Farm Radio International is once again honoured to be named a Top 10 International Impact Charity by Charity Intelligence. The institution, Canada’s “charity watchdog,” has also listed Farm Radio among its overall top 2023 100 charities in the country.
It is in no small part thanks to the trust awarded in us by our donors, funders and many partners that enable us to make the impact that we do, year after year.
What does it mean to be a Top 10 International Impact Charity?
Charity Intelligence’s impact rating is based on one thing: “for every dollar you donate, what is the measurable return to clients and society?”
In short, they look at the demonstrated impact per dollar donated.
“Some charity models just don't work,” Kate Bahen, managing director of Charity Intelligence said in an interview with us last year.
“They can put all the passion, all the blood, all the sweat, tears into a program, but at the end of the day, there's no difference that you can measure in the people who use the charity's programs. That's what impact is. Impact is, did this charity make a difference for every dollar you put in? Was it average impact? Was it good impact? And Farm Radio is high impact. For every dollar you put into Farm Radio, we're seeing extraordinarily high results coming out of that.”
It’s something we are proud to be recognized for. Delivering services that millions of people can take advantage of in a way that makes a meaningful difference in their lives – and doing so in a cost effective manner – is at the core of what we do.
In 2022-23, at least 24 million people listened to regular interactive radio programs supported by Farm Radio International. Of them, 4.8 million improved their practices because of those programs.
Top 100 2023 Charities in Canada
Farm Radio was also named among the top 100 charities in Canada by Charity Intelligence (Charity Intelligence does not provide a smaller list. For example, it does not name the overall top five or 10 or 50), and continues to maintain its 5-star rating from the organisation.
To be recognized among these other organisations that do such good work in Canada and around the world is a privilege and a vote of confidence in not only our work, but the work of the charitable sector in Canada.
The 5-star charity evaluations are based on a charity’s results reporting, financial transparency, need for funding, cents to the cause, and their social impact rating.
“Everyone that works for or along with Farm Radio International puts a tremendous amount of energy, time, commitment, and creativity toward delivering results for rural communities in Africa. We are inspired by the impact that we see everyday. But it is wind in our sails – heartening and gratifying – when an independent assessment concludes that we are among the most impactful international charities in Canada,” said Kevin Perkins, Farm Radio International’s executive director.
This is an honour we don’t take lightly.
We are only able to do this work thanks to the donations from the generous individuals, foundations and institutions that act as partners in our work. We strive to be transparent and open to learning so that we can stay accountable to the communities we work in, the partners we work with, and the donors who trust us with their gifts.
We know that small actions – your small actions – can make a huge difference in the lives of millions.
Thank you for helping us make that happen.
If you are not yet a donor, please consider making a gift this holiday season. We thank you for your support.