Jane Goodall Institute

149 College Street, Suite 105
Toronto, ON M5T 1P5
CEO: Bella Lam
Board Chair: Corinne Caldwell

Charitable Reg. #:14053 0916 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 43 cents are available for programs.

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About Jane Goodall Institute:

Jane Goodall Institute of Canada is a 3-star charity. It has an above-average results reporting score. The charity has high overhead spending and is financially transparent.   

Founded in 1977, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (JGI Canada) works to address climate change using programs in Africa and Canada. The programs focus on biodiversity loss, climate change, and environmental inequity. In Africa, JGI Canada leads research to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. In Canada, JGI Canada helps inspire people to get involved with environmental policy.  

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

Africa programs represented 44% of program spending in F2022. JGI Canada funds the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo. The Center provides food, shelter, and medical care for 140 chimpanzees. JGI Canada supports the Gombe Stream Research Centre in Tanzania. Here, scientists observe wild chimpanzees to learn more about the species. Additionally, JGI Canada runs a Building Community Resilience project in Senegal. The project helps farmers, especially women farmers, continue working in a changing climate. In F2022, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada gave out nearly 5,000 kg of drought-resistant crops. The project also helped almost 1,000 women. 

Roots & Shoots made up 35% of program costs in F2022. JGI Canada aims to inspire young people across Canada to protect nature. Roots & Shoots encourages students to start service projects that address local needs. In F2022, over 4,000 students were directly engaged in Roots & Shoots projects.  

Public education and communication were the remaining 20% of spending. JGI Canada’s Uncovering Common Ground program connects Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. Together, they lead projects that address stereotypes. JGI Canada’s Youth Advisory Council allows young people to sit on local committees. They help advocate for environmental protection laws. Jane Goodall Institute of Canada also hosts many public speaking events. In F2022, the events raised over $250,000. 

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Results and Impact

JGI Canada’s Building Community Resilience project in Senegal works to support farmers. Due to climate change, many farmers are now working on drier lands. The project teaches people farming methods that work well in such areas. The project also helps empower women through gender equity workshops. In F2022, the workshops included 422 participants, with 73% of them being women. The project helped teach 147 women about sustainable agriculture. Afterwards, the women led further trainings for other community members. JGI Canada’s Building Community Resilience project is still ongoing. 

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 $1.1m in donations and special events revenue in F2022. It also received $0.5m in government funding during the year, representing 53% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 45% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 58%. For every dollar donated, 43 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. This change is largely due to the increase in JGI Canada’s fundraising ratio from 30% in F2020 to 45% in F2022. The fundraising ratio rose mainly due to decreases in donations, which fell by 19%, since F2020. 

JGI Canada has $2.3m in reserve funding. The charity can cover 146% or around 18 months of annual program costs with its existing reserves. 

According to its annual filing with the Charities Directorate, JGI Canada used external fundraisers in F2022. It paid external fundraises $5k to raise $14k, at a cost of $0.38 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 May 25, 2023 by Clive Stevens.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.6%12.8%7.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 45.1%35.3%29.6%
Total overhead spending 56.7%48.1%36.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 146.2%135.0%166.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 766,279872,036950,399
Government funding 931,421515,4062,088,104
Special events 357,227249,916310,122
Investment income (39,637)11,38110,078
Other income 492,22760,79524,725
Total revenues 2,507,5171,709,5343,383,428
Program costs - International 689,7941,112,6171,061,889
Program costs - Canada 867,924577,262459,635
Grants 23,36464,38122,919
Administrative costs 296,041217,371246,183
Fundraising costs 506,116395,601373,385
Total spending 2,383,2392,367,2322,164,011
Cash flow from operations 124,278(657,698)1,219,417
Capital spending 5,5263,4064,092
Funding reserves 2,311,5352,368,3282,575,523

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted donations by changes in deferred revenue from non-government sources. This affected revenues by ($96k) in F2022, $5k in F2021, and $158k in F2020. Ci also adjusted donations in deferred revenue from government sources. This affected revenues by $153k in F2022, ($289k) in F2021, and $794k in F2020. Ci adjusted international program costs by changes in program expenses payable. This affected expenses by ($55k) in F2022, $442k in F2021, and ($234k) in F2020. Ci adjusted Canadian and international program costs by changes in program advances. This affected expenses by $36k in F2022, $101k in F2021, and $86k in F2020. 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: 14

Avg. compensation: $87,830

Top 10 staff salary range:

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$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2022

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