Toronto Wildlife Centre

60 Carl Hall Road, Unit 4
Toronto, ON M3K 2C1
Executive Director: Nathalie Karvonen
Board Co-Chair: Donna Hayes

Website: www.torontowildlifecentre.com
Charitable Reg. #: 14114 6290 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

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 available only through official request for information from Canada Revenue Agency [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #31

Avg. Compensation $32,468

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 6
< $40k 4
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Toronto Wildlife Centre:

Founded in 1993, Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) helps sick, injured and orphaned wild animals in the Greater Toronto Area. Its mission is to build a healthy community for people and wildlife through education and advice on wildlife situations, and by providing medical care to sick, injured and orphaned wild animals with the ultimate goal of releasing healthy animals back into the wild. TWC states that it is the largest wildlife centre in Canada, and the only wildlife centre working in the GTA. The charity’s five core programs are Wildlife Rescue, Wildlife Rehabilitation, its Wildlife Hotline, its Wildlife Hospital, and Education & Outreach. Since opening in 1993, TWC reports admitting more than 90,000 animals representing over 270 species.

TWC’s Wildlife Rehabilitation program admits roughly 5,000 sick, injured and orphaned wild animals every year. TWC is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility. Rehabilitators give animals the shelter, food and care they need to get better. When the animals are ready for release, TWC makes sure each animal is acclimated to the wild once more. As of May 2017, TWC cares for 506 animals (54 species) – with 1,243 animals admitted between January and May, TWC released 737 animals.

TWC’s Wildlife Hotline helps wild animals that are trapped or hurt due to urban development and other human activities. It receives up to 30,000 calls per year. The charity’s Wildlife Rescue team of three staff are trained or certified in ice rescue, water rescue, slope evacuation and chemical immobilization. They handle wildlife situations that the public cannot. TWC states it is the only wildlife center in Ontario with a rescue program. The Wildlife Hospital, staffed with wildlife veterinarians, offers medical care to wild animals. Students and graduates looking for wildlife medicine experience can volunteer, intern or extern at the Hospital. Education & Outreach programming teaches the public about humane responses to wildlife situations through presentations, events, and online resources available on TWC’s website.

In F2015, Wildlife Rehabilitation costs accounted for 35% of program spending, Education & Outreach costs accounted for 12%, and Hospital costs and Rescue costs each made up 8%. General operations, facility and volunteer costs made up 17%, while new facility planning accounted for 20%. The charity did not disclose direct costs related to its Hotline.

Financial Review:

Toronto Wildlife Centre is a medium-sized charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $1.6m in F2015. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues and fundraising costs are 25% of donations and fundraising revenues. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.72 goes towards its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. F2015 fundraising costs increased 173% from the year before, partly due to TWC’s New Centre capital campaign started during the year. The charity’s funding reserves of $249k can cover only 13% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Toronto Wildlife Centre. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 16, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201520142013
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.2%4.6%6.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.6%8.8%12.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 12.7%27.2%(23.3%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
201520142013
Donations 1,592,8941,670,9981,014,284
Goods in kind 517,13820,13430,592
Government funding 74,568120,06744,831
Business activities (net) 13,63016,43537,568
Special events 57,00316,6425,953
Other income 0040,869
Total revenues 2,255,2331,844,2761,174,097
Program costs 1,963,9751,204,838982,130
Administrative costs 71,47183,97280,192
Fundraising costs 405,382148,527129,604
Other costs 5715,82018,806
Cash flow from operations (186,166)401,119(36,635)
Funding reserves 249,226327,127(228,391)
Note: Ci reported sales gross of direct expenses in business activities. Ci did not report gain on sale of capital assets, decreasing total revenues by $3k in F2014. Ci reported special events and projects revenue of $57k in F2015 and $17k in F2014 in special event fundraising, and contributed services of $443k in F2015 in donated goods in kind. Ci reported New Centre capital campaign expenses of $184k in F2015 in fundraising costs. Ci reported contributed services in program costs, increasing expenses by $442k in F2015. 

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