150 301 14 Street NW
Calgary, AB T2N 2A1
Executive Director: Wendy Fehr
Board Chair: Ed Temple

Charitable Reg. #:11884 1428 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 83 cents are available for programs.

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About CAUSE Canada:

CAUSE Canada is a 2-star charity that is financially transparent. Its results reporting grade is a B+, which is above average. CAUSE Canada has overhead spending of 17%, which is within Ci’s reasonable range. Ci has found CAUSE Canada to have Low demonstrated impact per dollar donated, meaning the charity has below-average impact.

Founded in 1984, CAUSE Canada is a Christian-based international aid charity that aims to empower rural and vulnerable communities to overcome poverty by providing access to quality educational programs, basic health care, and economic opportunities. In F2023, the charity helped a total of 195,159 people in 540 communities in Sierra Leone, Guatemala, and Honduras. CAUSE Canada mainly works with girls and women.

The Health and Nutrition programs equip communities with essential information, resources, and training to midwives, health aides, and local health committees so they can better support the health of their communities. In F2023, 188,860 women and girls benefitted from rehab services and medical information and support. CAUSE Canada provided maternal and reproductive health services to 1,263 women and girls, and trained 1,312 teachers on providing classes to adolescents on sexual reproductive health and rights.

The Education programs help children attend school and succeed in the classroom by providing after-school programs, learning labs, library access, and other educational projects. In F2023, over 11,740 children and adolescents (7,361 girls) participated in programming that would help them to go to and stay in school. Also, 1,180 pre-primary school children participated in play-based Early Childhood Development learning, and 3,629 primary school children participated in afterschool programming focused on reading and math skills.

Livelihood: The Microfinance program provides women entrepreneurs with small loans and business training to help grow their businesses and create jobs for others in the community. CAUSE also advocates for gender equality, and helps women have more financial literacy. In F2023, 12,199 women and girls participated in economic development activities. The charity supported 3,009 women in their small businesses, and 2,791 girls and women participated in financial literacy training. Also, 10,729 people participated in workshops on ending sexual and gender-based violence.

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Results and Impact

CAUSE Canada reports that as of March 2023, 43 girls from rural impoverished communities in the Koinadugu District have graduated from university as a direct result of CAUSE Canada education programs. In Sierra Leone, the charity trained a small team of women living with disabilities to work in their communities with girls living with disabilities and their families. The charity reports that this unexpectedly resulted in 101 girls living with a disability to start attending school.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of CAUSE Canada’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given CAUSE Canada a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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CAUSE Canada is a small charity, with donations and special events revenues of $784k in F2023 (49% of revenues).

The charity also received $499k in government funding (31% of revenues) and $185k from international organizations (12% of revenues).

Administrative costs are 13% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 4% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 17% which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CAUSE Canada has $107k in reserve funds. These reserve funds are the charity’s cash and investments. CAUSE Canada has less than 1 month of program costs covered by its current reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to CAUSE Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 5, 2024, by Lily Ferguson

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.0%10.3%9.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.2%8.3%10.0%
Total overhead spending 17.2%18.6%19.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 7.7%8.2%12.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 768,154896,254652,709
International donations 185,486160,221407,303
Government funding 499,198445,038759,078
Fees for service 159,769132,987174,891
Special events 16,28620,13924,176
Investment income (82)26,3955,876
Other income (27,119)(59,631)743
Total revenues 1,601,6921,621,4032,024,776
Program costs - International 1,398,7981,454,2281,660,412
Program costs - Canada 000
Administrative costs 208,900163,577190,855
Fundraising costs 32,56876,14167,597
Total spending 1,640,2661,693,9461,918,864
Cash flow from operations (38,574)(72,543)105,912
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 107,196118,691210,936

Note: Ci could not separate government vs. non-government deferred contributions. This general deferred revenue is put into other revenue and affects total revenue by ($27k) in F2023, ($60k) in F2022, and ($7k) in F2021. According to its financial notes, CAUSE Canada reported its administrative costs reduced by government wage subsidies receivable. Ci reported administrative costs without this reduction, affecting expenses by $nil in F2023, $10k in F2022, and $43k in F2021. The charity does not disclose donor-endowed funds separate from board-endowed funds. As such, no deduction for endowments is made to funding reserves.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 7

Avg. compensation: $55,709

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2023

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.cause.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001