Canadian Lutheran World Relief

600-177 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5
Executive Director: Karin Achtelstetter
Board President: Cheryl Hyde

Charitable Reg. #:10686 3038 RR0001


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Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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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) 80 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Lutheran World Relief:

Founded in 1946, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is a Christian international aid charity that focuses on helping people who are displaced by conflicts and natural disasters. CLWR works through emergency aid, food security, education development, and refugee resettlement. CLWR does not disclose how much of its program spending goes towards each of these focuses.

CLWR is one of the 15 partner charities making up Canadian Foodgrains Bank. 

Canadian Lutheran World Relief responded to Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, and an earthquake in Indonesia in F2020. These responses often included food, items from a gift catalogue, and financial support to help people restart businesses and repair homes. 

In F2020, its community development program included job training in the West Bank and Uganda, school improvement in 75 schools in Jordan, and girls’ literacy and leadership training in a Myanmar refugee camp. CLWR also rehabilitated a water source in Yemen, and helped poor families send their kids to school in Nicaragua. 

In F2020, CLWR gave out food in South Sudan, treated malnourished children in DR Congo, and helped farmers in El Salvador get a secure food source by offering micro-insurance for their crops. 

CLWR’s We Care program ships donated care packages to communities in need. This program is sending its last shipment in Fall 2021 because CLWR feels that it is no longer an efficient way of meeting people’s needs. 

CLWR runs a refugee welcoming program with Canadian families and churches. In this program, church groups commit to financially supporting refugees in Canada for their first year after immigrating

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Results and Impact

CLWR finished a school development project in Jordan in F2020. It improved 75 schools by adding and rehabilitating bathrooms, training staff, and providing resources to run extracurriculars with a focus on giving students creative outlets. After the completion of the project, the number of students missing school dropped by 90%. The number of bullying incidents reported dropped by 77%. 

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

Charity Intelligence gave Canadian Lutheran World Relief an impact rating of Average for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Average

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Canadian Lutheran World Relief received donations of $5.0m in F2020CLWR received $7.7m in government funding in F2020 making up 60% of total revenue. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 18% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 20%. For every dollar donated, 80 cents go towards CLWR’s programs, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

The charity has funding reserves of $6.9m. This means that CLWR can cover 60% or just over 7 months of annual program costs using its existing reserves. 

This charity report is an update that was sent to CLWR for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated June 30, 2021 by Asha McMullin. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.7%3.9%4.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.8%16.6%18.1%
Total overhead spending 20.5%20.5%22.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 59.6%106.2%104.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,9765,6206,005
Government funding 7,6732,5583,240
Investment income 14110688
Other income (1)22
Total revenues 12,7888,2879,335
Program costs - International 9,9125,9036,545
Program costs - Canada 1,5571,5091,657
Grants 8035105
Administrative costs 340318380
Fundraising costs 8869341,086
Total spending 12,7758,6999,773
Cash flow from operations 14(412)(438)
Capital spending 411138
Funding reserves 6,8777,9068,654

Note: Ci has included a write-off from impairment of investments in investment income in F2019. This affected revenues by ($23k).

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 20

Avg. Compensation: $80,621

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 F2020

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