Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

80 Hayden Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2
Executive Director: Will Postma
Board Chair: Rev. Archbishop Fred Hiltz

Charitable Reg. #:86643 4640 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 89 cents are available for programs.

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About Primate's World Relief and Development Fund:

Founded in 1959, Primate’s World Relief Development Fund (PWRDF) is an Anglican charity that helps people suffering from poverty, violence, and other injustices. PWRDF provides money and workers to 58 partner organizations, working in 33 countries including Canada. PWRDF reports that in F2018, approximately 2.1 million people benefitted from its programs including almost 706,000 refugees. The charity’s programs focus on preventative healthcare, food security, economic empowerment of women, supporting indigenous communities, disaster relief, and helping refugees.

Within the preventative health programming, PWRDF funds All Mothers and Children Count with Global Affairs Canada. This four-year project is run in 1,795 villages in Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Mozambique, aiming to reduce illness and death among young women and children under five. Highlights from the first two years of the project include: vaccinating 5,247 pregnant women and 78,595 children in Tanzania; distributing 3,896 packages of food to Rwandan women who are HIV positive, pregnant, or new mothers, and malnourished children; over 1,000 people trained on improved farming techniques in Burundi; and family planning sessions attended by 11,791 people in Mozambique.

Through partnerships with ACT Alliance and Canadian Foodgrains Bank, PWRDF responded to 19 crises in F2019. Aid was delivered following disasters including an earthquake in Indonesia, typhoon in the Philippines, Nepal floods, extreme hunger in South Sudan, and the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. PWRDF was originally founded in response to a coal mine accident in Nova Scotia and the charity continues to address disasters in Canada, with 39% of F2018 program costs spent in Canada. Following its response to the 2017 wildfires in British Columbia and 2016 fire in Fort McMurray, PWRDF developed a framework to efficiently address Canadian crises in partnership with Anglican Dioceses.   

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Primate's World Relief a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

PWRDF’s partner, Village Health Works, operates a health clinic and ambulance service in Burundi. Within the community, 94% of births in F2018 were attended by trained birth attendants and 99% of new mothers and babies received postnatal care within two days of giving birth. With a similar health program in Mozambique, there has been an increase in the number of births attended by trained personnel. The number of women giving birth each month in health facilities grew from eight per month to 30. With women giving birth in health facilities, childbirth-related issues such as postpartum hemorrhage and infant asphyxiation can be treated by experts.

Partnering with St. Jude’s in Uganda, 210 women were taught sustainable farming practices and techniques to increase farming production. PWRDF contributed $129 per woman to this project. Before this training, the women were only able to afford one meal per day. Afterwards, 90% reported being able to afford two nutritious meals each day and over 60% can now produce more food than they themselves consume.

Impact Rating: Low

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Primate’s World Relief Development Fund is a large charity with donations of $6.1m in F2018. The charity received $4.2m in government funding, representing 39% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues less investment income, and fundraising costs are 4% of donations. For every dollar donated, 89 cents go to the cause which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. PWRDF has funding reserves of $9.3m which could cover one year of program costs.

This charity profile is an update that has been sent to Primate’s World Relief Development Fund for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 11, 2019 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.8%6.1%6.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.0%4.5%3.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 105.2%68.3%132.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,0524,2386,460
Government funding 4,2326,3262,373
Investment income 152580(5)
Other income 314560547
Total revenues 10,75011,7049,374
Program costs - International 5,4167,7673,919
Program costs - Canada 3,4263,3683,185
Administrative costs 718674634
Fundraising costs 240192244
Total spending 9,80112,0017,982
Cash flow from operations 948(297)1,392
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 9,3017,6009,385

Note: Ci has included unrealized gains (losses), affecting revenues by ($67k) in F2018, $149k in F2017, and ($266k) in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 23

Avg. Compensation: $95,627

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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