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The Nature Trust of British Columbia

Suite 500 - 888 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3C4
CEO: Dr. Jasper Lament
Board Chair: Ron Anderson

Website: www.naturetrust.bc.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 10808 9863 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 available only upon request [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

donor
endowed
Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #12

Avg. Compensation $92,996

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 F2016

About The Nature Trust of British Columbia:

Established in 1971, The Nature Trust of British Columbia (The Nature Trust) is the oldest and largest provincial land conservation charity in BC. It acquires ecologically significant land through purchases, donations, covenant and leases. The charity then cares for the acquired land to protect the natural diversity of wildlife and plants, and their critical habitats. Nature Trust is a non-advocacy group that seeks a balance between sustaining the environment and sustaining the economy.

The Nature Trust reports that British Columbia is the most biologically diverse province in Canada. It estimates there are more than 50,000 species in the province and some of the world’s largest populations of species are found in BC, many of which are at risk. The charity recognizes biodiversity is not only important for a functional environment, but the economy relies on biodiversity as well since it provides renewable economic resources and ecosystem services.

In F2017, The Nature Trust spent $3.0m (70% of program costs) on acquiring 6 new conservation lands in BC.  The added conservation properties include White Lake Basin Biodiversity Ranch Turtle Pond (0.3 acres), Northey Lake Phase III (4.7 acres), Lardeau-Duncan Meadow Creek South (77.7 acres), Skaha Lake Eastside Lot C (87.5 acres), and Bull River Grassland Corridor (167.4 acres).

The Nature Trust spent a total of $1.3m (30% of program costs) on land management in F2017. It works in partnership with other conservation organizations and various levels of government to conserve functioning ecosystems and ecological processes. Each summer, The Nature Trust hires students and youth to join its Conservation Youth Crews. The crews are based on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, the Okanagan, and the Kootenays, and supervised by regional Conservation Land Managers. In F2017, 14 youth were hired.

Results and Impact: Since founding, The Nature Trust has invested more than $96 million to secure, conserve and protect over 70,000 hectares (175,000 acres) of land in British Columbia.

Financial Review:

The Nature Trust of BC’s audited financial statements do not report cost allocations for fundraising and administration. Charity Intelligence has taken this important information from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. The F2017 annual filing was not yet posted when this report was updated. Ideally the charity’s auditors, Dale Matheson Carr-Hilton Labonte LLP, would report this information in its audited financial statements. Without this additional information, The Nature Trust’s overhead spending and program cost coverage may be misrepresented for F2017.

The Nature Trust of BC is a Large charity with donations of $5.5m in F2017, 57% of which was used to acquire new properties. The charity received $11.0m in funding to purchase new property in F2016, which resulted in a significantly higher total revenue than usual. The Nature Trust also received $1.8m in investment income in F2017. Charity Intelligence used the operating expenses reported in the charity’s audited financial statements for its overhead in F2017. Fundraising and administrative costs are 22% of revenues. For every dollar donated to the charity, $0.78 goes towards its programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The Nature Trust has total funding reserves of $26.1m, which include $4.5m of donor-endowed funds. Excluding the donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover annual program costs for more than 5 years. This does not indicate a need for donations.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to The Nature Trust of British Columbia for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 27, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201720162015
Administrative costs as % of revenues 0.0%5.3%12.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%3.5%9.4%
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 21.8%8.7%20.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 612.0%185.2%1,226.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201720162015
Donations 5,54311,7714,563
Business activities (net) 527485459
Investment income 1,7931,6401,102
Total revenues 7,86313,8956,124
Program costs 4,26412,6031,931
Administrative costs 0653620
Fundraising costs 0417430
Fundraising & administrative costs 1,32600
Cash flow from operations 2,2742233,142
Funding reserves 26,09423,34323,695
Note: Ci reports on a cash basis and thus adjusted for deferred donations, affecting total revenues by $294k in F2017, ($1.5m) in F2016 and $2.3m in F2015. Ci included change in fair value of investments in investment income, increasing total revenue by $644k in F2017, $879k in F2016 and $182k in F2015. Ci included value of purchased land in program costs, increasing total expenses by $3.0m in F2017, $11.1m in F2016 and $509k in F2015.

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