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Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

344 Bloor Street West, Suite 204
Toronto, ON M5S 3A7
President: Justina Ray
Board Chair: Susan Lieberman

Website: www.wcscanada.org
Charitable Reg. #: 85425 5882 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

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]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2016 2017 2018
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #22

Avg. Compensation $82,923

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

About Wildlife Conservation Society Canada:

Founded in 2004, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada is the Canadian branch of Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates in over 60 countries. WCS Canada uses scientific research and policy action to help protect wildlife across Canada in areas like the far north of Ontario, the Northern Boreal Mountains of BC and Yukon, and the Arctic Ocean. WCS Canada focuses its research and actions on species such as caribou, wolverines, bats, bison, freshwater fish, and marine animals.

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada reports that its research and actions have led to many conservation successes. These include an expansion of the Nahanni National Park, protection of Yukon’s Peel Watershed, and the creation of Castle Wildland Park in southern Alberta. In Ontario, WCS Canada says it has inspired the provincial government to commit to protection of the far north and to revise endangered species legislation. At the federal level, WCS Canada reports influencing the government’s commitment to reform the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Financial Review:

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada is a ­­­­medium-sized charity, with total donations of $3.2m in F2018. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues and fundraising costs are 4% of donations. For every dollar donated, 84 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $2.4m can cover nine months of annual program costs.

­This charity report is an update that has been sent to Wildlife Conservation Society Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 13, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
201820172016
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.5%11.6%10.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.6%1.2%1.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 75.1%79.8%74.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
201820172016
Donations 3,202,2593,105,9963,555,921
Government funding 310,030229,641195,578
Total revenues 3,512,2893,335,6373,751,499
Program costs 3,171,7502,823,9892,931,344
Administrative costs 439,998386,843399,747
Fundraising costs 114,26535,65537,516
Other costs 07,31134,115
Cash flow from operations (213,724)81,839348,777
Funding reserves 2,382,0872,253,5742,175,407
Note: Ci used fundraising allocations from the charity's T3010 CRA filing as the charity did not report fundraising costs separately from administration costs on its audited financial statements.

Comments added by the Charity:

Funding Reserve: WCS Canada does not use deferred revenue but rather runs a fund balance from year to year. The presentation of our annual audited financial statements provides a breakdown of the annual funding reserves into restricted and unrestricted funds. Restricted funds are those that have been granted for a particular program, project or activity and are time limited. They include multi-year grants and one year grants that span multiple fiscal years. At the end of fiscal 2012, restricted funds were $1,017,264 and unrestricted $165,412.

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