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 2017 audited financial statement (PDF). Funding information for fiscal year 2017 will be updated shortly.


  • The City of Waterloo
  • The Government of Canada
  • The Government of Ontario
  • Jim Balsillie
  • Mike Lazaridis
  • The Woerner Family
  • Michael Barnstijn and Louise MacCallum
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Fiscal 2017 Funding

Core Funding Sources Fund Explaination $ 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 2016-17 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $1,303,908 10.72%
  Rental Income $789,278 6.49%
  Total $2,093,186  
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 2016-17 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $347,180 2.85%
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 2016-17 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $2,040 0.02%
Decade Fund The Fund was created with a $17 million donation in 2007 from the government of Ontario and was matched by $17 million from CIGI founder, Jim Balsillie, to focus on long-term research in global policy areas relevant to Ontario. The fund expired in March 2017.    
  In 2016-17 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $13,462 0.11%
    $20,005 0.16%
  Total $33,467  
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 annual basis and distributed over the ten-year life of the program.    
  In 2016-17 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $1,090,013 8.96%
  Funding from the Province of Ontario $3,179,377 26.13%
  Total $4,269,390  
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 2016-17 the fund earned:    
  Investment Income $4,564,246 37.52%
  Donations and Grants $326,018 2.68%
  Event Rentals/Book Royalties/Publication Sales $530,144 4.36%
  Total $5,420,408  
  Total Revenue $12,165,671  
All amounts in CDN dollars



Donations and Grants

    % of Total Income
SUPPORTERS $50,000 to $150,000   1.69%
International Development Research Centre (IDRC) To help fund Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust  
Ivey Foundation To help fund research on Sustainable Finance Opportunities and Barriers in Canada  
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation To help fund the Global commission on Internet Governance Research Advisory Network  
SUPPORTERS under $50,000   1.15%
Cameco Corporation  
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission  
Department of Foreign Affairs and Development Canada  
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation  
Internet Society (ISOC)  
United Nations Conference on Trade (UNCTAD)  
Total Donations and Grants 2.84%

In-kind contributions

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

  • Atlantic Council
  • Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS)
  • Balsillie School of International Affairs
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • Carleton University
  • Centre for Banking and Finance Law, National University of Singapore
  • Centre for Economic Policy Research
  • Canadian International Arctic Fund
  • Clingendael Institute
  • Euro50 Group
  • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Global Affairs Canada, Cirumpolar Affairs
  • Hertie School of Governance
  • International Studies Association
  • Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Japan Institute of International Affairs
  • Korea Canada Forum
  • Korean Development Institute
  • Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • Montreal Tourism Bureau Incentive
  • Oliver Wyman
  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
  • Permanent Mission of Canada in Geneva
  • Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Pi Capital
  • Reid Morden & Associates
  • Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis
  • Shanghai Institute for International Studies
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC), University of Montreal
  • Stanford University
  • United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • University of Central Asia
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Waterloo Region District School Board
  • Woodrow Wilson Centers Polar Initiative