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Lifewater Canada

457 Heather Crescent
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5L1
President: Jim Gehrels
Board Chair: Cheryl Hertan

Charitable Reg. #: 88542 0737 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Results Reporting

Grade: A

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 for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #0

Avg. Compensation $0

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 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Lifewater Canada:

Founded in 1997, Lifewater Canada is a volunteer-based charity inspired by Jesus that works to provide affordable water and sanitation projects in Haiti and Sub-Saharan Africa. The charity reports that unsafe water is the leading cause of disease and death. Over 2 billion people globally drink from water that is contaminated with feces. Consequently, over 800,000 people die yearly from diarrhea caused by unsafe water, sanitation, and hand hygiene.

In F2017, the charity spent 63% of program costs on constructing wells and water tanks, 15% on infrastructure like building washrooms, 11% on training, 7% on well and pump repair, and 4% on hygiene and sanitation. The same year, 43% of water projects were in Liberia, 23% in Haiti, 19% in Kenya, and 15% in Nigeria. 

Results and Impact: Lifewater Canada provided safe drinking water to approximately 25,000 people in Liberia in F2017 and drilled 22 more wells than the year before. The charity completed 32 wells in Haiti in F2017 to provide safe drinking water.  In Kenya, the charity repaired 15 wells, completed 15 wells and water catchment systems, and installed 2 washrooms. Lifewater Canada reports that its rate of drilling a successful well is over 80%.

Financial Review:

Lifewater Canada is a Small charity with donations of $677k in F2017. Its administrative costs were 4% and fundraising costs were 4%. For every dollar donated, 92 cents goes to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  The charity has $204k in funding reserves, covering around 3 months of program costs. This coverage ratio shows a need for funding.

The charity did not disclose any employee compensation figures in its CRA T3010 filings between F2015 and F2017.

This report is Ci’s first charity report on Lifewater Canada and has been sent to the charity. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 25, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.0%4.7%3.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.9%3.1%3.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 28.7%28.0%40.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 677,395636,424600,336
Goods in kind 36,89870,82845,961
Investment income (2,121)2,56614,411
Other income 42,23782,88234,404
Total revenues 754,409792,700695,112
Program costs - International 711,553833,995650,373
Administrative costs 29,86237,47123,126
Fundraising costs 26,26319,53720,501
Cash flow from operations (13,269)(98,303)1,112
Funding reserves 204,445233,647350,030
Note: The charity's F2015 fiscal year is based off a 9-month period. The program cost coverage for that year was adjusted to account for a full year of program costs.