Focus Humanitarian Assistance

49 Wynford Drive Suite 200
Toronto, ON M3C 1K1
Executive Officer: Nusrat Nasab
Board Chair: Zahra Allidina-Tejpar

Charitable Reg. #:89564 7055 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 0/5]


Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 93 cents are available for programs.

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About Focus Humanitarian Assistance:

Focus Humanitarian Assistance is a 0-star charity. It is not financially transparent, reports very little of its results for donors, and has Low demonstrated impact. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence's report. 

Founded in 1994, Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) is an international crisis response and disaster risk management agency. Its mission is to save lives, reduce suffering and create resilience in communities prone to man-made and natural disasters. 

In F2020, 85% of FOCUS' program and grant spending was grants to partner charities ($6.2m). In F2020, it granted $2.0m to Aga Khan Foundation Geneva and $898k to Focus Humanitarian Assistance Europe Foundation. 

Aside from granting to other charities, FOCUS runs two main programs. It spent 10% of total program and grant spending on Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons Assistance. It also spent 1% of total program and grant spending on Disaster Prevention, Mitigation, and Preparedness. The remaining 4% of program and grant spending was on Operational Strengthening.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, FOCUS and its partner Aga Khan Agency for Habitat responded to flooding in Pakistan. It helped evacuate more than 8,000 people. 

Charity Intelligence highlights these key results. They may not be a complete representation of Focus Humanitarian Assistance's results.

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

Impact Rating: Low

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FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance is not financially transparent. Its audited financial statements are not posted on its website nor provided when requested. Charity Intelligence's financial review uses the F2020 unaudited financial statements. This is the most recent information we have received from the Charities Directorate from our request for information.

In F2020, FOCUS received $5.1m in Canadian donations. It also received $2.4m in international donations. Fundraising costs are 6% of donations and administrative costs are 3% of total revenues (less investment income). Total overhead spending is 9%. For each dollar donated, 91 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

FOCUS has $3.8m in reserve funds that can cover program and grant costs at the F2020 level for six months.

In F2020 the charity established receivables of $1.8m from redacted affiliates that are non-interest bearing, have no set repayment terms and are unsecured.

Updated July 17, 2023 by Emily Downing

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.5%3.2%5.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.0%3.5%4.1%
Total overhead spending 7.5%6.7%9.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 52.3%96.6%63.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,3986,3335,372
International donations 1,122479562
Government funding 305430417
Investment income (6)15196
Total revenues 7,8207,2576,548
Program costs - International 1,1191,1771,280
Program costs - Canada 000
Grants 6,2344,6395,770
Administrative costs 197232355
Fundraising costs 318224220
Total spending 7,8686,2727,624
Cash flow from operations (47)985(1,077)
Capital spending 147
Funding reserves 3,8435,6204,504

Note: Ci reported grants from Citizenship and Immigration Canada as government funding. Ci reported the remaining grants amount as international donations. Ci reported foreign exchange gain (loss) as investment income, affecting total revenues and expenses by ($38k) in F2020, ($55k) in F2019, and $137k in F2018. Ci used the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA to report administrative and fundraising costs. Amortization was backed out of program, administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 7

Avg. compensation: $97,053

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 F2021

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001