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
Cents to the Cause
Full-time staff #22
Avg. Compensation $82,459
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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 2016, CAWST's techniques were implemented in 199 projects bringing safer water to 2.3 million people. The average community size is 11,600 people. CAWST's average cost is $1.99 per person in the community.
Since 2001, CAWST has been involved with 1,091 water and sanitation projects in 82 countries. CAWST also reports that 15.4 million people now have better water or sanitation because of projects implemented by CAWST clients since 2001.
CAWST's 2017 annual report was not available at the time of this profile update.
CAWST is a large 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. This level exceeds 3 years which Charity Intelligence considers optimal for donors looking for their support to generate short-term results.
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).
CAWST’s audited financial statements are missing cost allocations to fundraising and administration. This important information comes from CAWST’s annual filing with the Charities Directorate. The 2017 annual filing was not yet posted when this report was updated. Ideally, CAWST's auditors, KPMG, would report this information in the audited financial statements.
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 and on August 12, 2018 by Kate Bahen.
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|