informed of our progress through regular reporting and why we’re certified members of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC), an independent standards setting organization. Focus on the Family Canada is reaccredited every year by the CCCC and closely adheres to the CCCC Standards of Organizational Integrity and Accountability.
Integrity in fundraising
The way an organization handles its finances is a reflection of its integrity and reliability in every area. We are guided by six principles and policies in our fundraising efforts:
We believe that this ministry belongs of God and that we are merely His managers and stewards. He calls us to be accountable to His objectives, interests and concerns.
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away (Job 1:21). As long as He supplies the means, we will serve others in His name. We understand that the future of His work does not depend on the survival of this organization.
We won’t hesitate to let you know about our financial circumstances, both in the good times and in the bad. But we will not beg or resort to disrespectful or dishonorable fundraising, nor will we try to raise more money than we need.
We will try not to run the ministry at a deficit. If on occasion it becomes necessary to borrow funds to cover large or unforeseen expenses, we will do our best to repay the loan as quickly as possible.
We believe that your first financial obligation is to your local church. We request that you support the work of your own faith community first, before you contribute to Focus on the Family Canada.
We will provide you with a tax receipt for donations of $5.00 and over.
These guidelines have defined our philosophy of financial stewardship and shaped our approach to fundraising. They are based upon a firm conviction that everything we are and everything we have comes to us by the grace of God. If we remain faithful, we’re confident that the Lord will sustain us while His purposes for this ministry endure.
Donations Given to Specific Projects
The majority of our annual operating budget sustains our essential services and programs. Each year, we strive to increase our outreach to families through a number of priority projects — either by expanding our existing projects or creating new projects altogether.
Each restricted contribution designated toward these projects will be used for the purpose for which it was given with the understanding that when the need for such a project has been met or cannot be completed for any reason determined by the Board, the remaining restricted contributions designated for the project will be used where needed most. (CCCC Standard 7, #6)