44 Eccles Street #200
Ottawa, ON K1R 6S4
CEO: Glenn Mifflin
Board Chair: Patricia Perez-Coutts

Charitable Reg. #:81111 6813 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 69 cents are available for programs.

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About Cuso International:

Founded in 1961, Cuso International (Cuso) aims to reduce poverty and inequality around the world. Cuso works in 20 countries across four continents, including Africa, Asia, North and Central America, and South America.

Cuso reports on three main program areas: Empowering Women and Girls, Improving Opportunities for Youth, and Harnessing the Power of Volunteers. The charity does not provide a spending breakdown for its programs.

Cuso International’s Empowering Women and Girls programs aim to reduce gender inequality and improve health outcomes for women. In F2020, Cuso’s Midwives Save Lives project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo trained 350 midwives in emergency care. In total, Cuso reports that its midwife training projects have helped more than 1.5 million women in Benin, the DRC, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. Cuso also helped to train 300 women farmers in Benin in F2020. In Myanmar, Cuso provided social services and safehouses to 72 women during the year.

Cuso’s Improving Opportunities for Youth projects aim to create jobs and provide training for new businesses. In Nigeria, Cuso’s YouLead project trained 342 people in entrepreneurship and 309 people in technical skills in F2020. Cuso’s T-LED project in Tanzania provides training for small- and medium-sized businesses. In F2020, 504 companies received training in marketing, business management, graphic design, or finance through T-LED.

Through its Harnessing the Power of Volunteers program, Cuso sends volunteers to assist its local partners around the world. Cuso International’s volunteer placements last an average of six to twelve months. In F2020, Cuso states that its volunteers worked with 178 local partners to help implement their projects. It estimates that these local projects reached a total of 750,579 people during the year.

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Results and Impact

Cuso states that 96% of its local partners involved in gender-based programs reported that their clients gained new knowledge and skills. Following midwife training programs in Tanzania, women increased their use of prenatal care from 35% to 56% and postnatal care from 25% to 69%. Cuso also reports that its YouLead program helped to create 540 new businesses in F2020. This included 199 businesses run by women.

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

Charity Intelligence has given Cuso International a Fair impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Fair

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Cuso International received $6.0m in donations in F2020. It also received $21.9m in government funding from Global Affairs Canada, representing 58% of revenues, and $9.9m in volunteer services, representing 26% of revenues.

Administrative costs are 6% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 31%. For every dollar donated, 69 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Cuso has $8.5m in funding reserves, which could cover 36% or nearly four months of annual program costs.

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

Updated on May 21, 2021 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.9%5.2%5.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.5%30.0%34.8%
Total overhead spending 31.4%35.2%39.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 35.9%33.5%33.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,0094,6974,574
Goods in kind 9,93213,73012,725
Government funding 21,91029,45227,202
Investment income (134)184132
Total revenues 37,71648,06444,633
Program costs - International 23,09022,61920,429
Program costs - Canada 4896,9776,665
Donated goods exp 9,93213,73012,725
Administrative costs 2,2432,4922,230
Fundraising costs 1,5311,4091,593
Total spending 37,28447,22743,642
Cash flow from operations 432836991
Capital spending 103198124
Funding reserves 8,4679,9189,180

Note: Ci reported international program spending from Cuso’s T3010 filings with the CRA, and removed the amounts from Canadian program costs. Ci reported volunteered services separately from program costs in “donated goods exp”.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 155

Avg. compensation: $69,957

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 F2020

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Charity Contact

Website: www.cusointernational.org
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