#100 - 2000 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 2G2
Executive Director: Penny Lyons
Board Chair: Vivian Yin

Charitable Reg. #:13072 4941 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 78 cents are available for programs.

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About SEVA Canada:

Founded in 1982, Seva Canada Society (Seva) works to prevent and reverse blindness in developing countries. An estimated 36 million people around the world are blind, including 19 million children. Seva-supported research has found that most of the world’s blind are women and girls. Seva treats vision issues by offering glasses, medicine, and eye surgery to those in need.

Seva operates in 13 countries: Benin, Burundi, Cambodia, Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Tanzania, and Tibetan areas of China. In F2019, Seva-partner hospitals and eye camps performed 85% of Seva's total surgeries in Nepal. 10% of surgeries were performed in Cambodia and the rest were spread amongst the other countries. Similarly, 85% of people screened were in Nepal. 

Seva partners with people in remote areas to create and staff Community Eye Centres. Training sessions help doctors to learn modern surgery procedures to treat glaucoma and cataracts. Most patients pay a small amount for the surgery. The money collected allows the eye centres to provide free care to the poorest patients. Seva Canada does not receive the fees for service because the individual eye centres use them in continued operations.  

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Results and Impact

In F2019, Seva-funded eye care programs helped 1,677,758 people. Cataract surgeries were performed on 110,807 people. 

People with restored sight have restored dignity, productivity, and independence. Up to 75% of people with visual impairment need help from someone to complete everyday tasks. Restoring sight helps those who are visually impaired, but also improves productivity for caregivers. Children with restored sight can return to school and eventually work. Without these opportunities, they would be unable to escape poverty. 

Charity Intelligence has given Seva a Good impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Good

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Seva Canada is a Medium-sized charity, receiving $2m in donations and special event revenue in F2019. The charity also received donated goods-in-kind worth $4k in F2019, $46k in F2018, and $3k in F2017.

Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 13% of donations. For every dollar donated, 78 cents go the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $394k can cover 3.3 months of annual program costs.

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

Updated on June 10, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.8%12.4%10.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.1%18.7%15.2%
Total overhead spending 21.8%31.1%25.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 27.7%20.4%23.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,958,1401,326,1391,461,831
Goods in kind 3,99745,8332,746
Special events 62,38361,18355,108
Investment income 1,3298,99510,434
Total revenues 2,025,8491,442,1501,530,119
Program costs - International 1,425,8751,135,7131,382,228
Administrative costs 177,358177,248151,193
Fundraising costs 264,213259,933229,815
Total spending 1,867,4461,572,8941,763,236
Cash flow from operations 158,403(130,744)(233,117)
Capital spending 2953,1749,473
Funding reserves 394,408231,354329,085

Note: Ci has reported special event fundraising revenues net of cost of goods sold, decreasing revenues by $3.2k in F2019, $1.3k in F2018, and $5.5k in F2017. Depreciation was removed from administrative costs and listed as a non-cash expense. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 6

Avg. Compensation: $77,569

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 F2019

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Charity Contact

Website: www.seva.ca
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