101-20 Valleywood Drive
Markham, ON L3R 6G1
CEO: Kim Evans
Board Chair: Peter Hogg

Charitable Reg. #:11924 1990 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 85 cents are available for programs.

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About Effect Hope:

Effect Hope is a 4-star charity with high demonstrated impact. The charity has a C Results Reporting grade, which is below average. For every dollar donated to the charity, 85 cents are available to go to the cause, which is within Ci's reasonable range.

Founded in 1892, Effect Hope (formerly The Leprosy Mission Canada) is a Christian development charity with a mission to bring hope and restoration to people affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Examples of NTDs include leprosy, Buruli ulcers, lymphatic filariasis, hookworm, roundworm, and river blindness. The Leprosy Mission was founded in India in 1869. In 1982, the development of multi-drug therapy allowed the Leprosy Mission to expand its work from the alleviation of suffering to a cure. In 2014, the Leprosy Mission rebranded to Effect Hope (EH). Effect Hope reports that one in five, or 1.7 billion people globally have an NTD. The charity runs programs in eight countries: Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The charity partners with others to deliver programs that strengthen healthcare systems and improve access to resources for marginalized people. Partners include other global health organizations, local governments, and community leaders.

In 2023, Effect Hope spent $5.8m on its programs. Due to inconsistency in program reporting, Charity Intelligence could not determine a spending breakdown for Effect Hope’s four main programs: Find, Treat, Care, and Empower. Effect Hope appears to spend $590k (10% of program spending) on Canadian programs (Constituency Education). The charity does not report anything on its Constituency Education program.

Find: Effect Hope finds people at risk of NTDs to provide early diagnosis and intervention. The charity’s ASPIRE project in India screened over one million people, of which 736 were diagnosed with leprosy, 2,662 with lymphatic filariasis, and 2,798 with scabies. Effect Hope trained 4,520 healthcare professionals to recognize, treat, and refer people with NTDs. In 2023, EH diagnosed 8,622 new people with skin NTDs, of which 3,906 were women.

Treat: Effect Hope treats diseases to prevent disabilities and other complications. The charity provided 607 surgeries to restore mobility. EH reports that 21,422 newly diagnosed people received treatment, and 2,120,492 people were treated through Mass Drug Administration.

Care: Effect Hope provides care for those with NTDs. Services include physical needs aid, self-care training, and mental health support. In 2023, EH sent 4,801 pairs of customized protective footwear to restore mobility. The charity also reported 5,060 people received self-care training and 464 people received mental health counselling.

Empower: Effect Hope helps people with NTDs live full lives through education and skills training. The charity also advocates to drive change in the perception of NTDs. In 2023, EH trained 980 outreach workers to spread awareness about NTD symptoms and treatments. Effect Hope reports it reached 1,962,515 people through its awareness and education activities. In 2023, 2,862 people received skills training, 254 people received support for starting a small business, and 64,359 children were educated about symptoms and treatments for NTDs.

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Results and Impact

Effect Hope invested in research to increase Skin NTD detection in Liberia. EH reports that its research increased the identification of overlooked leprosy cases by 325% in Liberia.

The charity’s ASPIRE project in India screened over one million people, of which 736 were diagnosed with leprosy, 2,662 with lymphatic filariasis, and 2,798 with scabies. The charity reports these NTDs would otherwise have gone undetected.

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

Charity Intelligence gave Effect Hope an impact rating of High for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: High

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Effect Hope received $8.0m in donations in 2023. EH spent $5.8m on its programs, which is 68% of revenue. In 2023, Effect Hope recorded a surplus of $1.4m, which is 17% of revenue.

Administrative costs are 7% of revenue (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 9% of donations. Total overhead spending is 15%. For every dollar donated to Effect Hope, 85 cents are available to go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range.

EH has $7.0m in reserve funds (cash and investments), which can cover 121%, or one year and three months of its annual program costs.

In 2023, Effect Hope paid external fundraisers $139k to collect $155k. It costs Effect Hope 90 cents to raise a dollar using external fundraisers.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Effect Hope for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.  

Updated on May 29, 2024 by Liam Chapleau.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.6%14.1%7.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.8%19.0%11.3%
Total overhead spending 15.4%33.0%18.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 121.2%151.4%112.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 7,9944,5435,606
Government funding 121,408
Business activities (net) 85391
Investment income 364(154)315
Total revenues 8,4434,4297,330
Program costs - International 5,1743,2255,187
Program costs - Canada 590652574
Administrative costs 534645520
Fundraising costs 700861635
Total spending 6,9975,3836,916
Cash flow from operations 1,446(954)414
Capital spending 30715
Funding reserves 6,9875,8706,478

Note: Ci used the T3010 to report International Program Costs. Ci put the difference between the T3010 and AFS program costs in Canadian program costs, which was $590k in 2023, $652k in 2022, and $574k in 2021. Ci removed amortization on a pro-rata basis from Canadian and international program costs, fundraising costs, and administrative costs. Ci adjusted international program costs by the net change in amount due to field programs, affecting expenses by $15k in 2023, ($15k) in 2022, and $1.5m in 2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 16

Avg. compensation: $83,016

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 F2023

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