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Nature Trust of British Columbia

#260–1000 Roosevelt Crescent
North Vancouver, BC V7P 3R4
Board Chair: Dr. Peter Arcese
CEO: Dr. Jasper Lament

Charitable Reg. #: 10808 9863 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: C+

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 available only upon request [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #12

Avg. Compensation $85,276

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Nature Trust of British Columbia:

Established in 1971, Nature Trust of British Columbia is a land conservation charity based in BC.  The charity acquires ecologically significant land through purchases, donations, covenant and leases. Then, the charity cares for the acquired land in order to protect the natural diversity of wildlife and plants, and their critical habitats.  Nature Trust BC has invested more than $80 million to secure more than 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres)  of critical habitat throughout British Columbia.  The charity reports that  British Columbia is the most biologically diverse province in Canada. Over 70% of all Canada’s plants and animals live in the province of BC. Over 1,300 animal and plant species in BC are identified as endangered or threatened.

Nature Trust BC  spent a total of $738k on land management: $123k province-wide, $193k in Kootenay, $262k in  Okanagan, $62k  in North and Central, $61k in Lower Mainland, and $37k on Vancouver Island. 

Financial Review:

Nature Trust BC spent 22% of revenues on administrative costs in F2015. The charity did not report fundraising costs separately in its audited financial statements; however, based on T3010 filings, fundraising costs are estimated at 20% of donations for F2015. The charity has funding reserves of $23.7m, including $4.1m of donor-endowed funds. The total funding reserve can cover annual programs for 12.6 years, or 12 years excluding donor-endowed funds.

Analysis updated by Ruoxi Gao in 2016, currently under review by Nature Trust of British Columbia.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 21.7%13.2%13.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.0%10.2%16.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 991.1%591.2%1,207.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,2684,0582,854
Business activities (net) 459506489
Investment income 1,1021,9792,310
Total revenues 3,8296,5425,653
Program costs 2,3913,4731,511
Administrative costs 591601458
Fundraising costs 0414480
Cash flow from operations 8472,0543,204
Funding reserves 23,69520,53318,237
Note: Ci included change in fair value of investments in investment income, raising total revenue by $920k in F2015, $858k in F2014, and $698k in F2013. The charity's T3010 filing could not be reconciled with its audited financial statements, and so Ci did not use the fundraising costs on CRA's T3010. The charity's F2015 T3010 filing was not posted on the CRA's website when this profile was created and compensation information is based on the charity's F2014 T3010 filing.  

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