Presbyterian World Service and Development

50 Wynford Drive
Toronto, ON M3C 1J7
Director: Guy Smagghe
Finance and Administration Coordinator: Dwan Billings

Charitable Reg. #:10785 6619 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]


Audited financial statements available only upon request.



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) 86 cents are available for programs.

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About Presbyterian World Service and Development:

Presbyterian World Service and Development is a three-star charity with an average results reporting grade and reasonable overhead spending. It is not financially transparent. The organization is a part of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and not a registered charity. It only has statements of revenues and expenses available. As a result, its funding reserves and program cost coverage ratio are not reported. 

Founded in 1947, Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWSD) is the development and relief agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. PWSD’s aim is to reduce poverty, oppression, and injustice in southern nations. The charity is a member of many partnerships and coalitions including Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) and ACT Alliance (ACT). Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 Canadian churches working together to end global hunger. Each member of CFGB has an account with the charity that holds funding for collaborative relief programs.  PWSD reports that it led eight CFGB projects in F2020, including four in Africa, two in Asia, and two in the Americas. It reports that it contributed $300k from its equity account at CFGB to support the projects of other members. ACT Alliance is an international faith-based coalition that provides humanitarian aid to people in 127 countries. ACT has 136 members. 

PWSD’s main programs are Emergency Relief, Human Rights, Food Security, Health, and Livelihoods. In F2021, the charity spent $2.8m on its programs.

In F2020, the charity spent 62% of program spending on Emergency Relief. This program provides food, water, sanitation, and shelter to vulnerable people who have been harmed by natural disasters, long-term conflicts or other emergencies. PWSD often carries out emergency relief programs through CFGB and ACT. In F2020, it undertook 24 emergency relief projects, providing water, food, sanitation, and other emergency relief to 51,268 people.  In F2019 and F2020 PWSD funded a food assistance project in the Mulanje district of Malawi. Phase one of the project provided monthly food baskets containing maize flour, beans, and cooking oil to 2,000 households for four months. The second phase supported 1,600 households with food assistance for another four months. In F2019, the organization provided cash assistance of $90 USD per month to 8,000 families for five months in Afghanistan after a severe drought.

PWSD spent 13% of program spending on Human Rights, 10% on Food Security, 9% on Health, and 6% on Livelihoods in F2020. It undertook 22 long-term development projects during the year. The charity helped 29,453 people through its Human Rights program, 8,376 people through the Food Security program, 173,439 people through the Health program and 20,415 people through the Livelihoods program. In F2019 and F2020, PWSD helped fund a project that provided sexual health education to people. The project reached an estimated 69,618 women and 61,626 men, and involved the construction of two outreach clinics that provide maternal care, immunization, and antiretroviral HIV treatment. In F2022, PWSD helped form 23 self-help groups in Malawi that pooled funding to purchase food and agricultural inputs.


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Results and Impact

Presbyterian World Service and Development’s 2021 annual report was not available at the time of this report. The 2020 version was used to report results. In F2020, PWSD reports that it helped increase routine vaccination rates in Malawi from 69% to 84%. The charity reports providing food vouchers to 2,000 food insecure households in Beirut and 7,400 households in Syria in F2020. It reports providing food assistance to 2,256 people in Yemen during the year. In F2020, the organization reports that 23 of its sponsored refugees arrived in Canada, including 13 from Syria, seven from South Sudan, two from Eritrea, and one from Ethiopia. In Haiti, 1,700 children were enrolled in malnutrition treatment programs and 1,451 children received deworming treatment as a result of PWSD funding. In F2019, the charity reports that it funded a maternal health program in afghanistan which increased the proportion of births attended by a skilled attendant from 17% at the start of the project to 50% at the end. It reports that the maternal mortality rate decreased from 24 deaths per 1,898 births to one death per 1,898 births.

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

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Presbyterian World Service and Development only has statements of revenues and expenses currently available, not full financial statements. As a result, funding reserves, program cost coverage, capital expenditures, and other items related to the balance sheet and cash flow statement are not reported on the profile. PWSD provided its salary ranges for the profile as it does not have a T3010 filing with the CRA.

In F2021, PWSD sent $361k in designated and equity transfers to Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Its member’s equity in Canadian Foodgrains Bank was $658k at the end of F2021.

In F2021, Presbyterian World Service and Development received $2.3m in Canadian donations, representing a 30% decrease from F2020. It also earned $566k in investment income (20% of total revenue) and received $37k in government funding (1% of total revenue) during the year. Government funding decreased by 88% from F2020. Administrative costs are 13% of revenue excluding investment income. Reported fundraising costs are less than 1% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 14%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 86 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.3%5.7%4.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.2%0.1%0.1%
Total overhead spending 13.5%5.7%5.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 0.0%0.0%0.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,288,9363,253,7203,639,849
Government funding 36,706310,801953,463
Investment income 566,458745,531529,197
Total revenues 2,892,1004,310,0525,122,509
Program costs - International 2,489,6412,094,7823,110,355
Program costs - Canada 339,924278,966317,263
Administrative costs 309,344201,994227,069
Fundraising costs 4,8721,9183,945
Total spending 3,143,7812,577,6603,658,632
Cash flow from operations (251,681)1,732,3921,463,877

Note: Ci included donations to the Loaves and Fishes fund in donations and excluded transfers from the Loaves and Fishes fund from donations. Ci also included investment income from the Loaves and Fishes Fund in revenue. This affects total revenues by ($109k) in F2021, $1.4m in F2020, and $1.5m in F2019. PWSD has provided us with its salary ranges as it does not have a T3010 filing with the CRA. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 11

Avg. compensation: $0

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 F0

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