200-90 Allstate Parkway
Markham, ON L3R 6H3
Executive Director: Peter Derrick
Board Chair: Winston Miller

Charitable Reg. #:11924 1990 RR0001


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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) 79 cents are available for programs.

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About effect:hope:

The Leprosy Mission was founded in India in 1869, with the Canadian affiliate formed in Guelph, Ontario, in 1892. In 1982, the development of multi-drug therapy allowed the Leprosy Mission to expand its work from the alleviation of suffering towards a cure. In 2014, the Leprosy Mission rebranded to effect:hope. effect:hope is a Christian development charity with a mission to end suffering due to Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), including leprosy, buruli ulcers, lymphatic filariasis, hookworm, roundworm, and river blindness. effect:hope reports that NTDs affect 1 to 1.5 billion people every year. In 2018, the charity reports that 323,703 people were screened, and 4,386 new cases were found. 120,183 patients were treated directly with an additional 13,041 patients treated through outreach clinics.

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The charity carries out programs in 4 domains: strengthening health systems, research, activating and equipping communities, and advocacy. In collaboration with international partners, effect:hope works in seven countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Kenya, DR Congo, Côte D’Ivoire, and Nigeria. The charity works towards its mission by helping its partners set up hospitals, rural health centres, rehabilitation and vocational training centres, and community services.

In 2018, the charity trained 22,494 healthcare workers and performed 3,395 surgeries. effect:hope reported that it gave deworming treatment and vitamin A supplementation to 1,781,690 children as part of a government-funded project. effect:hope also trained 2,939 local leaders and community members on how to recognize and prevent NTDs, in addition to conducting awareness campaigns that reached 2.5 million people. The charity also initiated self-help groups for 5,471 people with NTDs and funded 26 research projects on NTDs.

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Results and Impact

effect:hope recognizes that NTDs result from and contribute to extreme poverty. Therefore, the charity provides people with education, training, and support in economic activities in addition to medical support. As a result, 60% of families in ultrapoverty (defined by the charity as not being able to afford a pound of rice per person per day) have increased their income by 15%, and 75% of grads had an income increase of 25% in the first year.  

effect:hope reports that 90% of people with leprosy-related anaesthesia on their feet have been ulcer-free for a year.   

effect:hope’s advocacy efforts in Bangladesh have resulted in the government of Bangladesh agreeing to assume responsibility for runing 10 multi-drug therapy centres within government health facilities in Dhaka. Because all multi-drug therapy centres were previously operated by NGOs, this is a big step toward project sustainability. 

For the past 14 yearseffect:hope’s research arm has supported the American Leprosy Mission’s project to develop LepVax, a leprosy vaccine. LepVax is now entering human trials which, if successful, could lead to the prevention of leprosy at the population level.  

Charity Intelligence gave effect:hope an impact rating of High for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

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Impact Rating: High

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effect:hope is a medium-sized charity, receiving $6.6m in donations in 2018. The charity also received $917k in government funding, accounting for 12% of total revenues. Administrative costs were 9% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs were 12% of donations. For every dollar donated, 79 cents go to effect:hope’s programs, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity has $3.0m in funding reserves, which can cover 7 months of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that was sent to effect:hope for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 4, 2019 by Caroline McKenna.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.8%10.0%8.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.3%16.0%16.9%
Total overhead spending 21.1%26.0%24.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 58.0%24.6%42.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,5655,9137,533
Government funding 9171,2851,282
Business activities (net) 121312
Investment income (38)2979
Total revenues 7,4557,2408,906
Program costs 5,2176,6376,350
Administrative costs 659719708
Fundraising costs 8089481,271
Total spending 6,6848,3048,329
Cash flow from operations 771(1,064)577
Capital spending (606)027
Funding reserves 3,0281,6352,683

Note: Business activities are presented gross as no related expenses were reported in the audited financials. Ci reported amortization as a non-cash expense and removed the expense from program and administrative costs on a pro-rata basis. Total amortization was $61k in F2018, $40k in F2017, and $103k in 2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 21

Avg. Compensation: $70,690

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 F2017

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