Western Canada Wilderness Committee

46 East 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1J4
Campaign Director: Joe Foy
Board Chair: Shannon Daub

Website: www.wildernesscommittee.org
Charitable Reg. #: 11929 3009 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

Cents to The Cause

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #23

Avg. Compensation $42,352

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 F2016

About Western Canada Wilderness Committee:

Founded in 1980, Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC) is a grassroots charity working to preserve British Columbia’s environment.  The charity’s mission is to protect Canada’s biological diversity through strategic research and public education. Volunteers play an important role: the charity has over 60,000 members, donors and volunteers. In F2016, project and education spending made up 84% of program costs – membership costs accounted for the remaining 16%. WCWC has 25 active campaigns falling into one of five priority program areas: preserving wilderness, protecting wildlife, defending parks and public land, protecting public resources, and fighting climate change.

Major successes during the year include the following:

Preserving Wilderness: In December 2015, WCWC helped secure permanent protection of 30,000 hectares of wild, natural areas in Manitoba. This area represents land that WCWC identified as needing conservation protection through its Manitoba Conservation Hotspots campaign. The charity also reports protecting six wetlands Ecological Reserves during the year. 

Protecting Wildlife: In June 2015, WCWC’s work in improving habitat protection of sage-grouse proved successful when the male geese count increased 233% from 2014 in Saskatchewan and 150% from 2014 in Alberta. This is the highest growth rate for both provinces in at least 20 years. The greater sage-grouse population is endangered in Canada.

Protecting Public Resources: In April 2016, the BC Environmental Assessment Office announced its decision to terminate the proposed Raven Coal Mine on Vancouver Island. WCWC fought against the project proposal for six years due to the risks to local water quality, ecosystems, public safety, climate and local business sustainability.

Western Canada Wilderness Committee also reports that since 1980, its Public Education activities included distribution of over 188 editions of free educational newspapers (over 13 million copies) and 43 calendars, books, posters, videos, research reports and maps. The charity reports reaching over 100,000 people annually through its speaking events. Overall, through canvassing, educational publications, rallies, events and media activities, WCWC reports reaching over 12 million people annually.

Financial Review:

Western Canada Wilderness Committee is a medium-sized charity with total donations of $1.9m in F2016. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.62 goes towards its programs, which falls outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity’s funding reserves of $430k can cover only 30% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Western Canada Wilderness Committee. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 1, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending April
201620152014
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.7%10.4%12.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.5%16.5%13.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 30.2%51.7%51.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
201620152014
Donations 1,851,7671,975,2811,716,616
Business activities (net) (33,957)(39,106)(32,190)
Other income 14,75417,7920
Total revenues 1,832,5641,953,9671,684,426
Program costs 1,425,9541,329,2601,253,938
Administrative costs 232,171203,957217,563
Fundraising costs 471,373325,274226,471
Cash flow from operations (296,934)95,476(13,546)
Funding reserves 430,378687,753648,327
Note: WCWC’s audited financial statements were restated in F2016. F2015 figures are from the F2016 audited financials and F2014 figures are from the F2015 audited financials. Sales of educational materials revenues are reported net of direct expenses in business activities, decreasing revenues and expenses by $77k in F2016, $88k in F2015 and $92k in F2014.

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