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Pathfinder International

CharityWatch report issued
October 2022

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Pathfinder International
9 Galen Street
Suite 217
Watertown, MA 02472-4501

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To ensure all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether & when to have children, to exist free from fear & stigma, and to lead the lives they choose.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2021

Program Percentage: 86%

The percentage of Pathfinder International's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $6

How many dollars Pathfinder International spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

50% to 100%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Pathfinder International Audited Consolidated Financial Statements multiple
Pathfinder International IRS Form 990 53-0235320
Entity: Pathfinder International
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: multiple
Entity: Pathfinder International
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 53-0235320

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
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Pathfinder International
meets governance benchmarks.
Pathfinder International
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Lois Quam CEO $511,232
2 Caroline Crosbie Senior Country Director $477,324
3 Shiril Sarcar Finance Director $343,796
Name: Lois Quam
Title: CEO
Compensation: $511,232
Name: Caroline Crosbie
Title: Senior Country Director
Compensation: $477,324
Name: Shiril Sarcar
Title: Finance Director
Compensation: $343,796

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

CharityWatch's rating of Pathfinder International also includes the financial activities of Pathfinder International India and the other entities consolidated in Pathfinder's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021. All significant Intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in the audit consolidation.

According to the Pathfinder International consolidated audit of June 30, 2021 (Note 8, Grants and Contracts Advances, Net):

"On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law and is meant to address the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. In connection with the CARES Act, the Organization received a Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) loan for $2,746,252 on April 15, 2020. The loan is unsecured, bears interest at 1.00%, and matures on April 15, 2022. Under the provisions of the CARES Act and related loans, this loan will be forgiven if certain conditions are met related to the use of the proceeds and maintenance of certain employment requirements of Organization employees...

"Pathfinder elected to account for the PPP loan as a conditional contribution... In June 2021, Pathfinder received notification of loan forgiveness from the SBA in the amount of $2,746,252 plus any accrued interest. Management believes the revenue recognition criteria...have been met as of June 30, 2021. As such, this PPP loan has been recognized as grants and contracts revenue in the [audited] consolidated statement of activities as of June 30, 2021."

According to the Pathfinder International consolidated audit of June 30, 2021 (Note 2 re: Risks and Uncertainties):

"On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a 'Public Health Emergency of National Concern' and, on March 11, 2020, declared it to be a pandemic. The U.S. economy has been growing as COVID-19 pandemic conditions have significantly improved in the United States from their low points. Commercial activities in the United States have been increasingly returning to pre-pandemic practices and operations as a result of recent and expected future government spending on pandemic relief, infrastructure and other matters.

"However, there remains uncertainty as to the ultimate duration and severity of the pandemic on commercial activities, supply chain constraints and labor availability, including risks that may arise from variants...mutations or related strains of the virus and the ability of countries to successfully administer vaccinations to a sufficient number of persons. As a result of these uncertainties, Pathfinder is unable to determine what the ultimate impact will be on its donors, customers, vendors and other stakeholders [sic] businesses, operations, financial result[s] and financial position."

According to the Pathfinder International tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, the Pathfinder reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding severance payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, line 4a):

"Ms. Suzanne Rexing, Chief Global Engagement Officer, left the position in January 2020. She received $81,600 in severance payment under the separation agreement during the calendar year 2020..."

[The reported total compensation in calendar year 2020 for Suzanne Rexing is $144,295 (Schedule J, Part II).]

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