David Suzuki Foundation
Vancouver, BC V6K 4S2
CEO: Peter Robinson
Board Chair: James Hoggan
Charitable Reg. #: 12775 6716 RR0001
Grade: A-The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Full-time staff #80
Avg. Compensation $65,144
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About David Suzuki Foundation:
Founded in 1990, David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) protects Canada’s nature and diversity by focusing on five key issues: climate change, health, oceans, wildlife and habitat, and freshwater. The Foundation’s head office – and founding location – is in Vancouver. 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 37% of program costs in 2016. 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 across Canada.
Through its Science and Policy program, 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 16% of total program costs in 2016. One of the charity’s current focuses is on the impact of fossil fuels on the environment – climate change, poor air quality, and illnesses such as asthma. In November, the charity submitted an anti-coal letter on behalf of over 34,000 people to the Federal government – within a reported 2 hours, the government announced a plan to eliminate conventional coal-based electricity by 2030. The charity states that this plan will save a projected $5 billion in health care costs between 2016 and 2035. Combined with Alberta’s climate plan commitment, it will eliminate 8% of Canada’s carbon footprint. DSF also focuses on clean transportation as means of addressing issues related to climate change such as traffic congestion and carbon emissions. In November 2016, the Federal government announced plans to spend $25.3 billion over the next 11 years to improve and expand public transit systems.
The charity's Blue Dot campaign started in 2014. It allows Canadians to call upon their government to increase protection of their rights to clean water and air, safe food and stable climate. As of 2016, 146 communities have passed municipal Blue Dot environmental rights declarations. As a result, roughly 15 million Canadians live in communities that recognize their right to safe air, water and food, and stable climate.
David Suzuki Foundation holds a strong advocacy presence in 3 regions of Canada – Quebec and Atlantic Canada made up 17% of program costs in 2016, BC and Western Canada made up 16%, and Ontario and Atlantic Canada made up 13%. In Quebec, the charity launched a campaign with SNAP-Quebec to make marine-protected areas in the St. Lawrence River to protect beluga whales. In response to the campaign, the provincial government committed to protecting 10% of the St. Lawrence by 2020. In British Columbia, DSF reports successfully closing or relocating at least 5 fish farms. In Ontario, the charity reports that after years of discussions with the provincial government, the Ontario government announced its plan to expand Ontario’s Greenbelt to protect urban river valleys in the GTA and Hamilton area.
David Suzuki Foundation is a big-cap charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $10.6m in F2016. Administrative costs are 17% of revenues and fundraising costs are 22% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.62 goes towards its programs, which falls below Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. David Suzuki Foundation holds funding reserves of $18.6m, including $9.3m in donor-endowed funds. Excluding endowments, the charity’s reserves can cover annual program costs for 1.8 years.
David Suzuki Foundation uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In F2016, DSF reported paying $214k to external fundraisers. The charity did not report the revenue raised by the external fundraisers on behalf of the charity in its most recent T3010 CRA filing.
This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by David Suzuki Foundation. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on May 26, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending August
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||16.5%||13.1%||13.9%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||21.7%||21.9%||21.2%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||329.4%||244.9%||259.3%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Cash flow from operations||1,723||1,926||2,394|