Finances and Accountability

How your donation helps end poverty and creates lasting change.

The Cuso Promise

We know you care about your donation being used effectively. We care about that too. Your trust is important to us and we promise to maintain transparency, inspire confidence and meet and exceed standards in our work.

Cuso is accredited by Imagine Canada, a designation only given to charities that demonstrate excellence, credibility and leadership in fundraising, financial accountability and transparency, board governance, staff management and volunteer involvement. The Imagine Canada Trustmark is a symbol of our promise to you. A symbol you can trust.

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How We Use Funds Effectively

For every dollar spent, 89 cents go directly towards projects that reduce poverty and inequality. This means more of what you give goes towards creating change.

More than that, every dollar you give to Cuso multiplies. Our funders match every dollar donated six times to have even more impact. Last year that meant our programs benefited more than 4.5 million people.

Annual Reports

We put a lot of thought into tackling poverty and inequality and in achieving demonstrable impact. With the support of our donors, partners, staff and volunteers, our programs in 2019-2020 reached more than 4.5 million women, youth and men. Download our Annual Reports to see our work in action.

Financial Statements

Through efficient operations and careful use of the funds we receive, we ensure the majority of funds are spent on delivering life-changing programs and supporting our partners and the families they work with. Download our Financial Statements to see how we use funds effectively.

Standards and Policies

We adhere to high standards of program delivery and accountability. We abide by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Principles. Download our Policies to learn more.

Funding Partners

In 2019/20, Cuso developed several new partnerships and enhanced existing ones to advance our programs around the world. Our project funders include:

  • CBM International
  • European Union
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • International Rice Research Institute
  • Power Corporation of Canada
  • Rotary International, District 7070
  • Stockholm Environment Institute
  • UN Refugee Agency - UNHCR


We are proud to be longstanding members of the International Association for Volunteer Effort, International Forum for Volunteering in Development, Canadian Council for International Cooperation, Ontario Council for International Cooperation, Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health, Devonshire Initiative, Manitoba Council of International Cooperation (MCIC), Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) and AQOCI—the Quebec association for international cooperation.

We are proud of our new partnership with World Refugee & Migration Council (WRMC). WRMC is galvanizing the international community’s response to refugees through cooperation and responsibility sharing.

Invest in a more prosperous tomorrow

Your support helps more people access skills and create opportunity to end poverty and inequality. Brighter futures start with you.