Jane Goodall Institute

149 College Street, Suite 105
Toronto, ON M5T 1P5
CEO: David Smith
Board Chair: Sujeet Kini

Charitable Reg. #:14053 0916 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) 61 cents are available for programs.

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About Jane Goodall Institute:

Founded in 1977, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (JGI Canada) conducts research and runs conservation programs to protect chimpanzees, apes, and their natural habitats. It also works to inform people and inspire Canadians to get involved with conservation. JGI Canada reports that in 1900, around one to two million chimpanzees lived in the wild. Today, there are fewer than 350,000 chimpanzees remaining.

Jane Goodall Institute of Canada runs three main programs: Africa programs, Roots & Shoots, and public education.

Africa programs represented 71% of program spending in F2020. JGI Canada funds the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center, the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa. Located in the Congo Basin, it comprises a 70 km² sanctuary that cares for 138 chimpanzees. Since 2016, JGI Canada has also run its Delivering Healthy Futures project, which provides maternal and child health services in 20 villages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Through the project, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada has built seven maternity wards and 20 fully equipped health centres. In total, the charity reports that it has reached more than 118,800 community members, including fully vaccinating more than 12,000 children. In F2020, JGI Canada also funded five Indigenous youth to complete a four-month internship in Uganda.

Roots & Shoots made up 25% of program costs in F2020. JGI Canada aims to inspire young people across Canada to value and protect nature. Roots & Shoots encourages students to identify needs in their communities and take action through service projects and youth-led campaigns. In F2020, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada supported 93 youth projects. As part of a Roots & Shoots project, students at Tillicum Annex School in Vancouver built four new garden boxes to expand a community garden.

Public education and communication were the remaining 4% of programs. In 2019, JGI Canada launched its Uncovering Common Ground program to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to share perspectives and lead local projects that work to address stereotypes. In F2020, JGI Canada supported 20 leaders working on seven projects across four provinces.

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Results and Impact

Between 2016 and 2020, JGI Canada provided maternal health services through its Delivering Healthy Futures program in the DRC. It reports that across 20 villages, 65% of pregnant women received prenatal care at least four times during pregnancy, up from 15% when the project began. In addition, 99% of mothers received postnatal care within two days of childbirth.

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

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Jane Goodall Institute received $1.3m in donations and special events revenue in F2020. It also received $1.3m in government funding during the year, representing 50% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 30% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 39%. For every dollar donated, 61 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Jane Goodall Institute was previously within the reasonable range in F2019. However, its fundraising ratio rose in F2020 mainly due to decreases in donations and special events revenue, which fell by 12% and 59%, respectively. Its fundraising costs also decreased by 19% in F2020.

JGI Canada has $2.6m in net funding reserves. The charity can cover 167% or around 20 months of annual program costs with its existing reserves.

According to its annual filing with the Charities Directorate, JGI Canada used external fundraisers in F2020. It paid external fundraises $14k to raise $6k, at a cost of $2.49 per dollar raised.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Jane Goodall Institute of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 22, 2021 by Eric Zhao. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.6%7.2%7.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 29.6%25.5%22.0%
Total overhead spending 39.2%32.7%29.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 166.8%232.9%90.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 950,3991,080,492698,702
Government funding 1,293,8321,132,9901,408,932
Business activities (net) 0651,540
Special events 310,122722,974710,938
Investment income 10,07811,0443,089
Other income 24,72524,58612,415
Total revenues 2,589,1562,972,1512,835,616
Program costs - International 968,265884,8691,860,771
Program costs - Canada 553,259330,641337,192
Grants 22,91927,1504,257
Administrative costs 246,183214,392198,907
Fundraising costs 373,385459,905309,370
Total spending 2,164,0111,916,9572,710,497
Cash flow from operations 425,1451,055,194125,119
Capital spending 4,0928,9527,726
Funding reserves 2,575,5232,894,5981,997,668

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted donations by changes in deferred revenue from non-government sources. This affected revenues by $158k in F2020, ($2k) in F2019, and $6k in F2018. Ci adjusted international program costs by changes in program expenses payable. This affected expenses by ($234k) in F2020, ($221k) in F2019, and ($nil) in F2018. Ci adjusted Canadian and international program costs by changes in program advances. This affected expenses by $86k in F2020, ($418k) in F2019, and ($13k) in F2018. Ci reported grants to qualified donees from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA, and removed the amounts from Canadian program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 13

Avg. compensation: $61,117

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 F2020

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Charity Contact

Website: www.janegoodall.ca
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