Who We Are

Frequent Questions

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Have you ever had a question and didn’t know where to find the answer? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

  1. Who Supports iDE Canada?
  2. What does iDE stand for?
  3. Do you accept interns and practicum students?
  4. Does a donation make an economic difference in developing countries?
  5. How many people need a clean and safe place to go to the bathroom?
  6. Why can’t you just send a container load of toilets to the people who don’t have them?
  7. Where does my donation go?
  8. How do you include and engage women?
  1. Who Supports iDE Canada?

    Our funding comes from individuals, large institutional funders (like the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development, and Grand Challenges Canada), small and large businesses and foundations.

  2. What does iDE stand for?

    In 1983, we received official charity status from the Canada Revenue Agency under the name IDE International Development Enterprises Association, Inc. Up until a few years ago, we went by the name International Development Enterprises Canada. We realized that was a very long name, so we shortened it to iDE Canada. You can view our annual tax returns by clicking here.

  3. Do you accept interns and practicum students?

    Yes! We welcome interns and practicum students from all areas of study: business, communications, marketing, administration, international studies, human rights and pretty much any other program. We would be happy to help you gain valuable work experience.

  4. Does a donation make an economic difference in developing countries?

    Yes. For every dollar donated to iDE, $14.40 in economic activity is generated in the local community. iDE views productive water use, access to finance and training as key components to creating income opportunities. Since 1983, more than 23 million people have been positively impacted.

  5. How many people need a clean and safe place to go to the bathroom?

    There are 2.5 billion people in the world without a clean and safe place to go to the bathroom. When people have clean and safe places to “go”, they become healthier, which allows them to work better, stay in school, prosper and in the case of very young children, stay alive.

  6. Why can’t you just send a container load of toilets to the people who don’t have them?

    We believe in working with and not doing to. That means no handouts. At the core of what we do is understanding what will work in that particular community. We work with local people to determine what is affordable, what supplies are available, what people are willing to invest and what works best in that community. The idea is to create market economies so when iDE Canada leaves, the community continues to flourish.

  7. Where does my donation go?

    Last year, 83% of your donations went straight to our programs in six different countries. The remaining 17% was spent on bank fees, occupancy, fundraising and staff salaries.

  8. How do you include and engage women?

    Women are an integral part of making the world a better place. When women are included in programs, the benefits are far reaching. Your donations ensure that women’s involvement stays at the forefront of each program. For example, in Ghana, women’s participation in our agriculture project is 49%.

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