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Ducks Unlimited Canada

P.O. Box 1160
Stonewall, MB R0C 2Z0
CEO: Karla Guyn
Board Chair: Malcolm M. Dunfield

Charitable Reg. #: 11888 8957 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #348

Avg. Compensation $87,455

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 4
$120k - $160k 5
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Ducks Unlimited Canada:

Founded in 1938, Ducks Unlimited Canada (Ducks) is the largest Canadian charity that focuses on habitat protection. Its mission is to “conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl.” Ducks reports that up to 70% of wetlands have been lost in settled areas of Canada, and that up to 80 acres of wetlands disappear each day. Ducks is able to use its significant funding reserves and large donor base to acquire large acreages of wetlands, which can then serve as waterfowl habitat. Ducks is affiliated with the US-based Ducks Unlimited, with the two charities collaborating on some projects. In Canada, Ducks states it has preserved 6.4 million acres and completed 9,896 habitat conservation projects.


Through its Revolving Land Conservation Program, Ducks purchases property, restores wetlands and grasslands, and places a conservation easement on the title before the land is sold back into the agricultural community. The proceeds from land sales are then used to fund other land projects. In F2016, Ducks purchased 15 properties covering 6,872 acres, and transitioned 21 properties covering 6,066 acres. Its main conservation regions in Canada are the Pacific Interior, Great Lakes (St. Lawrence), Atlantic, Prairie Pothole Region, Canada’s Boreal, and Pacific Coast.

The majority of Ducks' program spending is allocated towards habitat conservation (74% in F2016) with the rest directed to its Revolving Land Program (12%), research (5%) and education and public policy (9%).

Financial Review:

Ducks Unlimited Canada is a Major 100 charity, with donations of $29m in F2016. Its administrative costs are 6% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 49% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 45 cents is put towards its programs, falling well below Ci’s reasonable range. The charity’s funding reserves of $138.8m result in a program cost coverage ratio of 245%. This means that it can cover 2.5 years of its annual programs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Ducks Unlimited Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 5, 2016 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.4%7.3%6.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 48.9%53.8%49.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 245.4%287.6%316.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 28,95729,02934,910
Government funding 14,0909,8745,953
Fees for service 14,49210,91015,787
Investment income 1,92414,95018,214
Other income 31,28426,31925,423
Total revenues 90,74791,082100,287
Program costs 56,56047,77744,977
Administrative costs 5,7165,5214,923
Fundraising costs 14,14515,62217,279
Other costs 000
Cash flow from operations 14,32622,16233,108
Funding reserves 138,788137,426142,265
Note: Ci has adjusted non-cash pension and post-employment benefit expense and depreciation and amortization affecting expenses by ($6.1m) in F2016, by ($7.0m) in F2015, and by ($8.7m) in F2014.

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