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Earth Rangers Foundation

9520 Pine Valley Drive
Woodbridge, ON L4H 2Z6
President: Peter Kendall
Board Chair: Elizabeth Schad

Website: www.earthrangers.org
Charitable Reg. #: 89220 0528 RR0001
Sector: Animal Welfare
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 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¢
2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #46

Avg. Compensation $55,587

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 3
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 3
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Earth Rangers Foundation:

Founded in 2000, Earth Rangers Foundation’s (Earth Rangers) mission is to create a generation of conservationists. Earth Rangers teaches children about the environment, encourages them to be hopeful about the future, and gives them the confidence to act. It aims to mobilize children towards protecting animals and improving the environment, ultimately protecting biodiversity.

Earth Rangers' School Outreach program delivers 45-minute school assemblies for children in grades 1 to 6. The program teaches students the importance of protecting biodiversity and highlights conservation initiatives in Canada. The School Outreach program also makes classroom visits that provide hands-on learning on various environmental topics to students in grades 3 to 6. In 2017, Earth Rangers held school assemblies in 873 schools, reaching 252,277 students. Schools in its School Outreach program included 107 French-language schools and 27 Indigenous schools.

The Earth Rangers Foundation’s Membership program requires that children sign up to become an Earth Ranger. The charity then provides its members with activities, communications, and conservation projects. Earth Rangers’ Missions program provides short-term assignments for its members, which are designed to keep children and their families engaged throughout the year. Earth Rangers reports that it gained 26,000 new members in 2017, increasing its total memberships to over 175,000. Its members accepted 61,171 environmental Missions in 2017, such as recycling batteries, organizing shoreline clean-ups, and planting pollinator gardens.

Each year, Earth Rangers’ Bring Back the Wild program teaches its members the importance of protecting animals and empowers them to start a fundraising campaign for the animals.

Results and Impact: Earth Rangers surveyed 100 schools and found that 63% strongly agree that the Earth Rangers school assembly program is relevant to the school curriculum and 87% strongly agree that the assemblies effectively build conservation awareness. A survey conducted in partnership with Ipsos Canada revealed that 89% of Earth Rangers’ members believe that if they work hard, they can protect animals from extinction, compared to 57% of non members. Earth Ranger members were also found to engage more in environmental activities, with 60% recycling batteries, compared to 39% for non members. The charity reports its Bring Back the Wild Program has resulted in the protection of 33 different species.

Financial Review:

Earth Rangers Foundation is a medium-sized charity, with donations of $3.9m in 2017. Its administrative and fundraising costs are 24% of revenues. Administrative and fundraising costs are not broken out in Earth Rangers’ financial statements but are provided in its CRA filings. The 2017 filings were not available at the time this report was written, so Ci reported combined administrative and fundraising costs. For every dollar donated to the charity, 76 cents go to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity’s funding reserves of $2.1m result in a program cost coverage ratio of 59%. This ratio means that funding reserves can cover just over 7 months of annual programs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Earth Rangers Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 10, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201720162015
Administrative costs as % of revenues 0.0%14.6%13.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%11.9%10.2%
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 23.9%0.0%0.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 59.2%51.1%42.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201720162015
Donations 3,8513,9653,809
Government funding 1,2911,3941,407
Investment income 1162
Other income 261268319
Total revenues 5,4155,6335,537
Program costs 3,4143,4343,367
Grants 85130114
Administrative costs 0819747
Fundraising costs 0473388
Fundraising & administrative costs 1,28900
Cash flow from operations 626777921
Funding reserves 2,0701,8201,470
Note: Ci has used the administration and fundraising costs reported in the charity’s T3010 filing in this report. F2017 figures were not available the time this report was written so administrative and fundraising costs were reported together. Ci has excluded amortization of deferred capital contributions, reducting revenues by $1.1m in F2017, $1.1m in F2016, and $1.0m in F2015. To report on a cash basis, Ci included externally-restricted donations received and subtracted deferred contributions recognized as donations revenues, increasing revenues by $562k in F2017, $730k in F2016, and $829k in F2015.

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