Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

80 Hayden Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2
Executive Director: Will Postma
Board President: Valerie Maier

Charitable Reg. #:86643 4640 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 88 cents are available for programs.

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About Primate's World Relief and Development Fund:

Primate's World Relief and Development Foundation is a 4-star charity. It has reasonable overhead costs and reserve funds. It has an above-average results reporting grade of A- and is rated Average for demonstrated impact.

Founded in 1959, Primate’s World Relief Development Fund (PWRDF) is a charity of the Anglican church. It works to improve health, food security, and lives around the world. PWRDF funds programs both globally and in Canada.

In F2023, PWRDF funded 76 projects in 33 countries. Primate’s World Relief Development Fund’s two main programs are Development and Humanitarian Relief and Responses.

Humanitarian Relief Responses – $6.8m (63% of program costs).

Humanitarian Responses: PWRDF responds to emergencies around the world. In F2023, PWRDF provided emergency relief to 334,994 people. In partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, PWRDF responded to the drought in Kenya. It provided 2,500 metric tonnes of corn, 398 metric tonnes of beans, 133,800 L of cooking oil, 35 metric tonnes of salt, and 50 metric tonnes of corn soy blend to 13,000 households. In Ethiopia, it repaired a borehole that provides water to 10,560 displaced people. In partnership with Free Ukraine, PWRDF funded six ambulances.  

Supporting Refugees: In F2023, PWRDF and its partners (DanChurchAid, Christian Aid, and World Vision International) gave cash assistance of over $4 million to 8,563 Ukrainian refugees. PWRDF also gave cash assistance to 1,000 households of Sudanese refugees.

Development – $1.9m (17% of program costs). 

Preventative Health: PWRDF works to improve health to reduce poverty. In F2023, its partners implementing health projects provided services to 44,347 people.

Food Security: PWRDF works to train farmers in strategies that can reduce the effect of climate change on growing food. In F2023, 124,364 small-scale farmers participated in PWRDF’s food security and climate change projects. 

Empowering Women & Girls: PWRDF aims to improve the lives of women and girls to benefit the entire community. In F2023, 24,960 people participated in projects focused on empowering women, girls, and people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

Indigenous Programs: PWRDF supports Indigenous partners both in Canada and internationally. For example, in Pikangikum First Nation in Ontario, 400 of 500 homes do not have indoor plumbing or running water. In F2023, 48 Indigenous youth from 32 communities were trained in water monitoring.

The remaining 20% of program spending went toward supporter relations, ecumenical alliances, salaries, occupancy and office spaces, and travel, monitoring, and evaluation.

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Results and Impact

In F2023, PWRDF worked with Church World Service Kenya to distribute food to 22,441 individuals (4,000 households) in Marsabit, Kenya. The total project budget was $1.4m. Church World Service Kenya and PWRDF distributed monthly food rations to households for four months. Each monthly food ration included 50 kg of maize flour, 10 kg of maize, three litres of cooking oil, and half a kilogram of salt.

In Tana River Sub County, Kenya, PWRDF and its funded partners distributed four months of food rations for 3,000 households. These rations included 50 kg of maize flour, 10 kg of beans, three liters of oil, and one kg of salt per household per month.

In South Sudan, PWRDF and its funded partners gave 11 months of cash transfers for food ($112 USD per household per month) for 640 vulnerable households (3,840 people).

In Mali, PWRDF and its partner, Muso, helped increase vaccine coverage from 231,923 in April 2022 to 630,016 people in November 2022.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, PWRDF and its funded partner help victims of sexual and gender-based violence. PWRDF and its partner helped 878 of 1,921 women successfully reintegrate into their community.

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

Charity Intelligence has given Primate’s World Relief Development Fund an Average impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Average

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In F2023, Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund received $10.5m in donations. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 4% of donations. Total overhead costs are 12%. For each dollar donated 88 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Reserve funds of $11.6m can cover program costs for just over one year at the F2022 level. These reserve funds include PWRDF’s cash and investments. These amounts include $253k committed to future projects.

PWRDF’s F2023 T3010 filing with the CRA was not yet available at the time of this report. As such, compensation information reflects F2022.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Primate’s World Relief Development Fund for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 21, 2023. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.1%6.4%9.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.9%4.1%6.9%
Total overhead spending 12.0%10.5%16.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 106.3%153.8%150.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 10,5428,1414,437
Government funding 393,1803,002
Investment income (3)2331,469
Other income 17410080
Total revenues 10,75311,6558,989
Program costs 10,9167,4796,118
Grants 0542669
Administrative costs 873728704
Fundraising costs 408337304
Total spending 12,1989,0857,795
Cash flow from operations (1,445)2,5701,193
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 11,59912,33710,194

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting donations and total revenues by $617k in F2023, $462k in F2022, and ($593k) in F2021. Ci also adjusted for deferred government funding, affecting government funding and total revenues by ($661k) in F2023, $227k in F2022, and $434k in F2021. Ci included unrealized gain (loss) on investment income in investment income, affecting investment income and total revenues by ($56k) in F2023, ($683k) in F2022, and $1.1m in F2021. In F2021, Ci adjusted for Canada Emergency Wage subsidies receivable, affecting government funding and total revenue by ($61k). The F2023 T3010 filing with the CRA was not yet available at the time of this report. For this reason, Ci was unable to report gifts to qualified donees in F2023 or separate spending on international programs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 22

Avg. compensation: $93,297

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 F2022

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