Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology
Calgary, AB T2E 8H6
CEO: Shauna Curry
Board Chair: David P. O'Brien
Charitable Reg. #: 86375 1616 RR0001
Grade: A-The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Full-time staff #28
Avg. Compensation $79,795
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About Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology:
Founded in 2001, Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) acts as a centre of expertise in water and sanitation for poor people in developing countries. The charity is a licensed engineering firm and improves access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation in developing countries by building the knowledge and skills of people locally so that they can create affordable, sustainable solutions for themselves.
CAWST serves its clients through three routes: directly, through its WET Centres, and through Virtual WET Centres. CAWST's direct client services include training workshops, consulting, education materials, and online resources. Through its WET (Water Expertise and Training) Centres program, the charity partners with other organizations and teaches them the model CAWST follows when helping people create solutions for better water and sanitation access. CAWST launched its Virtual WET Centre in 2013 to provide this same service online, increasing reach. The charity also runs a Youth Wavemakers program, where it works with youth to increase awareness and help them access the tools they need to help with water and sanitation issues on the local and global levels.
In 2015, CAWST delivered 390 training and consulting support sessions that trained 5,800 people directly and via WET Centres. Since 2001, the charity has developed 1,330 online educational materials, run 1,226 training workshops and made 464 counselling visits. Its 2015 client base included 159 local charities, 85 government clients, 78 large international organizations, 59 small international organizations, 35 local enterprises or entrepreneurs, 13 educational institutions and 4 UN agencies. CAWST’s virtual WET centre reached over 4,000 clients from 2,200 organizations in 2015, bringing the cumulative total to 11,000 registered users from 4,200 organizations in 190 countries.
In 2015, the charity had 170 youth participating in its Youth Wavemakers program across nine Youth Wavemakers teams. These youth worked on action projects that reached 2,905 people in their communities. Additionally, 2,920 youth were reached by educators independently delivering Wavemaker resources.
Since 2001, 1,091 clients in 82 countries have reported implementing water or sanitation projects, including 121 new clients in 2015. CAWST also reports that 13.1 million people now have better water or sanitation because of projects implemented by CAWST clients since 2001, including 1.7 million new people in 2015. The charity’s 2016 annual report was not available at the time of this profile update.
CAWST is a big-cap charity with donations of $7.4m in F2016. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 14% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.76 goes towards its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. CAWST’s funding reserves of $15.0m can cover annual program costs for 4.3 years.
Ci did not include donations from related parties (CAWST’s Board Chair, other directors, and CEO) in donations when calculating the fundraising cost ratio ($5.5m in F2016, $3.2m in F2015 and $3.2m in F2014, representing 75% of total donations over the three years).
This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by CAWST. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on July 27, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending December
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||9.7%||14.4%||9.3%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||14.0%||32.8%||29.7%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||429.0%||309.7%||298.6%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Fees for service||82||24||29|
|Cash flow from operations||3,136||502||1,428|