Ontario Nature

214 King Street West, Suite 612
Toronto, ON M5H 3S6
Executive Director: Caroline Shultz
President: Kevin Thomason

Website: www.ontarionature,org
Charitable Reg. #: 10737 8952 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Social Results Reporting

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 ]

Program Cost Coverage

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #19

Avg. Compensation $59,431

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 Ontario Nature:

Founded in 1931, Ontario Nature protects wildlife and wild spaces in Ontario. It has a Nature Network of 150 Ontario community conservation groups that help with the charity's conservation and research projects. Ontario Nature has three core programs: habitat and species conservation, conservation education and public engagement. The charity also advocates for environmental law and policy changes to increase the level of land and wildlife protection in Ontario.

Ontario Nature's current conservation campaigns include improving the Endangered Species Act, reducing bird mortality due to collisions with glass windows, increasing protection of the Great Boreal Forest (only 12% is currently protected in Ontario) and restoring Ontario's wetlands. It runs a Nature Reserves program that protects Ontario's vulnerable habitats based on the charity's protection priorities. Ontario Nature currently maintains 24 properties with this program, protecting 2,788 hectares of land.

Ontario Nature also runs education programs that explain the importance of nature conservation in Ontario. Included is its Nature Guardians program, which educates Ontario youth aged 5 to 18 through hands-on conservation activities. Nature Guardians activities are guided by a Youth Council, which consist of 70 members in 2015 and represented the largest youth group that the charity has ever had.

Ontario Nature launched the Ontario Master Naturalist Programs in partnership with Lakehead University in 2015. This education program teaches naturalists – people who study the natural world and its phenomena – new skills so that they can become certified Master Naturalists. The 29 participants who completed the program in 2015 are now Ontario's first group of Master Naturalists. 'Master Naturalist' is a title given to those who are very knowledgeable in the science of studying nature but have not necessarily received formal training.

Ontario Nature's public engagement program connects people with nature by supporting local conservation groups and distributing educational materials such as its ON Nature magazine. The magazine's publication expenses accounted for 10% of total program costs in F2015.

Financial Review:

Ontario Nature is a medium-sized charity with total donations of $2.3m in F2015. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues and fundraising costs are 19% of donations (excluding donated capital assets). $0.30 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending.

Ontario Nature's funding reserves of $2.4m can cover annual program costs for 1.2 years.

Ci could not reconcile the charity's T3010 CRA filings with the audited financial statements for reported revenues and therefore could not break out government funding or business activities revenues from total donations received.

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

Updated on July 7, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending February
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.2%14.5%12.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.9%20.6%26.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 123.0%166.9%147.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,268,4881,964,0821,735,520
Goods in kind 220,0000448,950
Fees for service 167,713156,924152,891
Investment income 240,521299,971179,691
Other income 19,56236,25438,346
Total revenues 2,916,2842,457,2312,555,398
Program costs 1,944,7161,649,7831,569,965
Administrative costs 299,262313,288306,128
Fundraising costs 427,741405,289459,295
Cash flow from operations 244,56588,871220,010
Funding reserves 2,392,1352,754,1862,308,790
Note: Ci included unrealized gains in investment income. Ci did not include gain on sale of capital assets in revenues. Public relations and communications expenses  are included in program costs. Rental and other expenses are included in administrative costs. Amortization has been backed out of program, administrative and fundraising costs based on % of total expenses. Ci included revenues from ON Nature magazine subscriptions in fees for services.

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