Alberta Conservation Association

101-9 Chippewa Road
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 6J7
President & CEO: Todd Zimmerling
Board Chair: Patrick Long

Charitable Reg. #:88994 6141 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 94 cents are available for programs.

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About Alberta Conservation Association:

Founded in 1997, the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) protects wildlife and their habitats for Albertans to enjoy. In F2018, the charity spent over $13m on programs. ACA’s four largest programs are: wildlife (24%), fisheries (16%), land management (15%), and granting activities (12%).

ACA’s wildlife program enhances wildlife and their habitats by partnering with ranches to help mitigate the effects that working operations have on animals’ habitats. The charity works to improve water quality and habitats on the shores of waterways. In F2018, the charity released 26,000 male pheasants across Alberta to increase hunting opportunities.

Through the fisheries program, ACA conserves and manages fish species populations and habitats in Alberta. The charity focuses on increasing the populations of vulnerable species and improving opportunities for recreational harvest. ACA stocked 52 waterbodies with about 73,000 rainbow trout, 5,000 brown trout, and 4,800 brook trout. The charity also surveyed 11 watersheds, four lakes, and 34 ponds to gather information on the fish population.

The land management program works to restore damaged habitats and protect healthy ones. ACA’s goal is to ensure that all animals have a healthy habitat to live in. Through the program, ACA restored 4.5 acres of wetland habitat and seeded 167 acres of land with native plants as well as planting over 1,150 trees and shrubs.

In F2018, ACA reports granting $1.9m, however, its T3010 filing reports only $814k granted to qualified donees. The charity grants money to support conservation activities that will contribute to increasing the health of wildlife and fish populations. ACA also funds research projects on wildlife management and graduate students studying biodiversity.

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Results and Impact

ACA’s wildlife program improved 5km of shoreline habitat by reducing the overgrowth of vegetation that destroys the piping plover's habitat. In F2018, ACA’s land management program added seven new conservation sites, totaling 1,326 acres.

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Alberta Conservation Association is a medium-sized charity with donations of $2.8m in F2018. The charity also received $14.4m of government funding in F2018, which represented 83% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues and the charity reports no fundraising costs in F2018. For every dollar donated, 93 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending but is likely understated due to the lack of reported fundraising costs. Alberta Conservation Association has funding reserves of $5.4m, which can cover program costs for almost five months.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Alberta Conservation Association. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 15, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.5%12.9%8.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 39.0%33.9%33.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,7643,4022,761
Government funding 14,42314,57014,626
Business activities (net) 301
Investment income 272849(60)
Other income 170299320
Total revenues 17,63319,11917,647
Program costs 13,07312,31312,874
Grants 815552601
Administrative costs 1,1252,3521,560
Fundraising costs 000
Cash flow from operations 2,6193,9032,612
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 5,4184,3654,523

Note: Ci reported donations and grants restricted for land purchases under donations, increasing revenues by $908k in F2018, $1.7m in F2017, and $1.3m in F2016. Ci recognized both realized and unrealized gains and losses on investments as revenue. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 79

Avg. Compensation: $80,192

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The comments below relate to a previous profile. Updated comments may be forthcoming.

You have a note that the program expenses were increased by $2.262 M for land  purchases but you don’t show the revenue.  The main reason for the increase in our  administrative cost and a decrease in our donations is a change in reporting  requirements whereby donated land value and funds designated for land purchase were no longer considered revenue in 2012, but instead went straight to assets.  So although we have the admin cost of handling a million dollar land purchase, the  revenue for that purchase does not show up on the books.

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