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

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) 83 cents are available for programs.

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About SEVA Canada:

SEVA Canada is a top-rated 5-star and high-impact charity. This excellent charity has an A grade in results reporting, meaning it does a great job reporting its activities and their results. The charity also has reasonable overhead spending and is financially transparent. 

Founded in 1982, Seva Canada Society (Seva) works to prevent and reverse blindness in developing countries. An estimated 43 million people around the world are blind. Seva reports that 30 million children experience some form of visual impairment and two million are blind. Seva-supported research has found that more of the world’s blind are women and girls. In fact, women and girls are 12% more likely to have vision loss and 8% more likely to be blind. Seva treats vision issues by offering glasses, medicine, and eye surgeries (mainly cataract and glaucoma) to those in need.

Seva operates in 12 countries: Burundi, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Francophone West Africa, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Tanzania, and Tibet.

In F2021, Seva-partner hospitals and eye camps performed 54,902 cataract surgeries (54% women and 46% men) and 3,240 glaucoma and other surgeries. Seva also provided 3,602 people with prescription glasses.

Seva partners with people in remote areas to create and staff Community Eye Centres. Training sessions help doctors learn modern surgery procedures to treat glaucoma and cataracts. In F2020, three ophthalmologists received retina and glaucoma training, one received cataract surgical training, and one doctor received ophthalmology training. Most patients pay a small fee for the surgery. The money collected allows the eye centers to provide free care to the poorest patients. Seva Canada does not receive the fees for these procedures because the individual eye centers use them for continued operations. 

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Results and Impact

In F2021, Seva-funded eye care services helped 788,122 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. In F2021, Seva helped 54,902 people undergo sight-restoring cataract surgeries. Seva reports that every $50 donated is equal to one cataract surgery.

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

Impact Rating: High

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Seva received $2.2m in donations and special event revenue in F2021.

Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 11% of donations. This results in overhead spending of 17%. For every dollar donated, 83 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $1.1m can cover around 11 months program costs at the F2021 level.

Charity Intelligence has sent this profile update to Seva Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 3, 2022 by Emily Downing.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.0%10.0%8.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 10.6%16.0%13.0%
Total overhead spending 16.6%26.0%21.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 91.2%82.7%27.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,430,1021,427,9671,965,241
Goods in kind 06383,997
Government funding 032,8720
Special events 4,44612,32665,603
Investment income (46,727)31,0431,329
Total revenues 2,387,8211,504,8462,036,170
Program costs - International 1,228,592842,7401,425,875
Administrative costs 146,938147,462177,358
Fundraising costs 257,730230,829264,213
Other costs 1,1727393,220
Total spending 1,634,4321,221,7701,870,666
Cash flow from operations 753,389283,076165,504
Capital spending 00295
Funding reserves 1,120,721697,034394,408

Note: Ci listed cost of goods sold in other costs, affecting total expenses by $1k in F2021, $739 in F2020, and $3k in F2019. Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting total revenues by $275k in F2021, $57k in F2020, and $7k in F2019. Ci removed depreciation from administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 4

Avg. compensation: $96,284

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 F2021

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Charity Contact

Website: www.seva.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001