Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

PO Box 86016 Marda Loop
Calgary, AB T2T 6B7
Executive Director: Lauryn Oates
Board Chair: Laila Rashid

Charitable Reg. #:88771 8203 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 84 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan:

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan is a two-star charity with an average results reporting grade and reasonable overhead spending. The charity is financially transparent but has low demonstrated impact.

Founded in 1996, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CWWA) is a charity that works to improve human rights in Afghanistan. The charity focuses on ending women’s oppression and providing all people with equal access to education. CWWA has six main charitable programs: Investing in Basic Education; Emergency Assistance; Technology for Education; Grants and Scholarships; Afghanistan Policy Dialogue; and Public Engagement. 

In F2022, CWWA spent $291k (28% of program spending) on Investing in Basic Education. This program focuses on increasing girls’ enrollment in schools and training teachers to improve the education system. In F2022, it began research in 18 schools to address accessibility challenges for displaced Afghan students and teachers living in refugee camps in Pakistan. It also translated 100 books into Farsi and 100 books into Pashto. From these it created 200 audio books. 

In F2022, CWWA spent $255k (24%) on Emergency Assistance. During the year, it provided Learning Plus Baskets. These contain food for vulnerable families and learning supplies like books. In F2022, CWWA distributed 933 Learning Plus Baskets that reached 5654 individuals. 

CWWA spent $166k (16%) on its Technology for Education program. This program provides Afghans with access to information through a free digital library, as well as an online course platform. In F2022 it added four new courses to its new asynchronous class platform, DD Courses. During the year it also piloted a new platform for live, online learning called DD Classroom. It also added 441 new learning materials to its free digital library.

CWWA spent $128k (12%) on Grants and Scholarships. In F2022, CWWA started a Remote Communication Assistance grant program to help women and girls access online education. During the year, it gave grants to 245 women and girls to help them get things like tablets, power banks, internet access, laptops, and mobile phones. 

In F2022, CWWA spent $95k (9%) on its Afghanistan Policy Dialogue (Advocacy) program. It had 18 media interviews or articles published, launched five advocacy campaigns, and had nine meetings with representatives from the federal government or United Nations. 

During the year, CWWA also spent $74k (7%) on Public Engagement and $47k (4%) on Community & Family Literacy.

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Results and Impact

CWWA’s Learning Plus Baskets include food like flour, rice, cooking oil, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, sugar, salt, tea, and powdered milk. It reports that it distributes these baskets to families facing difficult financial situations.

CWWA reports that the literacy rate for young women in Afghanistan has increased from 32% to 57% since 2011.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan received $1.2m in donations and special events revenue in F2022, up 30% from $922kin F2021. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 7% of donations. Total overhead costs are 16%. For each dollar donated 84 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Reserve funds of $1.6m can cover program costs for a year and a half at the F2022 level.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 24, 2023 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.7%7.8%11.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.8%7.1%8.2%
Total overhead spending 16.5%14.9%19.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 151.9%150.4%138.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,072,224795,472488,627
Goods in kind 61,67600
Government funding 57,870547,435298,389
Business activities (net) 2031051,006
Special events 122,095126,190114,150
Investment income 9,703(25,812)(12,788)
Total revenues 1,323,7711,443,390889,384
Program costs - International 748,421744,638713,369
Program costs - Canada 304,712196,655146,007
Administrative costs 127,288114,809101,362
Fundraising costs 81,16865,45949,289
Total spending 1,261,5901,121,5611,010,027
Cash flow from operations 62,181321,829(120,643)
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 1,599,6701,416,1021,186,034

Note: Ci reported government revenue and gift-in-kind contributions from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA and backed these amounts out of donations. Ci reported business activity revenue (rental income and product sales) net of related expenses, affecting both revenue and expenses by $0k in F2022, ($2k) in F2021, and ($2k) in F2020. Ci included realized and unrealized gain (loss) on foreign exchange in investment income, affecting total revenues by $3k in F2022, ($29k) in F2021, and ($20k) in F2020. Ci backed out amortization on a pro-rata basis from international program costs, Canadian program costs, administrative costs, and fundraising costs to report it as a separate item. Ci removed the forgivable portion of a loan from revenue to report on a cash basis. This affected total revenue by ($10k) in F2020. Ci used the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA to report fundraising and administrative costs. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 16

Avg. compensation: $26,863

Top 10 staff salary range:

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

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2022

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001