Nature Conservancy Canada
Toronto, ON M4P 3J1
President & CEO: John Lounds
Board Chair: Bruce MacLellan
Charitable Reg. #: 11924 6544 RR0001
Grade: AThe grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Full-time staff #260
Avg. Compensation $72,305
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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About Nature Conservancy Canada:
Founded in 1962, Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) partners with individuals, corporations, and governments at all levels to protect Canada’s plants and wildlife. With its national headquarters in Toronto, NCC is the largest land conservation charity in Canada. As of 2018, it has helped conserve 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) of land across the country. NCC has conservation projects and offices running in each of the ten provinces across Canada.
NCC follows a structured, four-step, science-based conservation process. First, the charity determines areas in greatest need of protection. NCC then acquires land within the areas of greatest need through purchase, donation, or conservation agreement. Following acquisition, NCC develops management plans that ensure the natural area is cared for over the long term. Finally, NCC continually evaluates the effect of its stewardship actions and makes strategic changes if necessary.
The Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is one of NCC’s largest programs. NACP is a partnership with the Canadian government aimed to accelerate the rate of private land conservation in southern Canada. Since the launch of the program in 2007, the federal government has invested $300 million towards conserving more than 1 million acres (430,000 hectares) of land. This investment has been matched with more than $580m in contributions of donated land and funding from provincial governments, the private sector and individuals. NCC aims to conserve $1 billion worth of ecologically-significant land through this program by 2020.
NCC’s Conservation Research program helps the charity identify conservation priorities, evaluate threats to biodiversity and measure the effectiveness of current conservation strategies. NCC reports giving 43 scientific presentations and completing 53 research projects in 2017.
NCC also runs a Conservation Volunteer program that engages Canadians in conservation activities. Volunteers get hands-on experience in activities such as restoring damaged environments and removing invasive species. The charity reports that 2,472 Canadians participated in the program in 2017. Its Conservation Intern Program, which teaches students about conservation planning and stewardship, hired 62 students in 2017.
Results and Impact: The charity’s 2017 Annual Report states that NCC-conserved land provides habitat for 195 species classified as ‘at risk of extinction’ by COSEWIC (the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada). NCC secured 22,186 acres of new land in 2017, with 99.5% being within an NCC Natural Area. The charity’s volunteers in Alberta removed or improved over 10km of fence to reduce barriers to wildlife movement.
Nature Conservancy of Canada is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities, receiving total cash donations of $79.9m in F2017. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 10% of donations (including donated land). Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.80 goes towards its programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. NCC’s net funding reserves total $155.3m, of which $76.1m are donor-endowed. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover 1.5 years of annual program costs.
NCC reports using external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In F2017, NCC paid external fundraisers $190k that raised $125k. For every dollar NCC raised from external fundraisers, it paid $1.53 to the third party. This is an improvement from F2016. The charity has reported that external fundraisers were used to upgrade single gift donors to monthly contributors.
This charity report is an update that has been sent to Nature Conservancy of Canada for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on June 6, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending May
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||10.0%||9.8%||12.1%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||10.4%||9.6%||12.7%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||281.2%||163.5%||245.3%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Goods in kind||8,567||25,688||9,538|
|Business activities (net)||1,004||500||5|
|Cash flow from operations||38,277||(1,534)||14,497|