SEVA Canada

#100 - 2000 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 2G2
Executive Director: Penny Lyons
Board Chair: Laura Spencer

Charitable Reg. #: 13072 4941 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Results Reporting

Grade: A

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

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Good

Full-time staff #6

Avg. Compensation $66,929

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 2
$40k - $80k 3
< $40k 1
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About SEVA Canada:

Founded in 1982, Seva Canada Society (Seva) works to prevent or reverse blindness. An estimated 36 million people around the world are blind, and another 217 million have significant trouble seeing. A medical journal, The Lancet, predicts that due to the aging population, 115 million people could be blind by 2050. Up to 80% of blindness is preventable or treatable including the leading treatable cause, cataracts. Seva addresses vision issues by offering glasses, medicine, and surgery to those in need. In F2017, Seva-funded eye care programs helped 1,448,969 people. Cataract surgeries specifically, were performed on 96,084 people.

Seva operates in 13 countries: Benin, Burundi, Cambodia, Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Tanzania, and Tibetan areas of China. Seva partners with groups of people in remote areas to create and staff Community Eye Centres. Scholarships encourage local doctors to learn more about eyes, and staff are trained in modern surgery procedures such as those treating glaucoma and cataracts. Most patients pay a small amount surgery. The money collected allows the eye centres to provide free care to the poorest 10% of patients, and to operate self-sufficiently. The fees for service are not collected by Seva Canada because they are used by the individual eye centres in continued operations. 

Seva Canada Society recognizes that there is almost no difference in the rate that men and women go blind, but women are significantly less likely to access eye care. Among children with treatable blindness, two-thirds are girls. The charity has an initiative called Equal Right to Sight, and part of this programming is working with local women’s groups to help the eye centres reach out to women.

Results and Impact: People with restored sight, including the 96k who received cataract surgeries this year, have restored dignity, productivity, and independence. Up to 75% of people with visual impairment need help from someone to complete everyday tasks. By allowing someone to see, you increase their own productivity, but also the productivity of those who were acting as caregivers. Children with restored sight can return to school and eventually work. Without these opportunities, they would certainly be unable to escape poverty.

Financial Review:

Seva Canada Society is a medium-sized charity with donations and special events revenues of $1.5m in F2017. Administrative costs were 10% of total revenues and fundraising costs were 15% of donations. For every dollar donated, 75 cents go towards Seva’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. Seva had total funding reserves of $329k in F2017, for a program cost coverage ratio of 24%. This means that the charity’s reserves can cover annual program costs for 3 months, indicating that there is a need for funding.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Seva Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated May 29, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.1%7.5%8.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.0%12.5%15.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 23.8%24.8%45.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,461,8311,688,9881,227,221
Goods in kind 2,7461,2431,171
Government funding 0191,358197,910
Special events 55,10845,02539,290
Investment income 10,43411,4907,253
Total revenues 1,530,1191,938,1041,472,845
Program costs 1,382,2281,603,5221,153,608
Administrative costs 152,991144,230129,878
Fundraising costs 228,017216,057199,952
Cash flow from operations (233,117)(25,705)(10,593)
Funding reserves 329,085397,016525,979
Note: Note: Special events revenue includes net merchandise sale of greeting cards, t-shirts, and calendars that the charity sells online. Ci has reported revenues net of cost of goods sold, affecting revenues by ($4.6k) in F2017, ($7.4k) in F2016, and ($7.0k) in F2015. Ci has removed amortization from administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis. Program specific amortization was reported by the charity and removed from program costs. 

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