Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

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

Charitable Reg. #:86375 1616 RR0001

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FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

Most recent Audited financial statements available on the charity’s website.

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RESULTS REPORTING

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

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DEMONSTRATED IMPACT

The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.

NEED FOR FUNDING

Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.

76%

CENTS TO THE CAUSE

For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 76 cents are available for programs.



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Programs

About Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology :

Founded in 2001, Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) is a licensed engineering firm that teaches people how to get safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene at home using simple and affordable technologies. Its mission is to provide technical training and consulting, and act as a center of expertise in water and sanitation in developing countries.

CAWST states on its website that over three billion people around the world do not have access to safe water or proper sanitation, trapping them in the poverty cycle. As a capacity builder, CAWST does not directly deliver safe drinking water and sanitation facilities to its clients. Its strategy is to educate and train people to solve the problem themselves with the hope that those trained will pass on their knowledge to others, ultimately helping entire communities have access to safe water and sanitation.

CAWST reaches its clients through three routes: directly, through WET Centres, and using virtual services. CAWST’s global services staff, which includes engineers, teachers, researchers and other professionals, provide clients with training workshops, technical support, consulting, and education materials. CAWST states that cumulatively, it has delivered 1,783 training workshops and 614 consulting visits in 52 countries.

CAWST partners with local organizations in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Honduras, Nepal, and Zambia to operate six Water Expertise and Training (WET) Centres. CAWST trains local staff so that they can provide the same services that CAWST’s global staff deliver to help people create solutions for better water and sanitation access. CAWST states in its most recent F2017 annual report that it is placing priority on WET Centres in Ethiopia and Zambia.

CAWST also provides open-access, online resources on its website for clients. Building on the success of its virtual services, CAWST is developing an online learning strategy. It states in its F2017 annual report that 11,628 people from 179 countries were registered users of virtual services during the year, downloading resources 5,145 times.

CAWST reports that cumulatively, 34,968 people have been trained in CAWST and WET Centre workshops as of F2017, and over 6,000 organizations have been supported by CAWST, WET Centres and/or virtual services in 180 countries.

In F2017, CAWST secured a two-year, $800,000 USD grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve sanitation capacity building efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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Results and Impact

CAWST reports on key outcome metrics cumulatively. As of F2017, 14.9 million people have benefitted from better water or sanitation because of CAWST and WET Centre clients’ projects, 8.3 million people have been trained by clients using CAWST’s training and education materials (approximately 600,000 in the F2017 year), and 1,490 organizations in 87 countries have implemented water or sanitation projects after being trained by CAWST.

CAWST acknowledges the importance of tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) and implementing appropriate data tracking methods to accurately measure program outputs and outcomes. After reviewing its KPIs in F2017, CAWST realized that its measurement tools sometimes double-counted CAWST clients and people accessing safe water and sanitation because of CAWST’s work. The charity states in its annual report and on its website that it is revising its measurement system to improve how it captures and reports on its results.

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Finances

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) is a large charity that received $11.8m in donations in F2018. Administrative costs are 9% of revenue (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 15% of donations. Per dollar donated, 76 cents go to the cause, which is within Cis reasonable range for overhead spending. Ci did not include donations from related parties (CAWST’s Board Chair, other directors, and CEO) in donations when calculating the fundraising cost ratio ($10.5m in F2018, $2.9m in F2017, and $5.5m in F2016, representing 75% of total donations over the three years).

CAWST’s funding reserves of $22.3m can cover annual program costs at the F2018 level for five years.

CAWST’s audited financial statements are missing cost allocations to fundraising and administration. This important information comes from CAWST’s annual filing with the Charities Directorate. Ideally, CAWST's auditors, KPMG, would report this information in the audited financial statements.

This report is an update that has been sent to CAWST for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 28, 2019 by Katie Khodawandi.

 

Financial Review


Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201820172016
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.2%19.3%10.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 14.6%12.3%14.0%
Total overhead spending 23.9%31.6%24.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 500.6%455.1%423.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201820172016
Donations 11,7634,6567,402
Government funding 3124622
Fees for service 20210582
Investment income 322196169
Total revenues 12,5995,4187,654
Program costs 4,4473,4003,499
Administrative costs 1,1331,008752
Fundraising costs 190217267
Total spending 5,7704,6254,518
Cash flow from operations 6,8287933,136
Capital spending 7029126
Funding reserves 22,26315,47714,823

Note: Ci adjusted donations and government funding for changes in deferred contributions to report amounts received on a cash basis, affecting total revenue by $6.7m in F2018, ($41k) in F2017, and $2.8m in F2016. Similarly, Ci did not include amortization of deferred capital contributions in donations and instead reported amounts received during the year, affecting total revenue by ($42k) in F2018, ($42k) in F2017, and $119k in F2016. Ci recognized unrealized foreign exchange gains in investment income and unwound it from administrative costs, increasing total revenue and expenses by $13k in F2018, $45k in F2017, and $25k in F2016. Loss on sale of marketable securities, as a non-cash item, was also unwound from administrative costs, reducing total expenses by $10k in F2018, $28k in F2017, and $46k in F2016. Expense breakdowns come from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings and depreciation has been backed out of program, administrative and fundraising costs pro-rata.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 24

Avg. Compensation $87,099

Top 10 staff salary range

$350k +
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$300k - $350k
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$250k - $300k
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$200k - $250k
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$160k - $200k
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$120k - $160k
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$80k - $120k
9
$40k - $80k
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< $40k
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Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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Charity Contact

Website: www.cawst.org
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Tel: 403-243-3285



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