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Financial overview

(July 1, 2011–June 30, 2012)

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Where your money goes

Where our support comes from


From 2003 until June 2012, the Stephen Lewis Foundation has committed over $63 million to programme spending, including direct support to over 700 initiatives with 300 community-based organizations in 15 African countries. To read more about the projects with which we work, visit


Administration includes costs such as office space and supplies, communications costs, IT support and equipment, financial oversight, insurance, legal services and human resources support.

Through sponsorships, in-kind donations and partnerships such as Aeroplan’s Beyond Miles programme, we are able to keep our administration costs low. Our media and creative sponsors have donated online and print ads, graphic design, printing, and video production and duplication at little or no cost to the Foundation. Thank you to all of our sponsors and partners for their ongoing support.

To read more about our administrative costs, please visit

Funds development

During a tough economic period when many non-profits have experienced reduced financial support, the Foundation has been able to maintain our funding to programmes in Africa. This is in part due to an increased investment in fundraising capacity, and reaching out to new supporters through initiatives such as Hope Rising! and the Dare Campaign.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation’s financial statements are audited annually by Cowperthwaite Mehta Chartered Accountants. Audited statements and more information about our Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) reports and our expenditures are available on our website at You can also view our financial information on the CRA website at The Stephen Lewis Foundation’s charitable number is 89635 4008 RR0001.

Please call us toll-free at 1-888-203-9990 if you have questions about our financial statements.

Imagine Canada Ethical Code
The Foundation believes that transparency and accountability are essential. With this in mind, we are proud to be a member of Imagine Canada’s Ethical Code Program.

The Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code lays out standards for charitable organizations to manage and report their financial affairs responsibly. By adhering to these standards, we are complying with generally accepted practices for soliciting and managing donor dollars.

Learn more about the Ethical Code at

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