Engineers Without Borders
Toronto, ON M6J 1A8
CEO: Boris Martin
Board Chair: Shayne Smith
Charitable Reg. #: 88980 1815 RR0001
Grade: B+The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to The Cause
Impact Rating: Low
Full-time staff #37
Avg. Compensation $35,044
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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.
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 RatiosFiscal 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 StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Goods in kind||0||0||169|
|Fees for service||673||712||729|
|Business activities (net)||516||459||494|
|Program costs - International||1,857||2,103||2,524|
|Program costs - Canada||1,201||1,118||1,246|
|Cash flow from operations||781||274||(125)|