Bruce Trail Conservancy

PO Box 857
Hamilton, ON L8N 3N9
Executive Director: Beth Gilhespy
President: Janice McClelland

Charitable Reg. #: 11921 7578 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Social Results Reporting

Grade: A-

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 #15

Avg. Compensation $67,310

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 10
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Bruce Trail Conservancy:

Founded by a group of naturalists in the 1960s, Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) was set up to raise awareness of the need to protect Ontraio's Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. By building a pedestrian hiking trail along the 800 km length of the Escarpment, BTC hopes to educate the population about the unique geology, flora and fauna of this region, and to contribute to interest in its preservation. BTC is assisted by the policies of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, an Ontario Government body that regulates activities on the Escarpment, and supports the BTC in its mandate (but provides no financial support). Over the last decade, BTC has accelerated a land acquisition strategy, which began in 1974 and is now a major land trust. In F2014, 11 new properties were acquired, preserving 121 acres (49 ha) and securing 3,874 metres of the Bruce Trail according to the annual report. The charity currently owns or manages 8,800 acres on 234 properties. Stewardship of this land is provided by two full-time ecologists and a large network of volunteers. Management is experienced and stable.

Financial Review:

Administrative costs are 17% of revenues and fundraising costs are 12% of donations. The funding reserves of $3.1m in F2014 cover the program costs 2 times.

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

Updated on August 10, 2015 by Rohan Bhargava

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 17.1%13.5%11.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.2%8.5%8.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 203.5%100.1%70.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,303,1583,180,4133,115,363
Government funding 110,15216,48655,608
Business activities (net) 51,20986,66964,773
Investment income 93,77885,07967,012
Other income 249,90720,75624,804
Total revenues 2,808,2043,389,4033,327,560
Program costs 1,536,0482,481,6442,699,518
Administrative costs 464,191444,299359,246
Fundraising costs 279,875270,519277,591
Other costs 40,14536,35740,197
Cash flow from operations 487,945156,584(48,992)
Funding reserves 3,125,2932,485,0271,907,453
Note: Ci has adjusted program spending for cost of purchased land, net of sales, increasing the cost by $380k, $1.4m and $1.7 million for F2014, F2013 and F2012 respectively. Disclosure: Charity Intelligence's environmental analyst is a director of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

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