Canadian Wildlife Federation
Kanata, ON K2M 2W1
Executive Director: Rick Bates
Board President: John Ford
Charitable Reg. #: 10686 8755 RR0001
Grade: BThe 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 #66
Avg. Compensation $68,060
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About Canadian Wildlife Federation:
Founded in 1962, Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) works to conserve and inspire conservation of Canadian wildlife and land for future generations to enjoy. Its programs include conservation and education. CWF designed its programs around three main strategies: connecting Canadians to nature, maintaining healthy wildlife populations, and conserving and restoring the environment. CWF reports that it engaged over 639,000 people and reached over 2.9 million people in 2016.
Canadian Wildlife Federation’s conservation programs use science to restore Canadian habitats and wildlife. The charity divides its conservation programming into four focus areas: endangered species & biodiversity, lakes & rivers, coasts & oceans, and forests & fields. Often shoreline property owners do not realize that their actions negatively affect the health of shorelines and lakes. In F2017, CWF assessed over 11,850 shorelines on 50 lakes and provided owners with ways to reduce their impact. The Saving Turtles At Risk Today (START) Muskoka Turtle Project aims to protect the eight species of freshwater turtles in Canada with unstable populations. In 2017, START helped release over 3,500 turtle hatchlings back into the wild.
Canadian Wildlife Federation runs education programs that connect Canadians with the environment. WILD Migrations provides a visual map of all species at risk of endangerment in Canada. In F2017, through this program, CWF educated 44,220 kids on at-risk species and their migratory patterns. The WILD Family Nature Club offers outdoor activities for kids and training for adults who want to get their kids more involved with nature. In F2017, 13,600 people participated. In F2017, CWF awarded eight Canadians for conservation achievements. CWF also states in its F2017 annual report that it trained over 1,200 educators in wild education during the year.
Results and Impact: Canadian Wildlife Federation’s BioBlitz Canada 150 event invited Canadians to track and record wildlife alongside conservationists and specialists. There were 39,759 observations recorded, of which 556 documented species at risk. Species observed were also categorized: 2,631 vascular plant species, 2,629 insect species, 151 fish species, 99 mammal species, 42 reptile species, and 34 amphibian species. CWF’s Endangered Species Fund, which supports conservation research for species at risk, has published 72 scientific papers since 2009.
Charity Intelligence consolidated CWF with its associated Foundation in the following financial analysis. Transfers between the two charities are not reported as revenues or expenses.
Canadian Wildlife Federation is a Large charity with total donations of $15.5m in F2017. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 32% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, 59 cents go to the cause, which falls outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Ci notes that the charity capitalizes a portion of its fundraising costs. CWF’s funding reserves of $11.0m include a $200k endowment fund held by CWF and a $237k endowment fund held by the Foundation. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover 90% of annual program costs.
This charity report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Wildlife Federation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on June 4, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending February
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||8.2%||7.7%||7.8%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||32.5%||35.9%||33.9%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||88.5%||85.8%||74.8%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Goods in kind||2,381||2,282||3,449|
|Fees for service||901||1,107||1,118|
|Cash flow from operations||1,143||754||671|