Where can I find information on your sources of income and expenditures?
Please consult our annual reports and audited financial statements.
How much does WE Charity spend on administration?
We are proud of the fact that we consistently exceed industry standards. WE Charity spends less than 10% of its funds on administration, with, on average, 90 cents of every dollar donated going directly to support our projects and programs.
All charities must spend some of their funds on administrative costs. These expenses are necessary to keep the organization running effectively, such as physical building maintenance, human resources, and other fixed, non-operating expenses. We invest in administration costs that enable our work, such as measurement and evaluation, and select investments in technology to achieve efficiencies. As an industry standard, the U.S. Better Business Bureau suggests charities should spend 35% or less on fundraising and administration, with at least 65% of funds going to support programs. In sum, WE Charity helps to take a leadership role in efficiency and effectiveness.
How much does WE Charity spend on fundraising?
For fundraising, we spend (on average) no more than $3 for every $100 we raise. That’s an amazing 3% fundraising cost on average!
How are you able to keep your administrative costs low?
WE Charity works diligently to ensure that donations are used effectively and efficiently. We want as much of our funding as possible to support programs that empower children in the developed and developing worlds. To that end, unlike many other nonprofit organizations:
- We don’t employ third-party fundraising organizations to solicit money on our behalf.
- We don’t do direct mail campaigns to solicit new donors.
- We don’t use telemarketers.
- We don’t hire high-priced fundraising consultants.
- We don’t produce or pay for television commercials or pay TV networks to air our programming to solicit donations.
How does ME to WE, the innovative social enterprise, help WE Charity keep its administrative rate low?
ME to WE, our social enterprise partner, supports the work of WE Charity through cash and in-kind donations. ME to WE donates at least 50% of net profit after taxes to WE Charity, supporting projects and the administration costs of the charity, while re-investing the other half to grow its social mission and ensure sustainability. This model has been transformative in our ability to maximize donor impact for the charity and its life-changing programs.
Please find out more here.
How do corporate partnerships help WE Charity keep administrative costs low?
WE Charity is further able to keep its administrative costs as low as possible through remarkable partners who provide us with valuable in-kind services. Citizenship-minded companies support us with everything from legal and business services, to the supplies and logistics that make WE Day possible, to many of the plane and train tickets we use to travel to events, to the advanced technology that made the WE Global Learning Center a hub for connecting youth, educators and social entrepreneurs around the world.
Please find out more here.
How does WE allocate donated funds for programs?
WE Charity’s work involves two distinct streams of programming: international and domestic. This model helps to ensure the impact we are creating helps both at home and abroad. We allocate our project related funding to the following:
International: In 2016, 36% of WE Charity’s program funding went to our international programs, partnering with communities in nine countries, empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty. WE Charity has been widely recognized for its sustainable, scalable five-pillar development model called WE Villages.
Domestic: In 2016, 54% of WE Charity funding supported our domestic programs. These programs, in Canada, the U.S. and UK, are part of our mission to make doing good doable. This includes our innovative WE Schools program, creating educational resources that bring real-world issues and problem solving into the classroom through service-learning.
What does it cost to deliver program impacts in WE Villages communities?
Every partner community WE Charity works with is different, of course, each with its own unique needs and challenges. However, here are some average cost examples for key impacts from each of the five pillars of our WE Villages development model:
- $50 for supplies for the primary education for one student
- $50 health workshops for one mother (benefitting her children as well)
- $150 for farming tools for a family
How is WE Charity governed?
A remarkable volunteer Board of Directors oversees the work of WE Charity, which includes setting policies and procedures, as well as monitoring our budget and expenses to ensure funds are spent wisely. Our Board consists of respected professionals drawn from the business, academic, government and nonprofit sectors and bring a wealth of diverse skills and experience to the governance of our organization. This includes the work of our finance committee, which also play an important function overseeing major financial activities for the charity.
Learn more here.
Have WE Charity’s financials and operations been independently evaluated?
Numerous independent third parties regularly evaluate WE Charity on our impact, governance, and financial accountability and transparency.
Independent third-party audit and accounting firms conduct audits of WE Charity every year in Canada, the U.S. and UK. We are very proud to say that, every year, WE Charity has received an “unqualified audit rating,” which is the highest possible rating for such a report. In other words, it is a “clean opinion.” This means that the auditors have found no questions or concerns about our financial accountability and transparency, and have fully vetted our financial information.
