#100 - 2000 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 2G2
Executive Director: Liz Brant
Board Co-Chair: Jill Guthrie

Charitable Reg. #:13072 4941 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 76 cents are available for programs.

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About Seva Canada:

Seva Canada is a top-rated 5-star and high-impact charity. The charity has an above-average results reporting score. Its overhead spending is within Ci’s reasonable range, and it has reserve funds to cover program costs for a year and two months.

Founded in 1982, Seva Canada Society (Seva) works to prevent and reverse blindness in developing countries. An estimated 43 million people around the world are blind. Seva reports that 30 million children experience some form of visual impairment, and two million are blind. Seva-supported research has found that more of the world’s blind are women and girls. Women and girls are 12% more likely to have vision loss and 8% more likely to be blind. Seva treats vision issues by offering glasses, medicine, and eye surgeries (mainly cataract and glaucoma) to those in need.

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

Seva operates in 10 countries: Burundi, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Francophone West Africa, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, Nepal, and Tanzania.

In F2022, Seva-partner hospitals and eye camps performed 76,281 cataract surgeries (53% women and 47% men) and 10,914 glaucoma and other surgeries. Seva also provided 9,604 people with prescription glasses.

Seva partners with people in remote areas to create and staff Community Eye Centres. Training sessions help doctors learn modern surgery procedures to treat glaucoma and cataracts. In F2022, three ophthalmologists received retina and glaucoma training, two received cataract surgical training, and one doctor received ophthalmology training. Also, 20 nurses completed ophthalmic specialty training, and 40 ophthalmic assistants completed a three-year training program.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, Seva-funded eye care services helped 1,224,642 people.

People with restored sight have restored dignity, productivity, and independence. Up to 75% of people with visual impairment need help from someone to complete everyday tasks. Restoring sight helps those who are visually impaired, but also improves productivity for caregivers. Children with restored sight can return to school and eventually work. In F2022, Seva helped 76,281 people undergo sight-restoring cataract surgeries. Seva reports that every $50 donated is equal to one cataract surgery. However, even assuming all costs for the charity are for cataract surgeries, in F2022, based on the number of cataract surgeries reported by the charity, the average cost per surgery is $22.

Charity Intelligence has given Seva a High impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: High

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Seva Canada received $1.9m in donations and special event revenue in F2022.

Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 15% of donations. This results in overhead spending of 24%. For every dollar donated, 76 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity has reserve funds of $1.4m. It can cover around a year and two months of its annual program costs with its reserve funds.

Charity Intelligence has sent this profile update to Seva Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 1, 2023 by Kiara Andrade.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.8%6.0%10.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.0%10.6%16.0%
Total overhead spending 23.8%16.6%26.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 118.9%91.2%82.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,922,8052,430,1021,427,967
Goods in kind 00638
Government funding 0032,872
Special events 5624,44612,326
Investment income (33,016)(46,727)31,043
Total revenues 1,890,3512,387,8211,504,846
Program costs - International 1,188,8521,228,592842,740
Administrative costs 170,077146,938147,462
Fundraising costs 287,728257,730230,829
Other costs 1,5201,172739
Total spending 1,648,1771,634,4321,221,770
Cash flow from operations 242,174753,389283,076
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 1,413,4111,120,721697,034

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by ($100k) in F2022, $275k in F2021, and $57k in F2020. Ci listed cost of goods sold in other costs, affecting total expenses by $2k in F2022, $1k in F2021, and $739 in F2020. Ci removed amortization from administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 6

Avg. compensation: $68,730

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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Charity Contact

Website: www.seva.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001