550 Bayview Ave, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4W 3X8
CEO: Jennifer Angel
Board Chair: Helen Burstyn

Charitable Reg. #:13181 5763 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) 72 cents are available for programs.

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About Evergreen:

Evergreen is a 4-star rated charity. It has an above-average results reporting score, reasonable overhead costs, and is financially transparent.

Founded in 1991, Evergreen is an urban environmental charity that aims to create green community spaces in cities. The charity's work addresses climate change, housing affordability, and access to nature. Evergreen states that over 82% of Canadians lives in cities, and it hopes to improve conditions for these people.  

Evergreen works in two areas: Evergreen Brick Works programs and National programs.  

In F2022, 62% of program spending ($10.3m) went to Evergreen Brick Works programs. In 2010, the charity opened Evergreen Brick Works, Canada’s first large-scale community environmental centre. Located in Toronto, the centre offers events about how to live and work sustainably. Evergreen Brick Works also hosts seasonal and cultural events, such as a Day of the Dead festival. In F2022, Evergreen hosted nine programs and events at Brick Works. It saw a total of 120,754 visitors during the year, with over 100,000 people attending Saturday Farmers Markets. Evergreen Brick Works also has a regenerative landscape that encourages biodiversity and sustainability. In F2022, volunteers planted 25 new species of wildflowers at Brick Works.  

In F2022, National programs received 38% of program spending ($6.2m). Evergreen runs various programs across Canada to promote healthy and dynamic urban spaces. The charity's Community Solutions Network connects people and provides tools for creating climate-friendly cities. In F2022, 147 communities were a part of this network and a total of 263 resources were downloaded. Evergreen also runs programming for youth to include them in environmental work. In F2022, 39 students joined the charity’s Future City Builders program to create projects that address environmental issues. During the year, nine solutions were piloted by the Future City Builders program.

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Results and Impact

Through its Gateway Bicycle Hub, Evergreen diverted 16,000 pounds of waste from landfills by repairing or refurbishing bikes. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Evergreen’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Evergreen’s audited financial statements do not break out government funding and investment income from donations and fees for service. Ci reported revenues from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA.  

Evergreen reported donations of $5.2m in F2022. It received $6.1m in government funding, representing 28% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 16% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 28%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 72 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Evergreen has reserve funds of $6.4m, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 39%. This means that the charity can cover program costs at the F2022 level for almost five months.  

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Evergreen for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on August 19, 2023 by Clive Stevens.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.4%13.1%11.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 16.3%17.1%14.9%
Total overhead spending 27.7%30.3%26.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 38.7%40.7%8.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,1555,1736,531
Government funding 6,1377,5815,891
Fees for service 10,2773,7192,984
Investment income 7966
Total revenues 21,64816,47915,411
Program costs 16,40810,2389,687
Grants 204263
Administrative costs 2,4602,1621,774
Fundraising costs 840887973
Other costs 313662
Total spending 19,75813,36512,559
Cash flow from operations 1,8903,1142,853
Capital spending 943292912
Funding reserves 6,3554,183832

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted donations by changes in deferred revenue and deferred capital contributions. This affected total revenues by ($3.5m) in F2022, ($3.1m) in F2021, and ($2.3m) in F2020. Ci reported donations, fees for service, government funding, and investment income from CRA filings rather than audited financial statements. Ci also obtained grants to qualified donees from available CRA filings and removed the amounts from program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 104

Avg. compensation: $76,014

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.evergreen.ca
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