Stephen Lewis Foundation

501-260 Spadine Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2E4
Executive Director: Ilana Landsberg-Lewis
Board Chair: Stephen Lewis

Charitable Reg. #: 89635 4008 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Social Results Reporting

Grade: B+

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 ]

Program Cost Coverage

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #33

Avg. Compensation $65,504

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 6
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Stephen Lewis Foundation:

Founded in 2003, Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) supports community-based organizations fighting HIV and AIDS in Africa. Since its start, SLF has worked with 300 such organizations, funding more than 1,100 initiatives to tackle the AIDS and HIV problem. SLF reports that last year 1.2 million died of AIDS and 1.4 million people contracted HIV infections. The charity particularly supports grandmothers, women and orphans, since SLF believes they are the worst victims of AIDS and HIV. SLF calculates there are approximately 10 million orphans of AIDS in Africa are cared for by their grandmothers, who are often unemployed and widowed.

SLF's partnerships focus on 5 areas: home-based healthcare, positive living, sexual violence and HIV/AIDS, children affected by aids and grandmothers caring for orphaned children. Among many goals, SLF works with its community partners to get people tested for HIV and accessing treatment, to enroll orphans in school, and help grandmothers feed their families. In 2015 SLF reported it will be releasing its new impact results within a year.

In F2015, Stephen Lewis Foundation spent $3.1m on grandmothers programs, $1.6m on orphan support, $0.7m on women support and $1.1m on other AIDS and HIV victims programs. It used a further $1.6m on developing and monitoring these programs. Organizations, supported by SLF, ran clinics and counselling sessions for grandmothers in Africa. These clinics provided care to 824 grandmothers in F2015. Another charity runs a soup kitchen in Zimbabwe that feeds 265 children daily. Through another SLF initiative, grandmothers havestarted 11 savings groups on their own. These women pool their savings and invest with banks. They then split all profits equally.

Financial Review:

Stephen Lewis Foundation is a Big-Cap charity, which received donations of $10.5m in F2015. Administrative costs are 9% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 11% costs of total donations. Total overhead costs come to 20%, falling within Ci's reasonable range. SLF has total funding reserves of $4.3m that can cover the charity's annual program costs for 6.5 months. Excluding donor-endowed funds of $195k, funding reserves can cover annual program costs for 6 months.

Updated June 14th, 2016 by Mirza Ali Shakir. Edits received by SLF made by Kate Bahen Sept 13, 2016.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.6%9.3%9.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.1%11.1%10.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 54.0%47.4%47.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 10,52610,18510,431
Investment income 404744
Total revenues 10,56710,23210,475
Program costs - International 7,0917,3017,842
Program costs - Canada 9931,037956
Administrative costs 901946945
Fundraising costs 1,1691,1311,095
Cash flow from operations 413(183)(364)
Funding reserves 4,3663,9484,150
Note: Ci has removed amortization from administrative and fundraising expenses.   

Comments added by the Charity:

The Stephen Lewis Foundation partners with community-based organizations that are working on the frontlines of the HIV & AIDS epidemic in Africa. Many of these organizations were originally formed by small groups of  individuals responding to the crisis AIDS had wrought in their own  lives and in the lives of their neighbours, and have developed over the  years into thriving local institutions. All of our partners have deep connections with their communities, and operate their programmes with the assistance of extensive networks of community volunteers.  Through our partnerships, the Foundation has been supporting people in the African countries hit hardest by AIDS to design and implement their own solutions to the multiple devastations, losses and challenges inflicted by the epidemic.


Our partners’ work is holistic and people-centered. Community-based organizations are helping to deliver life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) medication and healthcare, but they are also doing so much more. The task they have set for themselves goes far beyond tackling the medical aspect of the epidemic. Their programming aims, ultimately, to restore hope, dignity and possibility to individuals and their communities, so that they can begin to move forward again with their lives.


This approach makes all the difference in the world. To HIV positive children, who not only receive medication, but also benefit from community care, counseling, music and play therapy, educational assistance, and peer support. To teenage girls, who have new opportunities to stay in school, get better protection against exploitation and violence, and are joining with the youth in their communities to challenge discriminatory and dangerous ideas about sexuality and male control over women. To grandmothers, who finally have help in their struggle to raise a generation orphaned by AIDS, are now seeing hope for their grandchildren’s futures, and are gaining greater respect and protection for their rights. And to the people living with HIV & AIDS, who are regaining their strength, rebuilding their lives, and working together with their governments to ensure that the promise of ‘treatment for all’ becomes a reality.


SLF partnerships are enabling immediate investments in service delivery to translate, over time, into more substantial, longer-term benefits for people and their communities. Immediate needs are met through SLF support to help cope with crisis: entry into treatment, entry into school, adequate nutrition, removal from violent situations, adequate housing, and counseling and therapy. Once those needs are met, further investment is made to help individuals and communities regroup and rebuild, in areas such as income generation, medical care, and positive living. And particular attention is paid to psychological and emotional well-being, and the bonds that connect people—nurturing relationships within families, creating social networks through child, youth, and granny groups, or community organizations.


With this comprehensive support, stability begins to return. Children stay in school, HIV positive people stay on treatment, family units function, and small but reliable incomes are produced. Ultimately, there are signs that people have recuperated to the extent that they have regained their self-determination and can take active control over their own lives. Children graduate from school and start working, women become community leaders, and local groups engage with their governments to claim their rights.

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