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Terre Sans Frontières

399, rue des Conseillers, Bureau 23
La Prairie, QC J5R 4H6
President: Linda Bambonye
General Director: Jean L. Fortin

Charitable Reg. #: 13059 4492 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: C

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 through official request for information from Canada Revenue Agency [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #13

Avg. Compensation $56,763

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 4
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Terre Sans Frontières:

Founded in 1980 by the Brothers of Christian instruction, Terre Sans Frontières was initially a million-dollar fundraising campaign for various initiatives in the African Great Lakes region. The organization became Terre Sans Frontières in 1986. Since then, Terre Sans Frontières has joined forces with other professionals to offer programs such as Optometrists Sans Frontières, Dentists Sans Frontières, Acupuncture Sans Frontières, Chiropractors Sans Frontières and Homeopaths Sans Frontières. The charity’s programs focus on community development, education, humanitarian aid and health in developing countries in the Caribbean, South America and Africa.

Terre Sans Frontières started work in Haiti in 2014, targeting education, and children and maternal health. It runs the Maison de l’Avenir Jacqueline-Lessard, a home for 51 underprivileged children with a primary school for 163 students. The charity also runs L’École Les Mains Ouvertes, which has an enrollment of 1,200 students from the poorer communities in Les Cayes, Haiti.

Terre Sans Frontières runs multiple community development programs in Mali through the Sahel 21 program which is supported by the Marcelle et Jean Coutu Foundation. In F2016, the program installed two wells and established three new literacy centres. On the food security side, the program established three gardens and three water piping systems in three villages. It also provided 670 women with training on self-sufficient food consumption.

Beginning in F2015, through a partnership with Global Affairs Canada, Terre Sans Frontières began a volunteer run health program in Bolivia, Honduras, Tanzania and Mali. Through its Dentists, Optometrists and Homeopaths, it provides training to local professionals as well as healthcare for local communities.

In the News: March 1, 2019 CBC News reports concerns about Terre Sans Frontieres homeopathic treatments for tropical diseases in Hondorus. This is a small program of TSF relative to its $10.8 million spent on international programs yet raises valid concerns about evidence, results and impact.

Financial Review:

Terre Sans Frontières is a large-cap charity with donations and lotteries revenues of $11.6m in F2016. The charity’s administrative costs are 3% of revenues and fundraising costs are 5% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, 92 cents goes towards the charity’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $4.3m in funding reserves, which covers a little under 5 months of program costs.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Terre Sans Frontières. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 22, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending July
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.0%4.2%7.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.2%11.3%14.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 39.7%44.2%24.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 11,3037,6345,982
Goods in kind 364375450
Government funding 220117125
Lotteries (net) 280353383
Investment income 382728
Total revenues 12,2048,5076,968
Program costs - International 10,8407,3165,763
Program costs - Canada 000
Administrative costs 359354515
Fundraising costs 590865864
Cash flow from operations 415(27)(174)
Funding reserves 4,3033,2301,395
Note: Ci has calculated lottery revenues net of expenses, affecting revenues and expenses by ($279k) in F2016, ($274k) in F2015 and ($375k) in F2014.

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