3310 South Service Road, Suite 103
Burlington, ON L7N 3M6
Director: Lorne Hamlyn
Board Chair: Rev. Gary Skinner

Charitable Reg. #:86395 3618 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 86 cents are available for programs.

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About Watoto Canada:

Founded in 1984, Watoto Canada was formed through the Watoto Church, a community-focused church in Uganda. Watoto Canada currently works in Uganda and South Sudan to raise orphans, empower women, and rescue babies and child soldiers. Watoto has four main programs: Watoto Villages, Baby Watoto, Neighbourhood, and Girls in School. 

Watoto believes that when orphaned and vulnerable children are placed in a loving family environment with a mother and siblings, they find a place that they can call home. Watoto Villages are clusters of nine houses and provide all the essentials of a basic home. Each family is made up of a mother and eight Watoto children. Watoto provided a loving family, a home, an education, food, and medical care to 3,277 children in F2020. 164 of these children were new to the villages that year. 

Baby Watoto helps abandoned babies and toddlers aged 0 to 2, by placing them with a nanny. Each nanny cares for 4 babies.  The babies come to Watoto from hospitals, local authorities, child protection units, ‘good Samaritans,’ and other organizations. Watoto Canada reports that in F2020, Baby Watoto cared for 162 babies, 34 of which were newly rescued. 

Watoto’s Neighbourhood program helps vulnerable women in the areas of housing, healthcare support, employment, and education for their children. In F2020, Watoto provided 1,178 women with discipleship, business skills training, and an opportunity for employment.  

The Keep a Girl in School program gives out menstrual supplies so that girls can go to school while on their period. It also provides “Godly sexual education to girls and boys—teaching young boys to respect and protect their female classmates and reminding girls that they matter and their bodies are their own.” This program expanded from 45 to 56 schools in early F2020. During covid-19 it continued giving out menstrual supplies at community centres, and worked with 7,300 girls on discipleship and counselling in virtual sessions. 

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Results and Impact

Watoto reports that in F2020, it had 365 kids attending university. 34 Watoto students graduated university in F2020. 

Baby Watoto reports that it rescued 34 babies in F2020. 

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

Charity Intelligence has given Watoto a Fair impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent. 

Impact Rating: Fair

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Watoto Canada received $5.1m in donations in F2020. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues (excluding investment income) and the charity reports no fundraising costs. This results in total overhead costs of 14%. For every dollar donated, 86 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $824k can cover two months of annual program costs. 

­­This charity report is an update that has been sent to Watoto Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on August 30, 2021 by Asha McMullin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.6%14.1%13.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 13.6%14.1%13.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 18.8%15.9%14.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,0955,9176,004
Government funding 3900
Business activities (net) 47182168
Investment income 11207
Total revenues 5,1936,1186,178
Program costs - International 4,3785,2465,236
Administrative costs 706859804
Fundraising costs 000
Other costs 12924
Total spending 5,0966,1146,064
Cash flow from operations 964114
Capital spending (10)2793
Funding reserves 824835745

Note: Ci reported sales revenues net of direct expenses in business activities, decreasing total revenue and expenses by $26k in F2020, $75k in F2019, and $77k in F2018. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 8

Avg. compensation: $52,989

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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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001