Ryan's Well Foundation

PO Box 1120, 40 Campus Drive
Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0
Executive Director: Ryan Hreljac
Board Chair: Sarah Gore

Charitable Reg. #:88858 7110 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 87 cents are available for programs.

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About Ryan's Well Foundation:

Founded in 2001, Ryan’s Well Foundation (Ryan’s Well) works with local partners to provide access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education in the most vulnerable regions of the world. According to Ryan’s Well, more than one billion people do not have access to safe water. Furthermore, more than 2.8 billion people lack access to proper sanitation and are at risk of water-borne illnesses. Ryan’s Well Foundation’s main office is in Kemptville, Ontario.

Ryan’s Well runs three main programs: Build, Motivate, and Educate.

The charity’s Build program represented 84% of program costs in F2020. Through the Build program, Ryan’s Well helps create new clean water projects with local partners in developing countries. To date, Ryan’s Well has completed 1,491 water projects and built 1,263 latrines in 17 countries. In F2020, it completed 62 water projects and eight latrines (compared to 152 projects and ten latrines in F2019). Ryan’s Well worked in three countries during the year. It installed 31 rainwater harvesting tanks in Mexico and helped drill six deep wells in Ghana. In Western and Northern Uganda, Ryan’s Well added 12 protected springs and ten deep wells.

Ryan Well’s Motivate program made up 8% of program costs in F2020. The charity promotes awareness on clean water to inspire youth to take action. In F2020, Ryan’s Well helped deliver keynote addresses in Canada, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. It also provided video conferencing presentations to more than 75 schools across the world.

Education programs represented the remaining 8% of program costs. Ryan’s Well provides education on safe hygiene, food preparation, and proper sanitation. In F2020, the charity provided WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) training at eight primary schools in Uganda.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Ryan's Well an Average impact rating for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

Ryan’s Well states that the hospitals it works with in Ghana receive only limited government support for clean water and WASH equipment. It reports that the government of Ghana provides funding for hospital equipment and maintenance, but expects rural health centres to secure their own water sources. Without proximate water access, local health centres encounter greater difficulties serving clients in labour or undergoing pregnancy. In F2020, Ryan’s Well helped to install four deep wells with taps and handwashing stations at four health clinics in Southwest Ghana.

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

Impact Rating: Average

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Ryan’s Well is a ­­­­small charity, with total donations of $959k in F2020. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues and fundraising costs are 6% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 13%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 87 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Ryan’s Well has $1.2m in total funding reserves, which can cover nearly two years of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Ryan’s Well Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 13, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.9%7.7%10.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.0%3.3%10.5%
Total overhead spending 12.9%11.0%21.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 199.2%97.0%82.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 958,5831,400,453834,033
Other income 22,6078,097(1,640)
Total revenues 981,1901,408,550832,393
Program costs - International 407,182751,731548,423
Program costs - Canada 175,302176,802169,149
Administrative costs 68,075108,67688,592
Fundraising costs 57,44045,48987,938
Total spending 707,9991,082,698894,102
Cash flow from operations 273,191325,852(61,709)
Capital spending 03,589758
Funding reserves 1,160,576900,951589,702

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted donations by changes in deferred contributions. This affected total revenues by $115k in F2020, $nil in F2019, and ($3k) in F2018. Ci reported foreign exchange gains (losses) in other revenue. Ci reported well, sanitation, and hygiene disbursements as international program costs. Ci removed amortization from administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 4

Avg. Compensation: $47,867

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 F2019

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Charity Contact

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