Sierra Club of Canada Foundation

1510-1 Nicholas St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Executive Director: John Bennett
Board President: Paul Senez

Website: www.sierraclub.ca/foundation
Charitable Reg. #: 11914 9789 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Public Foundation

Social Results Reporting

Grade: C

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

Program Cost Coverage

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #3

Avg. Compensation $29,771

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 1
< $40k 2
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2012

About Sierra Club of Canada Foundation:

Sierra Club of Canada Foundation (SCC) is the Canadian offshoot of the US-based Sierra Club, perhaps the oldest environmental organization in the world, founded in 1892. From its original roots focused on the protection of western ecosystems, Sierra Club today is a major advocacy group dealing with a wide range of issues. In Canada, Sierra Club operates through a series of local chapters, which are membership-based groups. None of these chapters is a registered charity, except for Sierra Club of British Columbia (see separate report).

Fundraising for charitable activities is handled by SCC, which allocates funds to the chapters. SCC must ensure that any such funds meet the criteria for charitable activities. The key issues focused on by SCC are climate change, energy policy, water quality and endangered species. It is difficult to assess the impact that Sierra Club advocacy has made on public policy in many of these areas.

Financial Review:

In F2012, SCC's administrative costs were high at 45% of revenues, while fundraising costs were 6% of donations. From F2011 to F2012, SCC's administrative costs have increased significantly, while program expenditures and fundraising costs have decreased significantly. SCC has funding reserves of $269k, which cover 94% of annual program costs.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201220112010
Administrative costs as % of revenues 44.7%18.0%10.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.7%15.7%5.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 94.2%38.4%68.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
201220112010
Donations 541,333646,813860,787
Fees for service 14,51050,02242,852
Investment income 2,87715,3368,683
Total revenues 558,720712,171912,322
Program costs 285,671732,998860,745
Administrative costs 248,225125,64798,190
Fundraising costs 30,734101,69248,471
Cash flow from operations (5,910)(248,166)(95,084)
Funding reserves 269,022281,616591,284
Note: To reflect the period in which donations were received, Ci adjusted donations for deferred contributions by $17k in F2012, ($205k) in F2011 and ($51k) in F2010.

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