Canadian Wildlife Federation

250 Michael Cowpland Drive
Kanata, ON K2M 2W1
Executive Director: Luba Mycio-Mommers
CEO: Rick Bates

Charitable Reg. #: 10686 8755 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 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

Full-time staff #62

Avg. Compensation $73,274

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 7
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Canadian Wildlife Federation:

Founded in 1962, the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) works to conserve Canadian wildlife and land for Canadians to enjoy in the future. The charity’s programs are designed around three main strategies: connecting Canadians to nature, maintaining healthy wildlife populations, and conserving and restoring the environment.


The Canadian Wildlife Federation runs nine education programs that connect Canadians with the environment. The WILD Migrations map – one of CWF’s education programs – provides a visual map of all species at risk of endangerment in Canada. CWF’s annual report states that the WILD Migrations program educated 12,842 students on at-risk species and their migratory patterns in 2014-2015.


In 2014, CWF’s advocacy program successfully moved three bat species onto the Species at Risk Act (SARA), increasing the level of protection on the species. The charity’s Help the Bats Campaign had been fighting for bat protection throughout 2013.


The Canadian Wildlife Federation also runs conservation programs that use science to restore Canadian habitats and wildlife. The charity divides its conservation programming into three areas of focus: wildlife & habitat, freshwater & marine, and endangered species. This past year the CWF Endangered Species program located three species populations on the Canadian Species at Risk Act (SARA). Locating these populations makes it easier to provide proper protection. CWF’s annual report discussed its Love Your Lake program – a stewardship program for freshwater conservation. The charity collaborated with Watersheds Canada to develop Love Your Lake back in 2013. It is now a successful shoreline stewardship program active across Ontario. CWF assessed over 5100 shorelines in 2014-2015 and provided resources to help property owners improve the health of their lands after assessment.

Financial Review:

The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a big-cap charity with annual donations totaling $12.5m in F2015. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 32% of donations: the charity allocates $0.39 of every donated Canadian dollar to overhead. This falls just within Ci’s reasonable range. It is important to note that the charity capitalizes a portion of its fundraising expenses. The Canadian Wildlife Federation holds $9.1m in funding reserves, of which 2% are donor endowed. With funding reserves covering only 72% of annual program costs, there is a need for donations.


This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.


Updated on June 7, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.




Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending February
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.7%9.6%8.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 31.6%32.2%30.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 72.4%82.2%78.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 12,52711,74513,173
Goods in kind 3,4496991,178
Government funding 653582557
Fees for service 1,5411,0171,149
Investment income 90159106
Other income 271231107
Total revenues 18,53114,43316,270
Program costs 12,6179,88711,301
Administrative costs 1,4201,3651,398
Fundraising costs 3,9623,7793,975
Cash flow from operations 532(598)(404)
Funding reserves 9,1318,1238,852
Note: Environment Canada contributions are removed from program revenue and added to government funding, reducing fees for service by $115k in F2015, $200k in 2014 and $180k in F2013. Government grant figures gathered from the T3010 CRA filing are removed from donations revenue, reducing total donations by $538k in F2015, $382k in F2014 and $377k in F2013.

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