Vets Without Borders

700 Industrial Ave
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Y9
Executive Director: Charmaine Brett
Board Chair: Jennifer Ogeer

Charitable Reg. #:84146 9547 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 81 cents are available for programs.

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About Vets Without Borders:

Vets Without Borders is a four-star charity that is financially transparent. It has a B results reporting grade, which is average. For every dollar donated to the charity, 81 cents are available to go to the cause.

Founded in 2005, Vets Without Borders (VWB) runs programs in 17 countries to help with the health of animals, people, and the environment. The charity believes that a sustainable relationship between humans, animals, and the environment improves the living conditions of all people. VWB spent $4.0m on five different programs in fiscal 2023 (the year ending March). The programs are Ukraine Animal Crisis, Volunteers Engaged in Gender-Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS), International Aid, Northern Animal Health Initiative (NAHI), and Agriculture-Based Growth and Resilience Opportunities for Women (AGROW).

Its Ukraine Animal Crisis program was 37% of program spending in F2023. The program was developed as a response to the war in Ukraine with a goal to help war-affected shelters and households, as well as save animals in the crisis. In 2023, Vets Without Borders delivered 1,189 tonnes of pet food, collaborated with ten Ukrainian partners, supplied shelters with 20 generators, and completed 5,524 spay/neuter surgeries. 

The VETS program was 26% of program spending in F2023. This program offers training sessions and support in six countries in Africa and Asia to improve their nutritional and financial well-being. In 2023, VWB ran 118 hygiene sessions in Kenya, 876 gender-responsive training sessions in Ghana, and trained 151 community animal health workers in Senegal.

Its International program was 15% of program spending in F2023. VWB works in South Sudan, Turkey, Bahamas, Czech Republic, and Pakistan. South Sudan takes up the largest proportion of this spending. In South Sudan, 41,000 animals were vaccinated, VWB distributed 2,200 livestock to 550 farmers.

The NAHI program was 14% of program spending in F2023. VWB’s 2017 study found that 54 remote communities in Canada’s northern territories had little or no veterinary services. In 2023, VWB vaccinated 718 animals, and trained four community local residents on how to vaccinate animals.

The AGROW program received 8% of program spending in F2023. This is a three-year program with the goal to improve agriculture practices and empower women and girls in Cambodia. AGROW hopes to reach a total of 66,856 women in 3 districts and 48 villages.

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Results and Impact

Vets Without Borders released surveyed data from 2022-2023 on the impact of its International program in South Sudan. This program takes up 15% of VWB’s total program spending. The results were:

58% of farmers reported improved food security.

72% of farmers reported improved livelihoods.

There was a 24% increase in cows’ daily milk production (from 0.46L to 0.57L).

There was a 26% increase in the average weight of mature goats (from 13.5kg to 17kg). 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Vets Without Borders Results and Impact. Charity Intelligence has not yet measured VWB’s impact rating (n/r).


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In F2023, Vets Without Borders received $2.9m in donations, a 48% increase from F2022. In 2023, they also had $2.1m in government funding, representing 42% of total revenue. Administrative costs are 16% of revenue, and fundraising costs are 3%. In F2023, VWB spent 19% on overhead costs, excluding volunteer time. For every dollar, 81 cents are available to go to the cause. In 2023, VWB spent $4.0 million on its programs which represents 80% of its total revenue in 2023.

In 2023, VWB had a surplus of $109k (2.2%) of total revenue and spent $4,938 on capital expenditures. 

At the end of F2023, VWB has $1.7m in reserve funds, which can cover 43% or four months of its annual program costs.

Profile created on May 22, 2024 by Abby Stout.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.9%10.2%14.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.2%4.0%15.1%
Total overhead spending 19.1%14.2%30.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 42.5%107.3%37.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,913,4881,963,113505,279
Government funding 2,092,3571,836,997844,604
Other income 2,8472740
Total revenues 5,008,6923,800,3841,349,883
Program costs - International 000
Program costs - Canada 3,985,2051,535,836842,904
Grants 21,793029,000
Administrative costs 798,151387,522200,994
Fundraising costs 93,28077,74676,421
Total spending 4,898,4292,001,1041,149,319
Cash flow from operations 110,2631,799,280200,564
Capital spending 4,93800
Funding reserves 1,702,8631,647,440327,649

Note: DEFERRED ADJUSTMENT: VWB uses deferred accounting. To show donors this information on a consistent basis, Ci adjusts for deferred revenues. This affected revenue by $348k in F2023, $178k in F2022, and $279k in F2021. These adjustments are not material. GOODS IN KIND (VOLUNTEER TIME): VWB includes volunteer time as an in-kind expense. To report on a consistent basis with other charities, Ci has removed non-monetary volunteer expense. This affected expenses by ($1.2m) in F2023, ($1.4m) in F2022, and (164k) in F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 18

Avg. compensation: $65,694

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2023

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001