44 Eccles Street #200
Ottawa, ON K1R 6S4
CEO: Glenn Mifflin
Board Chair: Frank O’Dea

Charitable Reg. #:81111 6813 RR0001


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

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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) 60 cents are available for programs.

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About Cuso International:

Founded in 1961, Cuso International aims to reduce poverty and inequality around the world. Cuso works in the Caribbean, Central America, East Africa, North America, Southeast Asia, and West and Central Africa. Cuso’s three focus areas are Community, Health, and Livelihood.

Cuso International’s Community program focuses on access to justice, transparency, citizen participation, gender equality, and governance. In F2018, Cuso’s Enda El Alto project in Bolivia helped 120 girls and women to find paid work. In Columbia, 7,147 people earned certificates through Cuso’s vocational training. In F2018, Cuso International helped 3,783 join the workforce.

Cuso International’s Health program focuses on maternal, newborn and child health, and quality health services. In F2018, 1,120 people benefitted from Cuso’s work in Ethiopia, including marginalized women, community health workers, midwives and nurses. Additionally, 300 Ethiopian women were treated at a new gynecology clinic in F2018.

Cuso International’s Livelihood program focuses on job education and skills training, entrepreneurship support, and sustainable agriculture. In F2018, Cuso trained 4,673 Nigerian youth in entrepreneurship, and gave 690 of them technical training. In the Philippines, 72 micro-enterprises were trained and mentored in F2018.

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Results and Impact

In F2018, Cuso International trained 24 instructors in Tanzania in midwifery. These instructors then trained 240 other midwives. In Columbia, Cuso’s program helped 167 small business owners to increase profitability in F2018.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Cuso International’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence gave Cuso an impact rating of Fair based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Fair

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Cuso International is a medium-sized charity, with total donations of $4.6m in F2018. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues and fundraising costs are 35% of donations. For every dollar donated, 60 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $9.2m can cover four months of annual program costs, excluding volunteer in kind.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Cuso International. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 21, 2019 by Lauren Chin. With additional information posted on Cuso's website, Cuso's results reporting grade was re-evaluated on October 21, 2019.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.0%8.8%9.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 34.8%44.3%41.9%
Total overhead spending 39.8%53.1%51.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 23.1%41.6%69.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,5743,1922,913
Goods in kind 12,7258,5233,117
Government funding 27,20222,07414,578
Investment income 132186(5)
Total revenues 44,63333,97520,605
Program costs 39,81929,24917,751
Administrative costs 2,2302,9732,006
Fundraising costs 1,5931,4131,221
Total spending 43,64233,63520,978
Cash flow from operations 991340(373)
Capital spending 124017
Funding reserves 9,18012,16212,252

Note: Ci adjusted program, administrative and fundraising costs for amortization on a pro-rata basis, reducing expenses by $378k in F2016. Ci excluded the value of volunteer time of $12.7m in F2018, $8.5m in F2017 and $3.1m in F2016 from Program Costs to calculate program cost coverage.   

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 210

Avg. Compensation: $52,465

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 F2018

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To contact Cuso, please call 613.829.7445