Furthermore, MoneySense magazine’s 2017 Charity 100 gave WE Charity an A grade, including A+ grades for governance, fundraising efficiency and overall efficiency.
In 2017, after a rigorous evaluation, Good Housekeeping magazine chose WE Charity to be the very first recipient of its new Good Housekeeping Humanitarian Seal.
WE Charity is a member and Sector Champion with Imagine Canada, the organization that works to promote best practices in Canada’s charitable sector.
Charity Intelligence Canada—an independent organization that evaluates and grades charities—has awarded WE Charity its highest four-star rating, along with an A for our social impact reporting.
How is WE Day funded?
WE Day is entirely enabled by monetary and in-kind donations of goods and services from our corporate supporters and specific partners. Thanks to their championing, each event is free of charge for tens of thousands of youth. Funds raised by youth are never directed to support WE Day.
When a Gift of Impact is purchased online from our donation catalogue, where does the money go?
WE Charity implements WE Villages, an international development model to end poverty. It’s not a handout or a single solution, but a combination of key interventions led by Five Pillars of Impact: Education, Water, Health, Food, and Opportunity. WE Villages focuses on both infrastructure and the distribution of key inputs, and training and educational programming are an essential component of the work that we do.
All the Gift of Impact items are symbolic of projects or programming in the countries where WE Villages is implemented, and are associated with specific Pillars of Impact. The gift prices are based on average costs in the nine countries in which we operate.
Funds from Gift of Impact items will be used to purchase the selected item where locally appropriate, or will be put toward an associated project or program within the pillar, ensuring a sustainable and holistic impact that takes into consideration the specific needs of the communities we work with.
For example: When a donation is made toward the purchase of a goat, depending on the needs on the ground and the local culture, the funds can be used to purchase goats, or they will be used for similar support in animal husbandry and other income-generating projects within our Opportunity Pillar. These funds will also go to support programming like ensuring regular veterinary visits and training on proper animal husbandry management (e.g., identifying disease and ensuring proper nutrition), in addition to trainings in financial literacy, skill-building in business and income-generation, and group formation. Through the support of the WE Villages model, your donation makes the most significant and sustainable impact possible.
Is WE a registered charity?
WE Charity is a registered charity in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
WE Charity Canada Tax ID: 88657 8095 RR0001
WE Charity United States Tax ID: 501 (c)(3)-16-1533544
WE Charity England & Wales Registered Charity Number: 1138645
WE Charity Scotland Registered Charity Number: SC045815
Is ME to WE a part of WE Charity?
ME to WE supports the work of WE Charity by donating at least half its profits to WE Charity. The other half is reinvested in the enterprise, offering socially conscious products and experiences that allow you to have an impact through your consumer purchases. ME to WE is an independent social enterprise with its own Board of Directors.
Please find more information here.
Am I eligible for a tax receipt?
WE Charity is able to provide a tax receipt for any donation over $10 in the following countries: Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
For more information contact:
Victor Li, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer
E-mail: [email protected]
How can I see the impact of my contributions?
One of our core values is honoring every stakeholder and we adhere to that value by being fully transparent in all our operations. When you donate to our international projects, you will receive periodic updates on the impact of your support. In addition, our innovative “Track Your Impact” system lets you see the lives your donation is changing by giving you a unique code when you purchase WE products through ME to WE, or special WE campaign products offered by our partners. And you can visit TYI.org or WE.org/stories at any time to read uplifting stories of change from around the world.
Does WE accept donations of supplies like clothing, or school materials, for its international projects?
Generally, WE does not ask for or accept donations of supplies. WE Charity’s model of development focuses on sustainability and providing a hand up instead of handouts to the communities that we partner with. WE Charity purchases supplies, resources and equipment locally whenever it is possible. This helps support the local economy and ensures that all goods are culturally appropriate. WE will sometimes take in-kind donations of medical supplies and specialized equipment when major emergencies impact the communities where we work, such as during the Haiti earthquake relief effort.
Thank you for your interest in making the world a better place!
Unfortunately we are unable to process donations under $10 online. We welcome you to make a donation over the phone or to send your donation by mail to our headquarters.
To make a donation by phone, please call
1.800.203.9091 ext. 1112
To make a donation by mail, please send your cheque to
339 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 1S9
Please make all cheques payable to WE Charity