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Engineers Without Borders

312 Adelaide St. W
Toronto, ON M6J 1A8
CEO: Boris Martin
Board Chair: Shayne Smith

Charitable Reg. #: 88980 1815 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: B+

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

Financial Transparency

Most recent audited financial statements 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

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #37

Avg. Compensation $35,044

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 17
< $40k 19
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Engineers Without Borders:

Founded in 2000, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) aims to “create systemic change wherever it’s needed to accelerate Africa’s development and unlock the potential of its people”. EWB achieves this purpose by investing in innovations to change local systems that are the root causes for poverty. These ventures receive financial support, volunteers and mentors as it works towards long-term independence and sustainability. Engineers Without Borders also works in Canada to engage engineers, effect policy change, and create opportunities for Canadians to contribute to human development overseas.

EWB emphasizes the importance of admitting failures in its national offices, ventures, chapters and fellows. It publishes annual failure reports outlining failures and lessons learned. The report is available on EWB’s website.

In F2015, Engineers Without Borders allocated 28% of its program expenditure to its national conference and 39 chapters. Further, 11% was allocated to public education and awareness.  In F2015, EWB’s Changing the Conversation campaign had 46 elected MP participants and 171 candidates using #PoliticsAside. Finally, 43% was allocated to funding 13 ventures, including the Malawi-based WASH Catalyst and Wash Coordination ventures. These projects aim to create a network of district water offices that provide the meagre water supply in innovative ways.

Financial Review:

Engineers Without Borders is a medium-sized charity, with donations of $3.2m in F2015. Its administrative costs at 7% of revenues and fundraising costs at 27% of donations fall within a reasonable range. EWB has funding reserves of $1.7m. This means that it can cover 55% of its annual program costs, indicating a need for donations.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Engineers Without Borders. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 18, 2016 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending October
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.8%6.5%4.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 27.0%27.0%20.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 55.1%35.4%22.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,2472,8852,441
Goods in kind 00169
Government funding 604468477
Fees for service 673712729
Business activities (net) 516459494
Other income 214749
Total revenues 5,0614,5714,359
Program costs - International 1,8572,1032,524
Program costs - Canada 1,2011,1181,246
Administrative costs 346296211
Fundraising costs 876780502
Cash flow from operations 781274(125)
Funding reserves 1,6841,140842
Note: Ci has adjusted chapter fundraising costs and deferred donations affecting revenues by $360k in F2015, by $192k in F2014, and by $367k in F2013. Ci has adjusted chapter fundraising costs affecting expenses by $450 in F2015, by $119k in F2014, and by $108k in F2013.

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