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Inter Pares

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

Charitable Reg. #: 11897 1100 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: C

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

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #15

Avg. Compensation $70,967

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 F2014

About Inter Pares:

Founded in 1975, Inter Pares works with its international counterparts 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 120 organizations in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Canada. It primarily works in South East Asia (with 71 collaborators), Canada (with 20 collaborators), and Central America (with 14 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 bringing together activists who are struggling with the same issues.

In Tanzania, Africa, Inter Pares worked with local women’s organizations to advocate local governments and police against sexual violence against women. It reports that police saw a 50% increase in reported sexual violence cases.

In Colombia, Latin America, Inter Pares’ Project Counselling Service helped to develop policies to support the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of combatants after its 60-year internal conflict. It reports that it organized 15 workshops for over 400 people.

Financial Review:

Inter Pares is a medium-sized charity, with donations of $2.4m in F2015. Its administrative costs are 4% of revenues, and its fundraising costs are 12% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 84 cents is put towards its programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity’s funding reserves of $7.6m include $148k in donor-endowed funds. This results in a program cost coverage ratio, excluding donor-endowed funds, of 178%. This means that it can cover 1.8 years of its annual programs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Inter Pares. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 4, 2016 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.2%3.8%3.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.1%17.2%12.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 180.7%114.2%115.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,4021,8562,356
Government funding 3,0454,7644,595
Investment income 133121268
Total revenues 5,5806,7407,219
Program costs 4,2256,0245,824
Administrative costs 228248222
Fundraising costs 291319286
Cash flow from operations 835149886
Funding reserves 7,6356,8776,714
Note: Ci has adjusted adjustment for deferred donations affecting revenues by $808k in F2015, by $2k in F2014, and by $567k in F2013. Ci has adjusted amortization of capital assets affecting expenses by ($23k) in F2015, by ($24k) in F2014, and by ($30k) in F2013.

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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