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Inter Pares

221 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, ON K1N 6P1
Executive Director: Kathryn Dingle & Rita Morbia
Board Chair: Sari Tudiver

Website: www.interpares.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 11897 1100 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

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 ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #17

Avg. Compensation $71,776

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 10
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Inter Pares:

Founded in 1975, Inter Pares works with its international counterparts — local and national activist organizations — to help communities confront injustice, implement locally-adapted solutions, develop innovative initiatives, and advocate to their governments. It believes in developing two-way collaboration with its partners instead of the traditional one-way 'helping' relationship. Inter Pares works with 108 organizations across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Canada. It primarily works in Southeast Asia (with 67 collaborators), Canada (with 17 collaborators), and Central America (with 10 collaborators). Inter Pares focuses on issues surrounding women's equality, peace and democracy, control over resources, economic justice, food sovereignty, health, and migration. It also advocates for improved and fairer policies, supports women's leadership, and facilitates learning exchanges by connecting activists who are struggling with the same issues.

In its reporting on its activities within Asia, Inter Pares reports that it arranged for four West African rural women leaders to travel to Telangana, India to learn from women’s community groups. In another instance, in response to the prevalent sexual violence from Burmese security forces against Rohingya women, one of the charity’s counterparts published testimonies of 21 Rohingya women survivors who fled to Bangladesh.

In 2017, a Columbian counterpart of Inter Pares helped youth groups develop 8 activist art projects. These projects included community radio programs on sexual violence, poetry and hip hop to raise awareness on militarism, and workshops about trans rights and violence against the LGBTI population. Within Canada the same year, Inter Pares supported the six public education videos International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group created to explain Bill C-59, the new national security legislation that gives agencies allowance to collect information unrelated to national security. 

In Africa during 2017, one of Inter Pares’ counterparts trained 37 women in Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Senegal, and Guinea-Bissau in agroecology – a sustainable small-scale farming method. The charity reports 12km of stone cordons were built in Togo to combat soil erosion on 45 hectares of land. In 2017, the charity also supported 18 Sudanese Organization for Research and Development lawyers in their fight for women in cases of early and forced marriages, violent spousal abuse, or child custody. In Guinea-Bissau, Inter Pares’ counterpart, Tiniguena, organized 30 citizen watch committees to respond to illegal fishing, mining, and logging.

Results and Impact: The 37 women trained in agroecology taught 2,300 women the new methods, and together the women set up 253 composting units in Côte d’Ivoire to provide fertility to 85 hectares of land. One of Inter Pares’ counterparts in Burma developed recommendations to change discriminatory customary laws. Consequently, authorities agreed to fairer conditions surrounding inheritance and family law, which will help approximately 25,000 Zotung women.

Financial Review:

Inter Pares is a Medium-sized charity, with donations of $2.2m in F2017. Its administrative costs are 3% of revenues, and its fundraising costs are 18% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, 79 cents go to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity’s funding reserves of $8.3m include $148k in donor-endowed funds. Funding reserves can cover 1.4 years of program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Inter Pares for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 2, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201720162015
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.1%3.9%4.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.7%18.3%12.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 143.9%143.6%180.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201720162015
Donations 2,1752,1062,402
Government funding 4,3284,3043,045
Investment income 163182133
Total revenues 6,6656,5915,580
Program costs 5,7895,6054,227
Administrative costs 203247227
Fundraising costs 385385290
Cash flow from operations 288355835
Funding reserves 8,3308,0467,635
Note: Ci has adjusted for deferred donations, increasing revenues by $317k in F2017, $496k in F2016, and $808k in F2015. Ci reduced program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rated basis to account for amortization of capital assets.

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comments refer to a previous Inter Pares profile. The charity has been asked to provide updated comments. 

Through the 2015 social results reporting framework of Charity Intelligence, Inter Pares’ received a score of zero on the following questions:

• Does the charity provide quantification of the prevalence, scope and/or magnitude of the problem?

• Are the outputs or levels of service provided compared with previous years?

• Does the charity provide numeric expectations for program outputs?

• Are provided outcomes compared with previous years?

• Does the charity state goals for outcomes?

• Has the charity disclosed definitions and calculations for outcome measurements?

• Has the report been assured?

• Does the charity present a thoughtful assessment of program results?

• Does the charity report what it has learned during the past two years?

• Does the charity report changes made during the past year to programming as a result of what they learned?

These are all interesting and useful questions to ask a charity in regards to its programs, if using a results-based-management approach to social change. These are also all standard questions posed to charities by large funders including the Government of Canada, from whom Inter Pares receives funding. Inter Pares produce extensive reports several times per year which provide data to address these kind of quantifiable outcomes. We also now include a sampling of those concrete numeric outcomes in our December Highlights published each year.

However, Inter Pares has decided not to orient our communications materials towards results-based management to the extent that would lead to high scores on the above questions, for the simple reason that we work with 123 counterpart organizations who are working in 37 countries around the world. To provide quantitative data on the results and lessons learned of all these organizations involves hundreds of pages of reports. In our conversations with our donors, we have often been told that lengthy statistical reports are not what our donors demand from us. Instead Inter Pares uses an approach that focuses on giving concrete individual examples of pieces of our work, as a way of illustrating a bigger picture.

We commend Charity Intelligence Canada for their extensive efforts in facilitating public comparisons of Canadian charities. Due to Inter Pares’ communications approach that focuses on concrete, detailed examples rather than results-based-management, we expect to continue to receive low scores in this assessment.

If you are an Inter Pares supporter and would like to receive or discuss our most recent report to Global Affairs Canada, please call Jack Hui Litster at 1-866-563-4801.

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