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 2016 audited financial statement (PDF). An overview of CIGI's funding sources is available here.


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


SUPPORTERS over $150,000

  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • MacArthur Foundation

SUPPORTERS $50,000 to $150,000

  • Embassy of Japan
  • Ivey Foundation
  • His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Al Qassemi

SUPPORTERS under $50,000

  • Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS)
  • Balsille School of International Affairs
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada (DFATD)
  • Google (Alphabet)
  • Hewlett Foundation
  • Microsoft
  • UCLA School of Law
  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Waterloo Region District School Board


  • American University
  • Annenberg Foundation Trust
  • Bank of Canada
  • Brookings Institution
  • Canada2020
  • Centre for European Policy Studies
  • Columbia University
  • David Suzuki Foundation
  • International Monetary Fund
  • International Peace and Security Institute
  • Oasis500
  • Oliver Wyman
  • Osgoode Hall
  • Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)
  • Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA)
  • South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
  • Stanford University
  • Synergia Foundation
  • University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
  • Wilson Center