Financial Overview

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(July 1, 2015 — June 30, 2016)

From 2003 until June 2016, the Stephen Lewis Foundation has disbursed and committed $97.9 million to programme spending, including direct support to over 1400 initiatives with 300 community-based organizations in 15 African countries. To read more about our work with African partners, visit:


While we are deeply committed to getting the majority of revenue to the projects with which we work, the hard reality is that every charitable organization has overhead costs—in part, costs associated with day-to-day operations (office supplies, rent, etc.) and in part ensuring that we can be accountable for how funds are being delivered and administered (financial and monitoring systems). We are committed to keeping these administrative costs as low as possible with in-kind donations and pro-bono support. We are proud to report that, again this year, our administrative costs are under 10% of our total revenue. For more information about this, please visit:

Funds Development

In order to continue to support the innovative programming developed by our African partners, the SLF has increased its fundraising capacity to engage supporters through a variety of recognizable initiatives, such as special events that feature the voices and work of our partners, and encouraging critical monthly donations.

Every year we post our audited financial statements and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) returns online. For these full reports, please visit

The Foundation’s fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th. Our auditors are Grant Thornton LLP Chartered Accountants. The Foundation’s charitable number is 89635 4008 RR0001.

If you have questions about our financial statements, please call 1-888-203-9990 ext. 244 to speak to Esther Vise, Director of Finance.

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