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 2019 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 2019 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 2018-19 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $513,234 5.02%
  Rental Income $941,800 9.22%
  Total $1,455,034  
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 2018-19 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $271,149 2.65%
John Holmes Library Fund The Fund was created in 2007 with a donation from the Canadian Institute for International Affairs to maintain the John Homes Collection of the CIGI Campus Library.    
  In 2018-19 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $4,133 0.04%
Balsillie Family Foundation Fund The Fund was created in 2013 with a $30 million donation received from CIGI founder Jim Balsillie through the Balsillie Family Foundation 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 Funding ceased in May 2019. The matching donation from the Balsillie Family Foundation will be used for matching future partnership agreements.    
  In 2018-19 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $715,269 7.00%
  Funding from the Province of Ontario $2,597,309 25.43%
  Total $3,312,578  
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 2018-19 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $4,002,042 39.18%
  Donations and Grants $619,178 6.06%
  Event Rentals/Book Royalties/Publication Sales $550,204 5.39%
  Total $5,171,424  
  Total Revenue $10,214,318  
All amounts in CDN dollars



Donations and Grants

    % of Total Income
SUPPORTERS $50,000 to $200,000   3.61%
Global Affairs Canada To help fund the World Refugee Council  
International Development Research Centre To help fund the World Refugee Council  
MacArthur Foundation To help fund the World Refugee Council  
Public Safety Canada To help fund the Global Commission on Internet Governance Research Advisory Network  
SUPPORTERS under $50,000   2.45%
Carnegie Foundation  
Google (Alphabet)  
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada  
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada  
Internet Society  
Visa Foundation  
Total Donations and Grants 6.06%

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
  • Balsillie School of International Affairs
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian High Commission
  • Euro 50 Group
  • Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
  • Gateway House
  • Max Planck Institute for International, European Regulatory Procedural Law
  • The Inter-American Dialogue
  • University College, London
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Pennsylvania