457 Heather Crescent
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5L1
President: Lynda Gehrels
Board Chair: Cheryl Hertan

Charitable Reg. #:88542 0737 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) 94 cents are available for programs.

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About Lifewater Canada:

Founded in 1997, Lifewater Canada is a volunteer-based charity inspired by Jesus that works to provide affordable water and sanitation projects for citizens of impoverished countries. Lifewater provides the necessary equipment and volunteer experts travel overseas to build wells, handpumps, and water catchment systems, while simultaneously training locals to sustain the equipment Lifewater provides after it leaves communities. It also returns to communities to repair equipment that locals cannot fix. At the end of F2019, Lifewater’s projects were providing clean water for 244,000 people in Haiti and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

A Charity Intelligence 2020 Top 10 Impact Charity

The charity reports that unsafe water is the leading cause of disease and death worldwide. Over 2 billion people globally drink from water that is contaminated with feces every year. Consequently, over 800,000 people die yearly from diarrhea caused by unsafe water, sanitation, and hand hygiene. Women & girls face the burden of this crisis, collectively spending 200 million hours every day collecting water, which prevents many of them from receiving a proper education.

In F2019, Lifewater provided aid in Kenya, Liberia, and Haiti. It drilled 93 wells and built 17 water catchment systems. This provided a source of clean water for 84,150 people. It also completed health and hygiene training programs, equipment training and support services, a community washroom in Kenya, and repairs and replacements for handpumps. 

Lifewater reports that F2020 well production is currently up 30% from F2019 and the number of tank catchment projects has more than doubled.


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Results and Impact

Lifewater reports that every $1 donated gives a child safe drinking water for a year. This is based on estimations that a well costs $5,000 to build, each well can serve 500 people, and that a well lasts 10 years on average before needing major repairs.

Lifewater’s F2019 audit of projects in Liberia found that Lifewater pumps typically work for 2 years before needing repair, with a range of 1 – 151 months.

In Haiti, broken pumps sat for an average of 15 weeks because there was a lack of local resources; during this time, girls had to spend an extra 6 hours per week fetching water from neighboring wells. Each repaired pump saves every women or girl who fetches water an average of one million steps per year.

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

Charity Intelligence has given Lifewater a High impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

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Impact Rating: High

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Lifewater Canada is a Small charity with donations of $952k in F2019. Administrative costs are 2% of total revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 4% of total donations. This means overhead costs are 6%. For every dollar donated, 94 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

The charity has $161k in funding reserves, covering roughly 2 months of program costs. This coverage ratio shows a need for funding.

The charity did not disclose any employee compensation figures in its CRA T3010 filings between F2015 and F2019.

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

Updated June 12, 2020 by Eric Jose.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.4%3.1%4.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.6%3.5%3.9%
Total overhead spending 6.0%6.6%7.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 15.9%4.8%28.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 951,733829,495677,395
International donations 64,14791,88342,237
Goods in kind 142,37787,77136,898
Investment income (2,995)(3,218)(2,121)
Other income 08,3360
Total revenues 1,155,2621,014,267754,409
Program costs 1,012,9001,077,479711,553
Administrative costs 28,18131,76529,862
Fundraising costs 34,01829,04026,263
Total spending 1,075,0991,138,284767,678
Cash flow from operations 80,163(124,017)(13,269)
Funding reserves 161,28751,417204,445

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 0

Avg. Compensation: $0

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

Website: www.lifewater.ca
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