The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank that is committed to promoting openness and accountability in the disclosure of its funding. CIGI believes it can best fulfill its mandate through a broad base of support from various sources that fund both operating costs and specific projects. CIGI is proud to have received the highest ranking (5 stars) by Transparify since 2014 for its transparency in funding.

CIGI is grateful for the support it has received from core funders, including the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Waterloo, that have made a material contribution to the sustainability of the organization. CIGI is also deeply thankful for supporters that have made significant financial and/or in-kind contributions to CIGI’s work over the past year. Supporters are listed below.

A summary of CIGI’s annual financial statements can be found in the annual report and in CIGI’s complete 2018 audited financial statement (PDF)


  • The City of Waterloo
  • The Government of Canada
  • The Government of Ontario
  • Jim Balsillie
  • Mike Lazaridis
  • The Woerner Family
  • Michael Barnstijn and Louise MacCallum

Fiscal 2018 Funding

Core Funding Sources Fund Explanation $ Income % of Total Income
Long‐term Endowment Fund The Fund was created with initial private donations from CIGI founder, Jim Balsillie (approximately $20 million) and other donors, matched in 2003 by the federal government of Canada ($30 million). Investment income from the Endowment Fund is recognized in the Operating Fund.    
Campus Fund The Fund was created with $50 million from governments of Ontario and Canada to build the CIGI Campus and to house schools and research programs including the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Funding was matched with an additional $50 million from CIGI founder, Jim Balsillie.

The fund earns investment income and rental income from the University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University and other tenants.
  In 2017-18 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $952,767 5.98%
  Rental Income $871,862 5.47%
  Total $1,824,629  
Africa Initiative Fund The Fund was created with a $10 million anonymous private philanthropic donation in 2007 to focus on policy research and capacity building in Africa.    
  In 2017-18 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $241,225 1.51%
John Holmes Library Fund The Fund was created in 2007 with a donation from Canadian Institute for International Affairs to maintain the John Homes Collection of the CIGI Campus Library.    
  In 2017-18 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $1,653 0.01%
International Law Research Program Fund The Fund was created in 2013 with a $30 million donation received from CIGI founder Jim Balsillie and matched by $30 million from the government of Ontario to conduct research and teaching to contribute to advancements in international law. Government of Ontario Funds are received on an annual basis.    
  In 2017-18 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $633,390 3.97%
  Funding from the Province of Ontario $3,202,656 20.09%
  Total $3,836,046  
Operating and Capital Fund The fund manages investment income from the long-term endowment as well as other sources of revenue including small donations, book royalties, publication sales, and CIGI facility rentals.    
  In 2017-18 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $8,727,329 54.75%
  Donations and Grants $770,762 4.83%
  Event Rentals/Book Royalties/Publication Sales $539,821 3.39%
  Total $10,037,912  
  Total Revenue $15,941,465  
All amounts in CDN dollars



Donations and Grants

    % of Total Income
SUPPORTERS $50,000 to $200,000   3.73%
Carnegie Corporation of New York To help fund the World Refugee Council  
Global Affairs Canada To help fund the World Refugee Council  
MacArthur Foundation To help fund the Global Commission on Internet Governance Research Advisory Network and the World Refugee Council  
Public Safety Canada To help fund the Global Commission on Internet Governance Research Advisory Network  
SUPPORTERS under $50,000   1.11%
Global Affairs Canada (Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development)  
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada  
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)  
Internet Society  
Robert Bosch Stiftung  
United Nations Conference on Trade  
Total Donations and Grants 4.84%

In-kind contributions

These contributions include sponsorships in kind from various partners, typically in the form of shared conference, research or travel expenses.

  • American University
  • ASAN
  • Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Atlantic Council
  • British Institute for International and Comparative Law
  • Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)
  • Canadian Embassy to the World Trade Organization
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office
  • Cape Breton University
  • Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Copenhagen, Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at NYU
  • Department of Finance Canada
  • Euro50 Group
  • German Institute of Global & Area Studies (CIGA)
  • Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi), Stanford University
  • Independent Evaluation Office of the IMF
  • International Marine Organization Secretariat
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • McGill University
  • MSCI
  • Native Law Centre, University of Saskatchewan
  • Oliver Wyman
  • Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Seoul Forum
  • Unifor
  • University of Calgary, School of Public Policy
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Waterloo
  • Wavefront