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CAUSE Canada

743 Railway Avenue, Apt. 207
Canmore, AB T1W 2T8
Executive Director: Wendy Fehr
Board Chair: Derek Allchurch

Charitable Reg. #: 11884 1428 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B

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

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements available only upon request [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 #114

Avg. Compensation $5,615

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 7
< $40k 3
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About CAUSE Canada:

Founded in 1984, CAUSE Canada (Cause) is a Christian-based international relief and development charity that aims to empower communities and individuals in disadvantaged regions overcome poverty. Cause’s mission is to provide sustainable, integrated community development in rural West Africa and Central America through collaborative long-term relationships. Cause operates in Guatemala (44% of program spending), Honduras (36% of program spending) and Sierra Leone (20% of program spending).

CAUSE Canada’s Kids Sponsorship program supports education for children in Sierra Leone. In F2015, Cause repaired wells, roofs and furniture in 17 primary schools, benefitting over 5,000 students. Further, 12 teachers presented lessons to over 4,000 students over the radio. CAUSE Canada’s Kids Bursary program offers scholarships to disadvantaged girls from secondary school, allowing them to graduate and earn a university degree. In F2015, Cause provided tuition fees to 23 female students.

CAUSE Canada’s Women’s Literacy program offers literacy, leadership and business training for illiterate women. In Phase I of the program, 113 women took courses in 6 different groups. Beginning in 2015, 205 women enrolled in Phase II of the Literacy program.

CAUSE Canada’s Microcredit program provided loan capital and training to 1,644 clients in Guatemala, 742 clients in Honduras, and 801 clients in Sierra Leone. Cause reports that, over the last 8 years, 2 clients have defaulted on their loans.

CAUSE Canada’s Maternal-Child Health program educates communities about pregnancy, breastfeeding, nutrition, malnutrition screening and healthcare. Cause reports that 7,543 mothers in 1,209 communities have been counselled on maternal nutrition. Further, 11,522 children were screened for malnutrition, with 97% at a normal weight and height.

Financial Review:

CAUSE Canada is a medium-sized charity, with donations and special events revenues of $1.3m in F2015. Its administrative costs are 7% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 21% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 72 cents is put towards its programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity’s funding reserves of $241k result in a program cost coverage ratio of 17%. This means that it can cover 2 months of its annual programs using its existing reserves.

The charity reports that it employs 114 full-time employees at a low average salary of $5,615. However, the charity only reports to employ 45 overseas staff. 

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by CAUSE Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 3, 2016 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.1%7.4%6.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.9%21.5%21.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 17.4%10.9%12.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 997,2511,047,092986,536
Government funding 85,0000331,525
Fees for service 520,413583,041538,653
Special events 304,923293,903268,771
Investment income 1,6231,8005,454
Total revenues 1,909,2101,925,8362,130,939
Program costs - International 1,384,3541,475,6921,725,551
Program costs - Canada 000
Administrative costs 136,279142,063135,313
Fundraising costs 272,065288,704272,309
Cash flow from operations 116,51219,377(2,234)
Funding reserves 241,087160,900210,809
Note: The charity restated its 2014 numbers in its F2015 audited financial statements. Ci has used the 2014 financial statements from the charity’s F2015 audited financial statements, and the 2013 financial statements from the charity’s F2014 audited financial statements. Ci has adjusted life insurance premiums affecting revenues by ($15k) in F2015, by ($14k) in F2014, and by ($12k) in F2013. Ci has adjusted amortization affecting expenses by ($68k) in F2013.

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