223 Main Street, Box 80
Ottawa, ON K1S 1C4
National Director: Dr. Adriana Bara
Board Chair: Most Rev. Marcel Damphousse

Charitable Reg. #:86775 7502 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) 97 cents are available for programs.

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About CNEWA Canada:

Catholic Near East Welfare Association Canada (CNEWA) is a 2-star charity. It is financially transparent but has overhead spending outside of Ci’s reasonable range and a below-average results reporting grade.

Founded in 1926 by Pope Pius XI and under the guidance of Pope Francis, Catholic Near East Welfare Association Canada (CNEWA) works for, through and with Eastern Catholic churches to build up and maintain churches and respond to human needs, including emergencies and poverty. CNEWA Canada is the Canadian arm of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association worldwide. It connects to churches and provides support in the Middle East, India, Northeast Africa and Eastern Europe. CNEWA runs two programs: Responding to Human Needs and Accompanying the Church.

Responding to Human Needs – 84% of total program spending ($7.3m): CNEWA runs childcare initiatives to support schools, orphanages and children centres with special needs. It also responds to special needs institutions for adults, including hospice programs and rehabilitation facilities for the profoundly handicapped, substance abusers, prisoners and other social cases. The charity also supports people in emergency crises. In F2022, it funded 100 projects related to the Ukraine war, supporting 225,000 people in Ukraine with 100,000 food boxes and 18 shelters. In response to the earthquake in Syria in February 2023, CNEWA provided emergency shelters to more than 150 families and supported bedding, food, medicine, milk, nursing formula and diapers for more than 2,000 families in Syria. Additionally, the charity runs healthcare and sustainability programs to serve the poor, displaced and elderly.

Accompanying the Church – 13% of total program spending ($1.1m): CNEWA funds the formation of seminaries and religious houses, university chaplaincies, lay catechist formation programs and advanced studies for clergy and religious leaders. It also provides scholarships for priests. The charity helps repair damaged parish facilities and supports local Church programs such as pastoral initiatives for refugees and youth formation programs.

The remaining 3% of total program spending ($304k) went to raising public awareness in F2022.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, in response to the war crisis in Ukraine, CNEWA funded nearly 100 projects, providing at least 365,000 people with essential aid and support. Its partner hosted 6,000 displaced people and supported 316 priests. The charity also equipped and renovated 18 shelters and provided nine medical centres with equipment, furniture and food.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of CNEWA Canada’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).


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CNEWA posted its financial statements online. However, it does not provide the accompanying financial notes and the cash flow statement.

In F2022, CNEWA Canada received $11.5m in donations. Administrative costs are 0.3% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 3% of donations. This results in overhead spending of 3%. For every dollar donated, 97 cents go to the cause, which is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CNEWA Canada has $7.3m in reserve funds, which could cover ten months of its annual program costs.

Ci has sent this profile update to CNEWA Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 12, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 0.3%1.1%1.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.0%6.4%7.4%
Total overhead spending 3.3%7.5%8.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 83.3%117.6%106.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 11,5475,4705,043
Investment income (189)135109
Other income 111(12)12
Total revenues 11,4695,5945,165
Program costs 8,7544,2333,752
Administrative costs 405864
Fundraising costs 343350372
Total spending 9,1374,6414,188
Cash flow from operations 2,331952977
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 7,2904,9763,981

Note: CNEWA's financial statements were presented without the accompanying financial notes, so Ci was unable to make any adjustments that might be necessary.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 8

Avg. compensation: $77,490

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 F2021

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.cnewa.org/ca/
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