3475 Mainway P.O. Box 5070 STN LCD 1
Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8
Executive Director: Jamie McIntosh
Board President: Andrew Geisterfer

Charitable Reg. #:11885 7366 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) 82 cents are available for programs.

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About World Renew:

World Renew is a 5-star charity with Good demonstrated impact on its international development programs. The charity is financially transparent and has reasonable overhead costs. Its results reporting grade is above average.

Founded in 1964, World Renew Canada is a Christian international aid charity, running disaster relief and international development programs. It focuses on promoting peace, justice, health, nutrition, and economic development in the communities it serves. World Renew Canada also works to resettle refugees. It works closely with World Renew USA and Canadian Foodgrains Bank to run its global projects.

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

World Renew’s main programs comprise Disaster Programs, Overseas Development, Education and Justice, and Domestic development. In F2023, the charity helped 549,795 people in 1,200 communities across 29 countries.

The Overseas Development programs comprised 53% of its overall program spending. In F2023, World Renew partnered with 66 churches and Christian organizations around the world providing support in 29 developing countries. World Renew’s overseas development programs helped  221,652 people in F2023.


The Disaster Relief programs represented 28% of World Renew’s spending in F2023. The programs provide emergency food, water, shelter, sanitation, economic assistance, and livelihood rehabilitation. In addition to providing short-term support immediately after a disaster, World Renew aims to address the longer-term effects of disasters with its programs. In F2023, World Renew submitted sponsorship applications for 206 refugees, 45 of whom were sponsored through the government of Canada’s Operation Afghanistan Safety Program. The charity helped 328,134 disaster beneficiaries in 21 countries.

The Education and Justice programs accounted for 15% of World Renew’s overall program spending. The programs aim to improve social and gender equity in the communities served. In the last ten years, World Renew reports that 618,539 people have benefited from its Education and Justice programs.

The remaining 5% of program spending was on Domestic Development.


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Results and Impact

In F2023, World Renew helped 173 refugees resettle in Canada. From 2012-2017 in Bangladesh, Honduras, Mali, Mozambique, and Tanzania, World Renew ran a program to enhance livelihood security for vulnerable households. 89% of farmers who received training as part of the program reported improved crop yields. A 2015-2020 project to encourage farmers to join Village Savings and Loan Associations resulted in nearly 8,000 program participants reporting higher incomes.

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

Charity Intelligence has given World Renew a Good impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.  

Impact Rating: Good

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In F2023, World Renew Canada received $13.9m in Canadian donations and $821k in international donations. It also received $7.5m in government funding, accounting for 33% of revenue. According to its financial notes, World Renew receives funding from two related parties: World Renew USA and the Christian Reformed Church in North America – Canada Corporation. However, the charity does not disclose the amounts of related party transfers included within donations.

Administrative costs are 6% of revenues, and fundraising costs are 12% of revenues for a total overhead spending of 18%. For every dollar donated, 82 cents are available to go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

World renew has $16.2m in funding reserves and can cover about nine months of its current rate of program spending.

In F2023, World Renew granted $14.0m to Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). CFGB works with Global Affairs Canada and 15 partners, including World Renew, to aid developing countries.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to World Renew for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 24, 2024 by Ben Dobozy.



Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.6%7.7%6.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.9%8.1%10.6%
Total overhead spending 17.6%15.8%16.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 76.4%100.9%70.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 13,90818,17114,708
International donations 8212,1051,537
Government funding 7,5129,3006,739
Investment income 492(74)342
Total revenues 22,73329,50323,327
Program costs - International 14,74215,37510,622
Program costs - Canada 1,4481,0401,207
Grants 5,1154,3723,911
Administrative costs 1,2542,2681,369
Fundraising costs 1,6591,4701,560
Total spending 24,21624,52518,669
Cash flow from operations (1,483)4,9784,658
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 16,28320,97411,043

Note: Ci gathered international donations from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA and removed the amounts from Canadian donations. Ci gathered grants to qualified donees from T3010 filings and removed the amounts from international program costs. To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted international program costs by changes in field advances. This affected expenses by ($209k) in F2023, $205k in F2022, and ($403k) in F2021. Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by ($1.1m) in F2023, $1.6m in F2022, and ($1.4m) in F2021. Ci removed amortization from administrative costs. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 26

Avg. compensation: $131,867

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 F2023

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Charity Contact

Website: www.worldrenew.net
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001