Terre Sans Frontières

399, rue des Conseillers, Door 23
La Prairie, QC J5R 4H6
President: Linda Bambonye
CEO: Jean L. Fortin

Charitable Reg. #:13059 4492 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 1/5]


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) 86 cents are available for programs.

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About Terre Sans Frontières:

Terre Sans Frontières is a 1-star rated charity that is not financially transparent, has low deomnstrated impact, and below average accountability to donors as seen in the C results reporting grade. For every dollar donated to this charity, 86 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending.

Founded in 1980, Terre Sans Frontières (TSF) is an international aid and development charity that currently works in countries in the southern hemisphere (Mali, Haiti, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Ecuador, Honduras, and Bolivia). International program areas of focus include community development, humanitarian aid, water and sanitation, education, and health. In F2021, international projects made up 98% of total program spending. The remaining 2% was allocated to education and services. TSF enables local and Canadian professionals to teach and transfer skills to help its partners.

In F2021, Terre Sans Frontières pivoted its programs to support the countries' needs in the face of the covid-19 pandemic. The charity reports that it distributed 80 food hampers to an Ecuadorian neighbourhood at high risk for covid-19. The charity also launched a program to fight food insecurity caused by the pandemic in Mali, that served 52 villages and over 60,000 people. Mali also saw the construction of 155 short-term shelters, 130 durable shelters, and four water wells. The charity also reports the launch of a virtual education program that served over 10,000 children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and two maternal and fetal health programs in Tanzania. 

In the News: March 1, 2019 CBC News reports concerns about Terre Sans Frontières homeopathic treatments for tropical diseases in Honduras. This is a small program of TSF relative to its spending on international programs yet raises valid concerns about evidence, results and impact.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Terre Sans Frontières an impact rating of Low based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Terre Sans Frontières reported total donations of $9.3m in F2021. Administrative costs are 12% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 2% of donations. For every dollar donated, 86 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Net funding reserves of $3.1m can cover four months of annual program costs.

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

Updated on August 15, 2022 by Angelina Curwin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending July
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.1%14.0%11.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.9%1.8%1.8%
Total overhead spending 14.0%15.8%13.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 37.2%25.6%26.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,2799,14511,163
Goods in kind 52187266
Government funding 372312280
Lotteries (net) 165125155
Investment income 203127
Total revenues 9,8889,80011,891
Program costs - Canada 8,4238,32110,353
Grants 012
Administrative costs 1,1951,3671,355
Fundraising costs 177163196
Other costs 112132134
Total spending 9,9089,98512,040
Cash flow from operations (19)(185)(148)
Capital spending 846
Funding reserves 3,1372,1282,763

Note: Ci used the CRA T3010 filing to break down program, administrative, and fundraising costs. Ci has calculated lottery revenues net of expenses, affecting revenues and expenses by ($134k) in F2021, ($133k) in F2020, and ($131k) in F2019. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 15

Avg. compensation: $59,606

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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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.terresansfrontieres.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001