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Q – What is CPAR?

A – CPAR stands for Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief. Established by Canadian doctors in 1984 to respond to the drought and famine in Ethiopia, CPAR initially focused on humanitarian and emergency interventions to supply skilled personnel and materials for emergency health services. CPAR has since evolved and is now a responsive long-term community development organization.


Q – Is CPAR a charity?

A - CPAR is a Canadian not-for-profit organization registered with Canada Revenue Agency. Headquartered in Toronto, CPAR is directed by an independent, volunteer board of directors. Members of the board are elected at annual meetings. The elected board in turn appoints an Executive Committee which executes the duties assigned to it by the board, including recruitment and supervision of the Executive Director.


Q - What does CPAR do?

A – CPAR works with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa to address the key determinants of health. CPAR’s core programs include Food Security and Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Primary Health Care and Livelihoods. Cross-cutting themes include the promotion of gender equality, support for people living with HIV and conservation of the natural environment.


Q - Where does CPAR work?

A - CPAR has field offices and programs in Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania, which are fully staffed and managed by nationals in those countries.

Find out more about CPAR’s work: Where We Work


Q - How does CPAR receive funding for programs?

A – CPAR’s projects are funded by individual donors, foundations, governments and institutions, as well as a number of partner NGOs operating in CPAR program countries.


Q - How can I help?

A - There are many ways for individuals, businesses or groups to become involved with CPAR’s work:

  1. You can offer financial support by becoming a monthly donor. Monthly donors provide CPAR with a dependable source of funds so we can plan our long-term development work and keep administrative costs low. 
  2. You can make a one-time donation.  
  3. You can plan your own fundraising event or support one already taking place.
  4. You can make a planned gift – this won’t cost you anything during your lifetime.

For more information about ways to give, visit: How to help


Q - How will my donation be used?

A - You may direct your gift where you would like it to have the most impact, based on the area that most resonates with your philanthropic interests. You can designate your donation to a specific project or to one of our core program areas such as Food Security and Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Livelihoods or Primary Health Care.


Q How much of my donation goes directly to the programs I am supporting?

A - At CPAR, we work hard to earn the trust of our donors. We realize your gift is a privilege, and we are committed to operating with fiscal prudency to maximize the impact of your dollars. As a result, your donation has maximum impact – only 20 per cent is allocated to fundraising and communication costs, while over 80 per cent of your dollars go towards our programs and operations (2015 audited financial statements). CPAR maintains local staff in Africa to optimize program implementation and minimize operating costs. We strive to earn and maintain your confidence by ensuring your donation is handled with the greatest care and has the highest possible impact on the lives of those you are helping.