221 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, ON K1N 6P1
Executive Director: Charlotte Kiddell & Samantha McGavin
Board Chair: Amanda Dale

Charitable Reg. #:11897 1100 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 70 cents are available for programs.

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About Inter Pares:

Founded in Ottawa in 1975, Inter Pares works with its international counterparts — local and national activist organizations — to help communities confront injustice, implement solutions, develop innovative initiatives, and advocate to governments. Inter Pares is also committed to engaging Canadians in the struggle for global justice and equalityThe charity specifically focuses on issues surrounding women's equality, peace and democracy, food sovereignty, economic justice, health, and migration. 

Inter Pares currently works with over 75 social justice organizations in 22 countries (ten in Africa, six in the Americas, and six in Asia). In F2020, 73% of international program expenditure went to the following three organizations: Burma Relief Centre ($2.4m), Likhaan Center for Women's Health - Philippines ($275k), and the Sudanese Organization for Research and Development ($191k). Inter Pares did not provide a breakdown of spending by program.

Women's Equality: Inter Pares’ work to support women’s equality focuses on women’s health, women’s leadership, feminism, violence against women, and women’s rights. In F2020, the charity's counterpart, Tamil Nadu Women's Collective, brought together 100,000 marginalized women in Tamil Nadu, India, to address abuse, promote agroecology, and support female political participation. Inter Pares also provided 91 women and girls training on mental health, bodily autonomy, and the right to live free from violence in Mexico, in F2020.

Peace and Democracy: Through this program, Inter Pares works to protect and enforce freedom of expression, human rights, and Indigenous and ethnic rights. Together with 65 Canadian organizations, Inter Pares joined the call to publicly condemn state-sponsored violence and the speech of President Duterte in the Philippines by sending a joint letter to President Trudeau, in F2020.

Food Sovereignty: Inter Pares works to foster sustainable food systems that support small farmers, feed communities, and protect the environment. In F2020, Inter Pares accompanied 16 Senegalese rural women leaders to the Journées de l’Agroécologie event in Dakar. Over 400,000 people gathered at this event to discuss and validate policy recommendations that supported the Senegalese government’s transition to agroecology.


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Results and Impact

In F2020, Inter Pares and its counterparts distributed 20,000 kg of grains and pulses to workers living in informal camps in India. Together with Tamil Nadu Women's Collective, it also provided food and other supplies to 980 widows and elderly women in 231 villages who are unable to work due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Charity Intelligence highlights these key results. They may not be a complete representation of Inter Pares' results.

Charity Intelligence has given Inter Pares an impact rating of Low for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Inter Pares received donations of $1.8m in F2020. Inter Pares also received $4.1m in government funding in F2020, accounting for 65% of total revenues. Its administrative costs are 4% of revenues (excluding investment income), and its fundraising costs are 26% of donations. For every dollar donated, 70 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

The charity has funding reserves of $7.6m, which can cover 1.4 years of its annual program costs. 

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

Updated July 27, 2021 by Rachel Leteta.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.7%3.6%4.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.1%20.4%30.2%
Total overhead spending 29.8%24.0%34.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 141.0%169.6%150.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,7932,3021,453
International donations 293301397
Government funding 4,1104,2683,955
Investment income 150102154
Total revenues 6,3476,9735,958
Program costs - International 3,9173,7414,168
Program costs - Canada 1,4601,6491,393
Administrative costs 227244249
Fundraising costs 468470439
Total spending 6,0726,1046,250
Cash flow from operations 274869(292)
Capital spending 1498
Funding reserves 7,5849,1448,370

Note: Ci used the charity's T3010a filing with the CRA to report international donations and international program spending. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 18

Avg. compensation: $82,434

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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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Comment added to the profile by Inter Pares on July 27, 2021.

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 Annual Report 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 75 counterpart organizations who are working in 22 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 discuss our programming and/or operations, please contact Lorraine Hudson at lhudson@interpares.ca or 1-866-563-4801.

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