Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

PO Box 86016 Marda Loop
Calgary, AB T2T 6B7
Executive Director: Janice Eisenhauer
Board President: Madeliene Tarasick

Charitable Reg. #:88771 8203 RR0001


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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) 98 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan:

Founded in 1996, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CWWA) works to combat poverty in Afghanistan. CWWA focuses on educating Afghan women and girls and increasing Canadian awareness of this problem. The charity has four programs: Afghanistan Reads, Investing in Basic Education, Public Engagement, and Technology for Education.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan’s Afghanistan Reads program made up 49% of total program spending in F2018. The program aims to improve literacy and encourage reading among women and girls in Kabul, Takhar and Badakhshan. Women and girls over age 15 can attend classes five to six days per week. Local teachers are trained to run classes in a small library.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan’s Investing in Basic Education program made up 19% of total program spending in F2018. This program trains teachers and enrolls girls in primary school. CWWA reports training nearly 10,000 teachers since 2008. It also says that 350 girls were enrolled in basic school in Kabul in 2018.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan’s Public Engagement program made up 17% of total program spending in F2018. This program gets volunteers in Canada to raise money and awareness for CWWA’s cause. It has ten chapters in Canada with about 2,000 members in total.

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Results and Impact

CWWA reports that 9 female students will advance to the new Grade 11 class in March 2019. It also says that over 3,123 women have learned to read through the Afghanistan Reads program since inception.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan is a small charity, with total donations and special events revenues of $969k in F2018. Administrative costs are 2% of revenues and CWWA reports no fundraising costs. For every dollar donated, 98 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $1.5m can cover 1.6 years of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 16, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.6%1.9%2.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 1.6%1.9%2.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 160.5%119.4%91.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 841,6581,095,625789,200
Fees for service 90530255
Business activities (net) 589(3,372)5,829
Special events 126,891100,94038,273
Investment income 8,0213,0770
Other income 19,033(38,285)(55,326)
Total revenues 996,2821,158,515778,231
Program costs - International 843,788110,187816,814
Program costs - Canada 91,5451,116,22883,432
Administrative costs 15,84421,97815,764
Fundraising costs 000
Total spending 951,1771,248,393916,010
Cash flow from operations 45,105(89,878)(137,779)
Capital spending 4,40930,5344,100
Funding reserves 1,501,3981,464,680820,494

Note: Ci reported business activity revenue (rental income and product sales) net of related expenses, affecting both revenue and expenses by ($8k) in F2018, ($19k) in F2017 and ($27k) in F2016. Ci also adjusted for deferred contributions, affecting revenues by ($111k) in F2018, ($340k) in F2017 and ($251k) in F2016. Ci has also adjusted for the unrealized gain on foreign exchange holdings in other revenue, affecting revenues by $19k in F2018, ($38k) in F2017 and ($55k) in F2016. Ci backed out amortization of $13k in F2018, $18k in F2017, and $13k in F2016 from international program costs to report on a cash basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 1

Avg. Compensation: $41,333

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 F2018

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