David Suzuki Foundation

219 - 2211 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6K 4S2
CEO: Peter Robinson
Board Chair: James Hoggan

Website: www.davidsuzuki.org
Charitable Reg. #: 12775 6716 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

Social 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 ]

Program Cost Coverage

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #78

Avg. Compensation $66,661

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 8
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About David Suzuki Foundation:

Founded in 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) protects Canada's nature and diversity by focusing on five major issues: climate change, health, oceans, wildlife and habitat, and freshwater. The Foundation's main office is in Vancouver, which is its founding location. DSF also has offices in Toronto and Montreal.

Communication, Education and Public Engagement is one of the David Suzuki Foundation's major programs and accounted for 48% of program costs in 2015. DSF sees power in numbers. The charity believes that to improve Canada's environmental position, the most effective strategy is social engagement: getting citizens informed throughout Canada. In its annual report, DSF claims that Canadians identify the Foundation as the country's most credible source of science-based environmental information. As of 2015, DSF has over 270,000 email subscribers and the charity's website had over 2 million visitors within the year.

Through its Science and Policy program, the David Suzuki Foundation advocates for government policy changes that relate to one or more of the charity's core issues. Science and Policy accounted for 15% of total program costs in 2015. Within the year, DSF helped 100 communities across Canada pass environmental rights declarations. One success story was in Cacouna, Quebec. The David Suzuki Foundation teamed up with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society to fight TransCanada's plan to build an oil port in the St. Lawrence River. The proposed port would have disrupted breeding grounds for the endangered beluga whales in the area.

Financial Review:

The David Suzuki Foundation is a Big-Cap charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $11.6m in F2015. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues and fundraising costs are 22% of donations and special events fundraising, which combined fall within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity holds funding reserves of $16.7m, of which $9.0m are donor-endowed. Gross funding reserves can cover annual program costs for 2.4 years. Omitting donor-endowed funds, the charity's reserves can cover program costs for 1.2 years.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by the David Suzuki Foundation. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 22, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.1%13.9%17.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 21.9%21.2%21.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 244.9%259.3%220.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,6779,4018,236
Special events 1,92018300
Investment income 1,1711,795934
Other income 325866
Total revenues 12,79911,2729,536
Program costs 6,8115,5735,281
Administrative costs 1,5231,3131,501
Fundraising costs 2,5381,9921,854
Cash flow from operations 1,9262,394899
Funding reserves 16,67714,45011,658
Note: Restricted contributions received during the year are included in donations, affecting total revenues by $157k in F2015, $624k in F2014 and $9k in F2013. Ci did not report amortization of deferred capital contributions, decreasing total revenues by $82k in F2015, $128k in F2014 and $128k in F2013. Realized and unrealized gains on endowment fund investments of $762k in F2015, $1.5m in F2014 and $650k in F2013 are included in investment income. Administrative expenses allocated to program costs of $1.1m in F105, $922k in F2014 and $1.0m in F2013 are included in administrative costs. Amortization of capital assets has been removed from program, administrative and fundraising costs based on % of total operating expenses.

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