PO Box 1120, 40 Campus Drive
Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0
Executive Director: Ryan Hreljac
Board Chair: Rosemina Nathoo

Charitable Reg. #:88858 7110 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 89 cents are available for programs.

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About Ryan's Well:

Ryan's Well Foundation is a 5-star rated charity with Average demonstrated impact on its international development programs. For every dollar donated to the charity, 89 cents are available to go to the cause, which is within Ci's reasonable range. Its annual report and website disclose information about its programs and outputs, leading to a high grade in results reporting.

Founded in 2001, Ryan’s Well Foundation (Ryan's Well) works with local partners to provide access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education in the world’s most vulnerable regions. According to Ryan’s Well, more than 700 million people cannot access safe water and 400,000 people die each year to contaminated drinking water. 

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

Ryan’s Well runs three main programs: Build, Motivate, and Educate.

Build: The charity’s Build program represented 83% of program costs in F2022. Through the build program, Ryan’s Well Foundation helps create new clean water projects with local partners in developing countries. Ryan’s Well completed 55 water projects, built 44 latrines, and connected seven health centres and 13 schools to a clean water source in F2022. The charity’s build program worked in Ghana, Malawi, and Uganda in F2022.

Educate and Motivate: The charity’s Educate and Motivate programs account for the remaining 18% of program costs. Ryan’s Well provides safe hygiene, food preparation, and proper sanitation education in developing countries. In addition, the charity promotes awareness of clean water to inspire youth to act. In F2022, Ryan’s Well delivered 55 video presentations to schools in Canada, Spain, and the United States. The charity reports it educated 4,689 people through its presentations across 59 schools.

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Results and Impact

Ryan’s Well Foundation completed 55 water projects in Ghana, Malawi, and Uganda. The charity reports it provided water for 89,019 people in F2022.  Charity Intelligence has given Ryan's Well an Average impact rating for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

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

Impact Rating: Average

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Ryan’s Well received $1.1m in donations in F2022. Administrative costs are 7% of revenue and fundraising costs are 3% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 11%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 89 cents are available to go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range.

The charity has $1.2m in reserve funds. Its reserve funds can cover 159%, or one year and seven months of its annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Ryan’s Well Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 4, 2023 by Liam Chapleau

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.2%8.7%6.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.3%4.0%6.0%
Total overhead spending 10.5%12.7%12.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 159.4%184.3%199.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,059,769824,486958,583
Other income (6,159)(23,073)22,607
Total revenues 1,053,610801,413981,190
Program costs - International 641,131544,967488,493
Program costs - Canada 133,605108,73693,991
Administrative costs 76,11169,45868,075
Fundraising costs 35,07533,31257,440
Total spending 885,922756,473707,999
Cash flow from operations 167,68844,940273,191
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 1,234,8851,204,9761,160,576

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted donations by changes in deferred contributions. This affected total revenues by ($nil) in F2022, $115k in F2021, and $148k in F2020. Ci reported foreign exchange gains (losses) in other revenue. Ci reported well, sanitation, and hygiene disbursements as international program costs. Ci removed amortization from administrative costs in the amount of ($nil) in F2022, ($nil) in F2021, and ($3.7k) in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 4

Avg. compensation: $57,587

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Added on May 1, 2024

“All I had to do was take 10 steps from my classroom to get to the drinking fountain and I had clean water. Before that day in school, I figured everyone lived like me. When I found out this wasn’t the case, I decided I had to do something about it.” Ryan Hreljac.

The Foundation grew from the passion and courage of one 6-year-old boy, Ryan Hreljac. Ryan was inspired to take action as a grade one student when he learned of the devastating consequences for people without access to safe drinking water. He was remarkably determined as he succeeded in rallying his community to help him raise the funds needed to build one well in Uganda, Africa – one well that has changed everything. Now, more than 2 decades later, Ryan’s Well Foundation’s team of people continue to be committed to providing access to safe water and sanitation as an essential way to improving lives in the developing world. We educate people about the importance of accessing safe water and sanitation services, and look to motivate people of all ages to take action and effect positive change in the world.Ryan’s Well also promotes the importance of clean and safe water to schools through our unique annual School Challenge. Students from all over the world are invited to fundraise towards a specific site where they learn all about the project as well as see the impact they are making.

We invite everyone to visit our website (ryanswell.ca) to read all about the Foundation, including our publications, and also find links to all forms of social media. We post information on our latest projects as well as provide motivational tools, ideas, stories and videos.

Ryan’s Well is a registered Canadian charity #88858 7110 RR0001.

Charity Contact

Website: www.ryanswell.ca
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