Cuso International — Quick View

Registration no.:
811116813 RR0001
Charity status:
Effective date of status:
Charitable organization

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Reporting period ending:  2017-03-31

Programs and activities:

Ongoing programs: Cuso International is an international development organization that sends volunteers to work on collaborative development projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Since 1955 we have sent more than 13,000 volunteers to over 80,000 countries to create sustainable and lasting change in people's lives. Currently we are working in over 20 countries where our programs focus on four key areas: sustainable economic growth, gender equity, natural resource management and health. All the work we do seeks to overlap these programmatic areas for maximum impact; for example, projectswhich support women farmers increase their outputs while decreasing their inputs results in greater yields and profits and less environment impact. The result is more income in the hands of community members for health, nutrition, education and more. It's true development.

New programs: Community: In May 2017, Cuso International and its partner the Programa de Rahabilitación de Parálisis Cerebral (Prepace) mourned the loss of a bright young star, "...". Prepace supports youth with disabilities in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. "..." had sickle cell anemia, which left her exhausted and struggling to keep up with her peers. A surgical error after she was struck by a motorcycle led to the amputation of one of "..." legs when she was 17. At Prepace, "..." was on the high school's honour roll and served as president of the student government. In that role, she developed into a dynamic advocate for people with disabilities. In 2016, "..." helped plan the first ever disability awareness campaign in Honduras. She spread the idea that "disability does not mean inability". "Prepace taught me that I have rights," said "...". "I've learned that I have a voice and that I must use it." In 2016-2017 we sent 292 volunteers to work with 278 partners which impacted the lives of 617,325 beneficiaries. What's more, our e-volunteering programs allowed 265 volunteers to support partners with their skills and knowledge using the power and convenience of technology. These volunteers have come from across Canada and across sectors including corporate partners, universities and governments. Cuso International's model is based on lasting change, both for the person in the countries in which we work and for the volunteer who supports them.

Operations outside Canada

12 countries
  • Bolivia
  • Cameroon
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • United States of America


Pie-Chart of Revenues. Details in the following list.
  • Receipted donations $1,771,323 (5%)
  • Non-receipted donations $253,139 (1%)
  • Gifts from other charities (0%)
  • Government funding $22,065,200 (65%)
  • All other revenue $9,885,573 (29%)
  • Total revenue: $33,975,235


Pie-Chart of Expenses. Details in the following list.


  • Total compensation for all positions
  • Full-time employees
  • Part-time employees
  • Professional and consulting fees
Compensated full-time positions:
$120,000 - $159,999
$80,000 - $119,999

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