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Western Canada Wilderness Committee

46 East 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1J4
Executive Director: Beth Clarke
Board Chair: Kegan Pepper-Smith

Website: www.wildernesscommittee.org
Charitable Reg. #: 11929 3009 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 #26

Avg. Compensation $60,252

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 10
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

About Western Canada Wilderness Committee:

Founded in 1980, Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC) works to protect Canada’s natural environment. WCWC’s mission is to preserve Canada’s variety of plants and animals through research and public education. In F2018, WCWC spent $1,278,015 on its projects and educational work. WCWC has offices in Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia, and over 60,000 supporters, volunteers, and donors across Canada. It has five main campaigns: protecting parks, preserving the wilderness, saving wildlife, fighting climate change, and protecting natural resources.

WCWC calls for the protection and maintenance of provincial parks, working to ensure that the parks will be around for future generations to enjoy. WCWC advocates for the protection of forests, grasslands, and rivers across Canada. By protecting these ecosystems, WCWC hopes to reduce the human effects on the environment. WCWC also campaigns for the creation of animal rights laws, to save animals from losing their homes or being killed for sport.  WCWC raises awareness about the impacts of climate change, working to stop environmentally harmful projects from being built in Canada. Since Canada has such an abundance of natural resources, WCWC aims to ensure that sustainable practices are used when extracting these resources.

Since 1980, WCWC’s work has resulted in millions of hectares of land being protected from industrial development. It has successfully ensured the survival of many endangered animals. WCWC presents its work to 100,000 people per year by hosting lectures, meetings and community events. They also publish and distribute informational newspapers and calendars.

Results and Impact:

After years of opposing liquified natural gas (LNG) projects, WCWC’s campaigns caused a large corporation to cancel its proposed project near Prince Rupert, BC. This resulted in saving salmon habitat in surrounding rivers. In F2018, WCWC’s work resulted in the government’s ban of the grizzly bear hunt in BC. This will save the lives of about 300 bears each year. WCWC’S campaign against the proposed Energy East pipeline resulted in the project being stopped, helping to reduce climate change in the future.

Financial Review:

Western Canada Wilderness Committee is a medium-sized charity with $2.5m in donations in F2018. WCWC’s administrative costs are 11% of revenue and fundraising costs are 27% of donations.  For every dollar donated, 62 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. WCWC has $668k in funding reserves, which will cover program costs for six months.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Western Canada Wilderness Committee for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated June 10, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.  

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending April
201820172016
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.8%12.9%12.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 27.1%22.3%25.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 52.3%26.8%30.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
201820172016
Donations 2,531,9482,271,6981,851,767
Business activities (net) (22,740)10,058(33,957)
Other income 15,23811,86214,754
Total revenues 2,524,4462,293,6181,832,564
Program costs 1,278,6531,507,8521,425,954
Administrative costs 271,866296,711232,171
Fundraising costs 685,301506,452471,373
Cash flow from operations 288,626(17,397)(296,934)
Funding reserves 668,286403,723430,378
Note: WCWC’s audited financial statements were restated in F2016. Ci reported sale of educational materials net of direct expenses in business activities, decreasing total revenue and expenses by $84k in F2018, $41K in F2017, and $77K in F2016.