150 301 14 Street NW
Calgary, AB T2N 2A1
Executive Director: Wendy Fehr
Board Chair: Martin Tweeddale

Charitable Reg. #:11884 1428 RR0001


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

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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) 77 cents are available for programs.

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About CAUSE Canada:

Founded in 1984, CAUSE Canada (CAUSE) is a Christian-based international relief and development charity that aims to empower communities in disadvantaged regions overcome poverty. CAUSE’s mission is to provide sustainable, integrated community development through collaborative long-term relationships. CAUSE operates in Guatemala, Hondurasand Sierra Leone. 

CAUSE Canada’s Kids Sponsorship program supports education for children in Sierra Leone. In F20183,015 girls participated in educational programming and 5,186 children from rural communities attended primary schoolIn addition, 1,288 students participated in mobile learning labs that facilitated technology-based education with the help of offline servers, tablets, and solar charging stations. Through CAUSE’s Kids Peer Literacy program (a sub-program of Kids Sponsorship), 84 junior and senior girls supported after school mentoring and tutoring to 2,235 primary school children. 

CAUSE Canada’s Microfinance program provides small loans and business training to female entrepreneurs to help grow businesses, increase household incomes, and provide employment for others in the community. In F2018, CAUSE provided loans and training to 1,746 women in Guatemala, 711 women in Honduras, and 570 women in Sierra Leone.  

CAUSE Canada’s Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health program aims to reduce maternal mortality by increasing access to health services, improving quality of health care, and improving nutrition. In F2018, CAUSE trained 529 health practitioners, mostly traditional midwives, to provide maternal and newborn care in 128 rural and remote communities. In addition, 1,949 adults participated in nutritional workshops and 13,366 children benefitted from nutritional support and education 

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Results and Impact

CAUSE Canada reflects on the UN Sustainable Development Goals to guide its programming and track its progress. Regarding the gender equality goal, CAUSE Canada supported 128 girls in Sierra Leonne through Junior and Senior secondary schools and University as an alternative to early marriage.    

Charity Intelligence has given CAUSE Canada a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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CAUSE Canada is a small charity, with donations and special events revenues of $676k in F2018Administrative costs are 13% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 10% of donations. For every dollar donated, 77 cents go towards its programs, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity’s funding reserves of $214k result in a program cost coverage ratio of 9%. This means that it can cover one month of its annual programs using its existing reserves. 

This charity report is an update that was sent to CAUSE Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on July 22, 2019 by Caroline McKenna. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.8%10.0%7.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 10.4%10.4%21.7%
Total overhead spending 23.3%20.4%29.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 9.4%11.8%16.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 589,7351,424,156964,062
Government funding 1,023,8521,020,03128,842
Fees for service 1,002,7961,028,969774,371
Special events 86,69466,405239,557
Investment income 4,388231386
Total revenues 2,707,4653,539,7922,007,218
Program costs - International 2,291,6842,759,7421,565,182
Administrative costs 346,232353,070156,364
Fundraising costs 70,603155,200261,681
Total spending 2,708,5203,268,0121,983,227
Cash flow from operations (1,054)271,78023,991
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 214,485324,616255,373

Note: Ci has adjusted life insurance premiums affecting revenues by ($1.7k) in F2016.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 11

Avg. Compensation: $38,036

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 F2018

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