Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

B12, 6020 - 2nd St. SE
Calgary, AB T2H 2L8
CEO: Shauna Curry
Board Chair: David P. O'Brien

Website: www.cawst.org
Charitable Reg. #: 86375 1616 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: A-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Most recent audited financial statements 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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #22

Avg. Compensation $82,459

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 8
$40k - $80k 1
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology:

Founded in 2001, Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) acts as a centre of expertise in water and sanitation for poor people in developing countries. The charity is a licensed engineering firm and improves access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation in developing countries by building the knowledge and skills of people locally so that they can create affordable, sustainable solutions for themselves.

CAWST serves its clients through three routes: directly, through its WET Centres, and through Virtual WET Centres. CAWST's direct client services include training workshops, consulting, education materials, and online resources. Through its WET (Water Expertise and Training) Centres program, the charity partners with other organizations and teaches them the model CAWST follows when helping people create solutions for better water and sanitation access. CAWST launched its Virtual WET Centre in 2013 to provide this same service online, increasing reach. The charity also runs a Youth Wavemakers program, where it works with youth to increase awareness and help them access the tools they need to help with water and sanitation issues on the local and global levels.

In 2015, CAWST delivered 390 training and consulting support sessions that trained 5,800 people directly and via WET Centres. Since 2001, the charity has developed 1,330 online educational materials, run 1,226 training workshops and made 464 counselling visits. Its 2015 client base included 159 local charities, 85 government clients, 78 large international organizations, 59 small international organizations, 35 local enterprises or entrepreneurs, 13 educational institutions and 4 UN agencies. CAWST’s virtual WET centre reached over 4,000 clients from 2,200 organizations in 2015, bringing the cumulative total to 11,000 registered users from 4,200 organizations in 190 countries.

In 2015, the charity had 170 youth participating in its Youth Wavemakers program across nine Youth Wavemakers teams. These youth worked on action projects that reached 2,905 people in their communities. Additionally, 2,920 youth were reached by educators independently delivering Wavemaker resources.

Since 2001, 1,091 clients in 82 countries have reported implementing water or sanitation projects, including 121 new clients in 2015.  CAWST also reports that 13.1 million people now have better water or sanitation because of projects implemented by CAWST clients since 2001, including 1.7 million new people in 2015. The charity’s 2016 annual report was not available at the time of this profile update.

Financial Review:

CAWST is a big-cap charity with donations of $7.4m in F2016. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 14% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.76 goes towards its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. CAWST’s funding reserves of $15.0m can cover annual program costs for 4.3 years.

Ci did not include donations from related parties (CAWST’s Board Chair, other directors, and CEO) in donations when calculating the fundraising cost ratio ($5.5m in F2016, $3.2m in F2015 and $3.2m in F2014, representing 75% of total donations over the three years). 

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by CAWST. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 27, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.7%14.4%9.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 14.0%32.8%29.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 429.0%309.7%298.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 7,4024,1674,231
Government funding 21,0411,740
Fees for service 822429
Investment income 144167136
Total revenues 7,6295,3986,136
Program costs 3,4993,8303,852
Administrative costs 727753558
Fundraising costs 267313298
Cash flow from operations 3,1365021,428
Funding reserves 15,01011,86311,501
Note: Ci adjusted for deferred capital contributions and deferred contributions, affecting revenues by $2.9m in F2016, $345k in F2015 and $1.1m in F2014. Ci gathered program, administrative and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings and backed out depreciation on a pro-rata basis. Ci reported loss on sale of marketable securities of $46k in F2016 in non-cash expenses.

Comments added by the Charity:

CAWST has provided services to over 6,000 client organizations in 190 countries and 1,290 clients in 84 countries have reported implementing water or sanitation projects since 2001. As a result of CAWST and WET Centre clients’ projects, 15.4 million people are benefitting from better water or sanitation.

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