Environmental Defence Canada

116 Spadina Ave Suite 300
Toronto, ON M5V 2K6
Executive Director: Tim Gray
Board Chair: Eric Stevenson

Website: www.environmentaldefence.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 11883 0835 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

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

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #28

Avg. Compensation $59,328

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 6
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Environmental Defence Canada:

Founded in 1984, Environmental Defence Canada (EDC) aims to protect Canada’s fresh water and land, eliminate toxins in the environment, and promote clean energy alternatives. EDC works with the government, industrial companies and individual Canadians to achieve these goals. The charity’s programs fall into four major buckets: toxics, climate and clean economy, land, and water.

Through its Toxics program, Environmental Defence Canada tries to eliminate harmful materials from consumer products, stop the use of toxic chemicals in the environment and inform Canadians about dangerous materials present in common household products. In June 2015, EDC saw success when the Canadian government announced regulations to reduce neonicotinoids use in Ontario by 80% by 2017. Neonicotinoids are a group of pesticides that kill bees and other pollinators. Also in June 2015, Loblaws announced plans to eliminate triclosan, microbeads and phthalates from its President’s Choice and Life Brand products by 2018 – all three materials are harmful to human health.

With the Climate and Clean Economy program, Environmental Defence Canada focuses on pushing Canada toward more sustainable energy options. EDC believes that climate change is Canada’s largest threat and to eliminate this threat, Canada must move away from fossil fuels for energy. This program saw success in 2015 when EDC’s advocacy efforts contributed to TransCanada’s decision to cancel its plans for a major pipeline that would have run through the St. Lawrence River near Cacouna, Quebec.

Creating Livable Communities is Environmental Defence Canada’s land program that focuses on protecting natural areas, such as the Ontario Greenbelt, from urban sprawl and other industrial expansion projects. In 2015, the Ontario Greenbelt expanded when the Mississauga City Council declared over 800 acres of land along Credit Valley as an Urban River Valley.

Environmental Defence Canada’s major freshwater protection program is Blue Flag, an eco-certification program for Canadian beaches and marinas. EDC evaluates community waterfronts for high water quality, safety standards, cleanliness and accessibility. To date, 26 beaches and 7 marinas across Canada are Blue Flag-certified, representing 530,000 square meters of protected shoreline.

Financial Review:

Environmental Defence Canada is a medium-sized charity with total donations of $3.1m in F2015. Administrative costs are 16% of revenues and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. Combined, $0.42 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which is above Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. EDC had the same overhead cost ratio in F2014. However, overhead spending fell within Ci’s reasonable range in F2013 at $0.35 on the dollar.

EDC’s funding reserves of $596k can cover only 30% of annual program and granting costs, indicating a funding need.

Updated on August 10, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.0%16.3%13.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.4%26.4%20.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 30.1%40.3%53.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 3,101,9173,366,3163,747,497
Government funding 117,47499,15053,925
Other income 12,24222,77946,147
Total revenues 3,231,6333,488,2453,847,569
Program costs 1,976,4382,300,7562,383,420
Grants 3,6834,0893,000
Administrative costs 516,314569,437523,524
Fundraising costs 817,219889,505771,098
Cash flow from operations (82,021)(275,542)166,527
Funding reserves 596,388929,0421,266,153
Note: Ci gathered all expense figures from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings and backed out amortization from program, admin and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

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