Sierra Club BC

301 - 2994 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8T 4N4
Executive Director: Bob Peart
Board Chair: Gail Riddell

Charitable Reg. #: 11914 9797 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: A-

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 ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #10

Avg. Compensation $57,609

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 8
< $40k 2
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Sierra Club BC:

Founded in 1969, the Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation fights to conserve and protect British Columbia’s environment and wildlife from the harmful effects of climate change. The charity also runs education programs to spread knowledge about the value of nature and the importance of climate stability.

Sierra Club BC runs campaigns that spread awareness about the importance of the province’s wildlife and biodiversity. In 2015, 28% of program spending went toward such activities. Within the year, Sierra Club BC protected 3.1 million hectares of land in the Great Bear rainforest by making endangered old-growth trees on the land off-limits to logging.  85% of the Great Bear Rainforest is now protected from logging, which represents 12% of Earth’s remaining ancient coastal temperate rainforests.

Sierra Club BC also runs campaigns that promote the transition to a low-carbon economy and a more stable climate. These activities accounted for 36% of program spending in 2015. During the year, the charity worked with UVic’s Environmental Law Center and created the Blind Spot report. The report proposes a climate test for the province to use to measure proposed energy projects against their climate impacts. Sierra Club BC submitted the report to the British Columbia Climate Leadership team and it is currently under review.

Sierra Club BC works in schools by providing 90-minute education sessions to elementary classes, where team members teach children about local wildlife and the importance of biodiversity. In 2015, the charity delivered 220 sessions across B.C. and reached over 5,500 students. Based on total operating costs – assuming costs related to the charity’s low-carbon economy and biodiversity programs relate to content taught in the education sessions – Sierra Club BC spent $4,953 per education session in 2015.

Financial Review:

Sierra Club BC is a small-cap charity that received $854k in donations in F2015. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 33% of donations, which falls just within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Funding reserves of $277k cover only 38% of program costs, indicating a funding need. The charity's funding reserves consist only of cash and cash equivalents.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Sierra Club BC. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 8, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.2%8.6%15.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 32.7%32.5%27.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 37.9%49.0%60.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 854,413826,593835,728
Government funding 133,546115,856119,132
Business activities (net) 001,200
Investment income 017,6214,769
Other income 51,6841,42330,873
Total revenues 1,039,643961,493991,702
Program costs 730,776666,505642,786
Administrative costs 63,97981,205152,855
Fundraising costs 279,602268,716227,919
Other costs 7,7718,0516,657
Cash flow from operations (42,485)(62,984)(38,515)
Funding reserves 276,939326,599387,342
Note: Sublease revenue of $1k in F2013, included in business activities revenue, is reported gross of expenses. Government funding of $119k in F2013 was obtained from the charity’s T3010 CRA filing and backed out of donations. Investment income figures of $18k in F2014 and $5k in F2013 were obtained from the charity’s T3010 CRA filing and backed out of other income. The charity’s F2015 T3010 CRA filing was not available at the time this profile was created. Ci adjusted for changes in grants receivable, changing donations by $19k in F2015 and ($38k) in F2014. Community Gaming grants of $109k in F2015 and $100k in F2014 are included in government grants. Included in program costs are salaries and benefits, rent and occupancy costs, and charitable activities carried out under agency agreements as reported in the charity’s audited financial statements.

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