Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief

Suite 200, 284 Richmond St. E
Toronto, ON M5A 1P4
Executive Director: Dusanka Pavlica
Board Chair: Dr. Steve Ferracuti

Charitable Reg. #:11883 5230 RR0001


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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) 63 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief:

Founded in 1984, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) works with health professionals and governments in Sub-Saharan Africa to build healthy communities. Headquartered in Toronto, CPAR has field offices and runs programs in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Tanzania. Through its core programs, CPAR supports the World Health Organization’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Core program areas include Food Security & Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Livelihoods, and Primary Health Care.

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief says that 40% to 60% of Ethiopia’s population is food insecure, while 45% live below the poverty line. In F2018, CPAR organized 99 seed multiplier farmer groups in Ethiopia. It also distributed 2,103kg of basic seeds (peanuts, sesame, finger millet, and beans) to seed multiplier farmer groups.

In Malawi, half the population (9.6 million) is living without an adequate toilet. CPAR reports that over 3,100 children under the age of five die each year because of poor sanitation and use of dirty water. In F2018, CPAR worked with village leaders in Malawi to help over 100 villages in three districts get open-defecation free status.

CPAR says that almost 8,000 women die every year in Tanzania during pregnancy and childbirth as a result of preventable conditions. In F2018, CPAR distributed 1,800 safe-birth kits and trained 118 community health workers on safe birthing practices. It also gave 160 mobile phones to community health workers and nurses, allowing them to alert local health clinics and hospitals about pregnant women to ensure that they are properly cared for.

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Results and Impact

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief reported that in F2018, its original 2,103kg of seeds distributed in Ethiopia increased to 49,200kg. Average crop productivity for major crops grown in Ethiopian communities increased by up to 27%. In Tanzania, CPAR reports helping to safely deliver over 2,500 babies in F2018.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief is a ­­­­medium-sized charity, with total donations of $1.6m in F2018. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 27% of donations. For every dollar donated, 63 cents go to the cause. This is not within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $647k can cover 6 months of annual program costs.

­CPAR paid external fundraisers $53k in F2018 to raise $91k for a cost of 58 cents per dollar raised.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 20, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.2%7.8%7.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 27.2%24.0%19.8%
Total overhead spending 37.5%31.8%27.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 55.0%59.4%92.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,620,2131,911,9401,894,597
Government funding 00154,733
Investment income 60,55062,71969,457
Total revenues 1,680,7631,974,6592,118,787
Program costs 1,175,4531,492,5401,189,205
Administrative costs 165,966149,082161,579
Fundraising costs 440,910459,299374,945
Total spending 1,782,3292,100,9211,725,729
Cash flow from operations (101,566)(126,262)393,058
Capital spending 2,71110,2073,440
Funding reserves 646,751886,4651,093,855

Note: Ci removed the realized loss on disposal of non-cash donations from revenue, affecting revenues by $86k in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 69

Avg. Compensation: $14,237

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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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

New About CPAR:

Founded in 1984 in response to the famine in Ethiopia, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) is a non-profit organization working in partnership with health professionals, vulnerable communities, governments and diverse organizations to build healthy communities in Africa.

Through our programming, CPAR supports the achievement of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development through programming that:

  • Improves health systems capacity and;
  • Addresses the social determinants of health, including food security and nutrition, clean water, sanitation and hygiene, sustainable livelihoods.

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