Nature Conservancy Canada
Toronto, ON M4R 1A1
President & CEO: John Lounds
Board Chair: Bill Caulfeild-Browne
Charitable Reg. #: 11924 6544 RR0001
Grade: A-The 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 #272
Avg. Compensation $62,426
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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About Nature Conservancy Canada:
Founded in 1962, Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) conserves Canada’s most important natural areas and the species they sustain. With national headquarters in Toronto, NCC is the largest land conservation charity in Canada. As of 2016, it has helped conserve over 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres) of land. NCC follows a structured, four-step, science-based conservation process. First, the charity determines areas in greatest need of protection. NCC then acquires this land through purchase, donation or conservation agreement. Following acquisition, NCC develops management plans that ensure the natural area is cared for over the long term. After taking action, NCC continually evaluates the effect of its stewardship actions and makes strategic changes if necessary.
Nature Conservancy of Canada has conservation projects and offices running in all ten provinces of Canada. The charity’s 2016 annual report states that NCC-conserved land provides habitat for 188 species classified as ‘at risk of extinction’ by COSEWIC (the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada).
The Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is one of NCC’s staple programs. The Canadian government launched the five-year program in 2007 and selected NCC to lead the matching funds program. The government renewed the NACP in 2014 for another five years, providing NCC with an additional $100 million in funding. NCC conserved 15,991 hectares of land though 95 projects in 2016, bringing total land conserved to 419,240 hectares. The charity states that 98% of conserved land falls within an NCC priority natural area. 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 priority lands for conservation, evaluate threats to biodiversity, and measure the effectiveness of conservation strategies as part of its science-based conservation process. NCC reports giving 70 scientific presentations and completing 52 research projects in 2016.
Nature Conservancy of Canada 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 2,866 Canadians participated in the program in 2016. Its Conservation Intern Program, which teaches students and recent graduates about conservation planning and stewardship, hired 37 students in 2016.
With total cash donations of $62.8m in F2016, Nature Conservancy of Canada is a Major 100, meaning that it is one of Canada’s 100 largest charities in terms of donations. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 9% of donations (cash and non-cash). Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.81 goes towards its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. NCC’s net funding reserves total $118.7m, of which $66.2m are donor-endowed. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover 55% of annual program costs.
NCC reports using external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In F2016, NCC paid external fundraisers $148k that raised $76k (less than 1% of total cash donations). This means that per dollar donated through external fundraisers on behalf of NCC, the charity paid $1.93.
The charity changed its fiscal year-end in F2014, making F2014 figures based on 11 months. Ci adjusted the F2014 program cost coverage ratio to be based on 12 months of programming.
Goods in kind donations represent land and conservation agreements donated to NCC. Ci included donated land and conservation agreements in program costs to provide a more accurate representation of operating cash flows. Ci also included donated land and conservation agreements when calculating NCC’s fundraising cost ratio.
This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Nature Conservancy of Canada. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on June 27, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending May
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||9.4%||11.9%||8.5%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||9.2%||12.4%||8.2%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||120.8%||204.8%||99.4%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Goods in kind||25,688||9,538||21,056|
|Business activities (net)||500||5||11|
|Cash flow from operations||(22,782)||4,666||(7,179)|