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Inter Pares

221 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, ON K1N 6P1
Executive Director: Kathryn Dingle & Rita Morbia
Board Chair: Sari Tudiver

Charitable Reg. #: 11897 1100 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B-

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

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2016 2017 2018
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #17

Avg. Compensation $78,406

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 10
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Inter Pares:

Founded in Ottawa in 1975, Inter Pares works with its international counterparts — local and national activist organizations — to help communities confront injustice, implement solutions, develop innovative initiatives, and advocate to communities’ governments. Inter Pares is also committed to engaging Canadians in the struggles for justice and equality that people face around the world Inter Pares focuses on issues surrounding women's equality, peace and democracy, economic justice, food sovereignty, health, and migration. Last year, Malaysian authorities arrested, detained, and brutally treated more than 1,800 refugees, including pregnant women, children, and the elderly. In 2018, attacks against human rights defenders protesting corporate abuses increased by 34% worldwide. Inter Pares works with 108 counterparts: 17 in Canada, ten in Central America, four in South Americasix in Africa, four in South Asia, and 67 in Southeast Asia. 

Inter Pares’ work to support women’s equality focuses on women’s health, women’s leadership, feminism, violence against women, and women’s rights. Inter Pares works with Likhaan Centre for Women’s Health, a feminist, civil organization. In 2018, 13,068 people were reached by Likhaan Centre through education sessions.  

Inter Pares focuses programs on Peace and Democracy, working towards freedom of expression, human rights, and indigenous and ethnic rights. In 2012, Poder Mestizo was formed by a group of LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. Poder Mestizo is one of 48 grassroots groups supported by Inter Pares. The group provides a platform for youth to express themselves through art, music, dance and social mobilization, as well as contribute efforts to build peace and justice through awareness programs.  

Inter Pares works to help people in communities where food sovereignty is prevalent. Its focus is agriculture, biodiversity, food policy, and land and food security. In F2018, Inter Pares worked as a counterpart in Tiniguena, overseeing an innovative school garden and meals program. It helped Tiniguena work with 2,000 women farmers, who are providing 5,000 school children from 37 schools with fresh, organic vegetables. 

Results and Impact: In F2018, Inter Pares’ work with food sovereignty helped 2,500 families in poor regions of Bolivia to triple their incomes by growing and marketing oregano internationally.  Every year, these farmers see 650 metric tons of their product cross the border to reach several markets in South America and even Europe.  Inter Pares also works with Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) in Afghanistan. AKFC supports greenhouse technologies and in-home gardening, each of which have low start-up costs and allow families to meet their needs. Together, these efforts have helped increase food consumption scores across Badakhshan Province from 58% to 81% since 2014. 

Financial Review:

Inter Pares is a medium-sized charity, with donations of $2.1m in F2018. Its administrative costs are 4% of revenues, and its fundraising costs are 21% of donations. For every dollar donated, 75 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

The charity has funding reserves of $8.3m. This results in a program cost coverage of 151%, meaning that funding reserves can cover 1.5 years of its annual program costs. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Inter Pares for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 3, 2019 by Parker Thomlinson.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.1%3.1%3.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.7%17.7%18.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 150.5%143.9%143.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,1192,1752,106
Government funding 3,9554,3284,304
Investment income 154163182
Total revenues 6,2276,6656,591
Program costs 5,5615,7895,605
Administrative costs 249203247
Fundraising costs 439385385
Cash flow from operations (22)288355
Funding reserves 8,3708,3308,046
Note: Ci has adjusted for deferred donations, increasing revenues by $269k in F2018, $317k in F2017, and, $496k in F2016. Ci reduced program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rated basis to account for amortization of capital assets.

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comments refer to a previous Inter Pares profile. The charity has been asked to provide updated comments. 

Through the 2015 social results reporting framework of Charity Intelligence, Inter Pares’ received a score of zero on the following questions:

• Does the charity provide quantification of the prevalence, scope and/or magnitude of the problem?

• Are the outputs or levels of service provided compared with previous years?

• Does the charity provide numeric expectations for program outputs?

• Are provided outcomes compared with previous years?

• Does the charity state goals for outcomes?

• Has the charity disclosed definitions and calculations for outcome measurements?

• Has the report been assured?

• Does the charity present a thoughtful assessment of program results?

• Does the charity report what it has learned during the past two years?

• Does the charity report changes made during the past year to programming as a result of what they learned?

These are all interesting and useful questions to ask a charity in regards to its programs, if using a results-based-management approach to social change. These are also all standard questions posed to charities by large funders including the Government of Canada, from whom Inter Pares receives funding. Inter Pares produce extensive reports several times per year which provide data to address these kind of quantifiable outcomes. We also now include a sampling of those concrete numeric outcomes in our December Highlights published each year.

However, Inter Pares has decided not to orient our communications materials towards results-based management to the extent that would lead to high scores on the above questions, for the simple reason that we work with 123 counterpart organizations who are working in 37 countries around the world. To provide quantitative data on the results and lessons learned of all these organizations involves hundreds of pages of reports. In our conversations with our donors, we have often been told that lengthy statistical reports are not what our donors demand from us. Instead Inter Pares uses an approach that focuses on giving concrete individual examples of pieces of our work, as a way of illustrating a bigger picture.

We commend Charity Intelligence Canada for their extensive efforts in facilitating public comparisons of Canadian charities. Due to Inter Pares’ communications approach that focuses on concrete, detailed examples rather than results-based-management, we expect to continue to receive low scores in this assessment.

If you are an Inter Pares supporter and would like to receive or discuss our most recent report to Global Affairs Canada, please call Jack Hui Litster at 1-866-563-4801.

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