Trout Unlimited Canada

2880 Glenmore Trail SE, Suite 180
Calgary, AB T2C 2E7
CEO: Silvia D'Amelio
Director: Kris Benson

Website: www.tucanada.org
Charitable Reg. #: 11927 1690 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

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 ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #10

Avg. Compensation $63,201

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 9
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Trout Unlimited Canada:

Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Calgary, AB and Guelph, ON, Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) works in water and fisheries protection. Its mission is to conserve, protect and restore Canada’s freshwater ecosystems and cold-water resources for current and future generations. TUC has 22 chapters across Canada and runs two major programs: conservation and education.

Trout Unlimited Canada spent $894k (78% of program spending) on conservation projects in 2016. The charity’s newest project, Reconnecting Canada: The Million Mile Effort, started in 2016 and addresses the damage culverts cause for rivers, including water quality degradation, bacterial growth, algal blooms, erosion and flooding. To help, TUC is replacing and modifying culverts, and modifying streams in Nile Creek (Vancouver Island, BC), Courtcliffe Park (Hamilton, ON) and Prairie Creek (AB). Discovering Didymo Distribution is a conservation project focusing on Didymo, an alga that can produce enormous blooms in rivers and harm salmonid fish in these rivers. TUC currently tracks Didymo distributions in Alberta so that it can learn more before determining how to mitigate its negative effects on fish. Fish Rescues are annual conservation projects that take place in southern Alberta irrigation canals. The rescues take place over 10 days in October and help fish trapped in the canals return back to their river homes. Conservation activities reported in 2016 include rescuing 7,500 fish, planting over 3,500 trees to fight climate change and improve air and water quality, and repairing over 30 km of Canada’s streams and rivers. Since establishment, TUC reports reconnecting 1,214 miles of water and saving 880,000 fish.

Trout Unlimited Canada spend $99k (9% of program spending) on education programs in 2016. Yellow Fish Road is TUC’s major education program, designed to reduce water pollution. TUC teaches elementary students how to use storm drains properly and Yellow Fish Road volunteers paint yellow fish symbols with the words ‘rain only’ near storm drains to encourage people to not dump waste down drains. TUC also runs a stream rehabilitation training program that offers workshops in Guelph on best practices in stream ecosystem and watershed rehabilitation. There are six workshops that participants take sequentially to earn a certificate from TUC and the University of Guelph. TUC created a new program called Water Edu-Kits in 2016 that helps teachers and community group leaders with water science education, including the science of water and water pollution. In its 2016 annual report, Trout Unlimited Canada states that it educated over 43,500 people though national education programs and gave 450 presentations, talks and tours that reached 17,350 people. It worked with 150 community partners that engaged over 300 communities across the country.

Trout Unlimited Canada reports that per $1 received from donors, it produces $4 of ‘on the ground change.’ The charity does not disclose whether the value created relates to conservation activities, education activities, or both.

Financial Review:

Trout Unlimited Canada is a medium-sized charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $1.8m in F2016. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues and fundraising costs are 23% of donations and special events fundraising. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.64 goes towards its programs, which falls outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. TUC’s interest-bearing liabilities exceed liquid assets; negative funding reserves reflect $9k in GST receivable less a $270k operating loan. The charity does not have enough funds to cover annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

Ci used the charity’s T3010 CRA filing to determine government funding, program costs and administrative costs for F2015 and F2014. The F2016 T3010 CRA filing was not available at the time of this profile update. Donations, government funding, program costs, administrative costs and overhead ratios may differ significantly from prior years.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Trout Unlimited Canada. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 6, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201620152014
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.0%22.7%22.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 22.8%36.4%28.9%
Program cost coverage (%) (22.7%)(6.4%)2.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
201620152014
Donations 1,091,166651,492513,941
Government funding 0340,863361,193
Fees for service 4033,66233,100
Special events 659,498737,3241,065,796
Other income 4,738101,23917,597
Total revenues 1,755,4421,864,5801,991,627
Program costs 1,152,9981,281,6341,174,795
Administrative costs 228,588424,030437,359
Fundraising costs 398,269504,842456,271
Cash flow from operations (24,413)(345,926)(76,798)
Funding reserves (261,453)(81,752)27,736
Note: Other revenue consists of casino and other income. Ci used government funding figures reported in the charity’s T3010 CRA filings and backed the amounts out of donations for F2015 and F2014. Ci used program costs and administrative costs from the T3010 CRA filings for F2015 and F2014, and backed out amortization from administrative costs. F2016 program costs consist of travel, insurance, conservation, education, and rent expenses. F2016 administrative costs consist of office expenses, professional fees, salaries and other direct costs.

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