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Inspired by God's love for humanity, Canadian Lutheran World Relief challenges the causes and responds to the consequences of human suffering and poverty.

Donor Accountability

Thousands of Canadians choose to help others in the world through the programs of Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR). They have many reasons for entrusting their donation with us:


CLWR strictly adheres to accepted practices of accountability in the development community. Our localized field programs submit regular reports, and in turn we are obligated to report to the government and non-government partners who support us. We are a results-based organization that continually measures progress.

We adhere to a Donor Bill of Rights - click here to read it.


Our administration costs are impressively low, at only four per cent. Eighty-five cents of every dollar you donate is used towards global support. We spend much less on advertising and campaigning than other agencies. Education and public engagement costs are 11 per cent in total. (Numbers are from the 2014-15 fiscal year).

Reach and impact

Through partnerships with established and respected international agencies, we are able to respond to emergencies and humanitarian needs in almost all parts of the world. Our programs are designed to reach entire communities, not just individual children or families. Sustainability is also a key measure in all our programs.

Please note that where donations exceed what is needed for a particular purpose, funds will be redirected to where they are needed most.

For more detail, please see our Annual Reports.

Our registered charity number

We have been a federally registered organization since 1946. Our Canada Revenue Agency charity registration number is 106863038RR0001.

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