Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

Upper 424 Aviation Road NE
Calgary, AB T2E 8H6
CEO: Shauna Curry
Board Chair: David O'Brien

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

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

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

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

Full-time staff #16

Avg. Compensation $77,270

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 9
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2013

About Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology:

Founded in 2001, Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) 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. It accomplishes this objective by providing educational materials, technical training and consulting to organizations engaged in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects.

CAWST has set up eight WET Centres, which are locally staffed organizations established jointly by CAWST and a local partner organization. WET Centres provide WASH education, training and technical support to organizations and individuals. They help local implementers start, scale-up, sustain and improve their WASH projects.

As of 2014, CAWST works with 793 clients in 68 countries.  As a result of projects implemented by CAWST clients 9.3 million people are benefiting from better water or sanitation.

Financial Review:

Donations dropped $6.3m from 2013 to 2014 due to $8m in extraordinary donations received in 2013 that were deferred by the charity. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues and the fundraising costs are 4% of donations. The charity has funding reserves of $11.5m which can cover annual program costs 2.7 times.


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

Updated July 24, 2015 by Yash Ahuja.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.1%1.8%4.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.5%2.0%9.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 271.8%328.2%51.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,23110,4942,309
Government funding 1,7401,4671,459
Fees for service 291960
Investment income 136424
Total revenues 6,13612,0223,832
Program costs 4,2323,0643,127
Administrative costs 304215165
Fundraising costs 188213227
Cash flow from operations 1,4128,530314
Funding reserves 11,50110,0571,621
Note: Ci used the charity's T3010 CRA filing to break out fundraising expenses. The gain/loss on sale of marketable securities was excluded from expenses affecting revenues by $15k in 2014, ($42k) in 2013 and ($5k) in 2012. Ci recognizes revenue in the year received. The adjustment for deferred revenue changed revenues by $1m in 2014, $8m in 2013 and $275k in2012.

Comments added by the Charity:

As of 2015, CAWST works with 1,091 client organizations in 82 countries. As a result of projects implemented by CAWST clients 13.1 million people are benefitting from better water or sanitation.


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