A Better World Canada

#206-5033 52nd Street
Lacombe, AB T4L 2A6
Executive Director: Eric Rajah
Board Chair: Ron Sydenham

Charitable Reg. #:80099 4006 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


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) 92 cents are available for programs.

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About A Better World Canada:

Founded in 1990, A Better World Canada aims to inspire people to reduce poverty around the world. It has helped to fund development projects in more than 15 countries. In F2020, A Better World reported program spending in Afghanistan, Bolivia, Dominica, Ghana, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Thailand, and Tanzania. Its office is in Lacombe, Alberta.

A Better World runs three main programs: Education, Health, and Water.

Education represented 50% of program costs in F2020. A Better World helps to build classrooms and school buildings in developing countries. In F2020, it built 23 classrooms, 59 school toilets, 1 administration building, and 2 teachers’ offices. The charity reports that it has built or renovated 1,128 classrooms since founding, helping to enroll 50,760 students in school.

Health projects were 34% of program spending. A Better World funds medical teams that travel to local communities twice per year to treat patients and train health workers. In F2020, it helped to provide 62 surgeries, including postoperative care. It also built one new rehabilitation clinic during the year. Since founding, A Better World states that it has built or upgraded 16 health clinics.

Water projects were 4% of program spending. The charity aims to provide communities with clean water by drilling wells and installing water catchment systems. In F2020, it installed 15 new water catchment systems.

The remaining 12% of program costs included program delivery and operating costs (10%) and local projects (2%).

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Results and Impact

Since founding, A Better World has provided 29 communities with clean water. It also reports that its medical services and clinics help more than 40,000 people each year.

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

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

Impact Rating: Low

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Charity Intelligence has scored A Better World as a zero in financial transparency since the charity refused to provide financial statements upon request. All financial information is from the charity’s unaudited T3010 filings with the CRA.

A Better World received $1.2m in Canadian donations in F2020. It also received $279k in international donations, $94k in sponsored travel expenses, and $17k in government funding during the year. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 3% of Canadian donations. This results in total overhead spending of 8%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 92 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

A Better World has $1.6m in funding reserves, which can cover 1.8 years of annual program costs. The charity’s program cost coverage ratio spiked in F2020 since its revenues exceeded expenses by $641k, increasing funding reserves as a result. According to its annual report, A Better World decided to postpone certain projects and reduce program spending due to the covid-19 pandemic. It states that it has reserved 39% of F2020 revenues, roughly equal to $641k, for resuming these projects in 2021.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to A Better World Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 5, 2021 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.7%5.5%4.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 2.5%2.8%2.6%
Total overhead spending 8.2%8.3%7.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 180.2%76.1%35.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,246,3151,297,7141,663,937
International donations 278,916144,156128,392
Goods in kind 93,57373,547203,141
Government funding 16,72600
Investment income 7,2003,261986
Other income 053,4907,818
Total revenues 1,642,7301,572,1682,004,274
Program costs - International 838,0451,245,0772,071,653
Grants 39,3504,65023,496
Administrative costs 93,18986,49598,003
Fundraising costs 31,61736,47142,449
Other costs 005,601
Total spending 1,002,2011,372,6932,241,202
Cash flow from operations 640,529199,475(236,928)
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 1,581,000951,589750,142

Note: Ci gathered all financial information from the charity’s unaudited filing with the CRA. Ci reported sponsored travel costs as goods in kind and removed the amounts from donations. In F2020, the charity completed its T3010 filing incorrectly, with its total spending equalling $71k less than the sum of its reported program, grant, administrative, and fundraising costs. Ci reduced program costs by grants ($39k) and fundraising costs ($32k) to correct for this discrepancy.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 1

Avg. compensation: $45,667

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

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