Ducks Unlimited Canada
Stonewall, MB R0C 2Z0
CEO: Karla Guyn
Board Chair: Malcolm M. Dunfield
Charitable Reg. #: 11888 8957 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 #348
Avg. Compensation $87,455
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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|$250k - $300k||0|
|$200k - $250k||1|
|$160k - $200k||4|
|$120k - $160k||5|
|$80k - $120k||0|
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About Ducks Unlimited Canada:
Founded in 1938, Ducks Unlimited Canada (Ducks) is the largest Canadian charity that focuses on habitat protection. Its mission is to “conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl.” Ducks reports that up to 70% of wetlands have been lost in settled areas of Canada, and that up to 80 acres of wetlands disappear each day. Ducks is able to use its significant funding reserves and large donor base to acquire large acreages of wetlands, which can then serve as waterfowl habitat. Ducks is affiliated with the US-based Ducks Unlimited, with the two charities collaborating on some projects. In Canada, Ducks states it has preserved 6.4 million acres and completed 9,896 habitat conservation projects.
Through its Revolving Land Conservation Program, Ducks purchases property, restores wetlands and grasslands, and places a conservation easement on the title before the land is sold back into the agricultural community. The proceeds from land sales are then used to fund other land projects. In F2016, Ducks purchased 15 properties covering 6,872 acres, and transitioned 21 properties covering 6,066 acres. Its main conservation regions in Canada are the Pacific Interior, Great Lakes (St. Lawrence), Atlantic, Prairie Pothole Region, Canada’s Boreal, and Pacific Coast.
The majority of Ducks' program spending is allocated towards habitat conservation (74% in F2016) with the rest directed to its Revolving Land Program (12%), research (5%) and education and public policy (9%).
Ducks Unlimited Canada is a Major 100 charity, with donations of $29m in F2016. Its administrative costs are 6% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 49% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 45 cents is put towards its programs, falling well below Ci’s reasonable range. The charity’s funding reserves of $138.8m result in a program cost coverage ratio of 245%. This means that it can cover 2.5 years of its annual programs using its existing reserves.
This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Ducks Unlimited Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on August 5, 2016 by Lynn Tay.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending March
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||6.4%||7.3%||6.0%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||48.9%||53.8%||49.5%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||245.4%||287.6%||316.3%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Fees for service||14,492||10,910||15,787|
|Cash flow from operations||14,326||22,162||33,108|