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World University Service of Canada

1404 Scott Street
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M8
Executive Director: Chris Eaton
Board Chair: David Turpin

Charitable Reg. #: 11930 4848 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Most recent audited financial statements 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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #70

Avg. Compensation $66,001

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 3
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About World University Service of Canada:

Founded in 1957, World University Service of Canada (WUSC) works to improve education, employment, and empowerment opportunities for youth around the world. WUSC’s programs focus on helping youth not enrolled in school and living in poverty, young women facing sexual discrimination in the workplace, young refugees, and other marginalized people. The charity divides its initiatives into three major buckets: education, employment, and empowerment. It also has two flagship initiatives: its Student Refugee Program and Uniterra.

World University Service of Canada worked in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas in 2016. It reported 19 development initiatives during the year. Of the people WUSC helped during the year, 81% were youth, 69% were women, and 43% were refugees.

The Student Refugee Program helped 140 students in 2016/17. Through this program, refugees receive sponsorships to help them continue their education after being displaced and moving to Canada. Uniterra is an international development program WUSC runs in partnership with CECI (Centre for International Studies and Cooperation). In 2016, 14 countries were reached through Uniterra and 194 local partners were supported. The program’s microsite reports that over 1.5m people, 62% of whom are women, have improved their living conditions in developing countries. Current education initiatives include Refugee Girls Education and International Student Management.  In its most recent 2016 annual report, WUSC reports that its Refugee Girls Education Program in Kenya improved literacy scores in Grade 5 girls by 36% and in Grade 10 girls by 65%. Current employment initiatives include Inclusive Market Facilitation and Youth Skills Development. WUSC’s current empowerment initiative is Maternal, Child, and Newborn Health.  

Financial Review:

F2016 figures come from summarized financial statements posted on the charity’s website. Without financial notes, Ci could not break out funding from Government of Canada and Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities from Canadian sources, and also could not break out membership fees or investment income from other revenue.

World University Service of Canada is a medium-sized charity with total Canadian cash donations of $2.4m in F2016. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 6% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.86 goes toward its programs, which falls well within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. WUSC’s funding reserves of $14.2m include a $67k endowment fund. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover only 43% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

WUSC relies heavily on government funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC), formerly Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), to fund its programs. Government funding made up 44% of total revenues in F2016. International donations of $15.5m (42% of total revenues) include $5.5m from the Government of Botswana and $7.4m from UK-Aid.

Donated goods in kind is composed of donated services provided by Canadian volunteers working overseas, and is based on the volunteer daily rate determined by GAC and Canadian International Development Agency.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by World University Service of Canada. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 18, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.3%7.8%8.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.0%4.5%7.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 43.0%25.4%30.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,3951,7001,881
Goods in kind 2,3523,0193,197
Government funding 16,14211,39613,345
Fees for service 06872
Investment income 01120
Other income 15,56418,93816,055
Total revenues 36,45335,13234,569
Program costs - International 18,62217,75815,954
Program costs - Canada 14,39414,27114,848
Administrative costs 3,0372,7363,009
Fundraising costs 14377147
Cash flow from operations 257289612
Funding reserves 14,1978,1439,450
Note: Ci reported endowment contributions in donations, increasing revenue by $126 in F2015 and $180 in F2014. Ci gathered international program costs from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings. Ci included restructuring severance costs in administrative costs. Ci backed out amortization from administrative costs. Other income includes international donations of $15.5m in F2016, $18.8m in F2015 and $15.9m in F2014.

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