Our commitment to you.

At Cuso International, we work hard to be fiscally responsible with your donations. Around 86% of all our funds are spent on direct development programming, with 14% going to administration, which includes fundraising costs. This ratio compares favourably to other cost-effective international development non-profits.

Financials 2017


Every dollar donated to Cuso International has the power of $10 – through the work of our volunteers, our partners and funders that dollar is leveraged 10 times. So, for example, your gift of $25 becomes $250 or your gift of $100 becomes $1000.

In 2016–2017, 292 Cuso International volunteers and 265 e-volunteers worked with 278 local partners in 20 developing countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and Canada to reduce poverty and inequality.

Here are just a few examples of donor support in action this past year:

  • Together we have contributed to the well-being of beneficiary communities and touched the lives of over 617,325 people and;
  • engaged diaspora communities through funding projects and mobilizing their communities to help their countries of origin.

We have also engaged thousands of Canadians in our work by sharing Cuso International’s mission and vision and supporting Canada’s strong role in international development.

To learn more about how your donation is helping to make sustainable change possible around the world, download our latest annual report and financial statements.

Female volunteer with livelihood project participants

Stories of impact