Ducks Unlimited Canada

PO Box 1160
Stonewall, MB R0C 2Z0
CEO: Larry Kaumeyer
Board Chair: David Blom

Charitable Reg. #:11888 8957 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

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Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 48 cents are available for programs.

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About Ducks Unlimited Canada:

Founded in 1938, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) works to “conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and other habitats for North America’s waterfowl.” DUC says that wetlands are one of the most important ecosystems on the planet, but up to 70 per cent of wetlands have been lost in settled areas of Canada. Ducks Unlimited Canada is affiliated with the US-based Ducks Unlimited, and the two charities collaborate on some projects. In Canada, Ducks states it has influenced 177.2 million acres of land, conserved 6.4 million acres and completed 11,023 habitat conservation projects since 1938.

Ducks Unlimited Canada’s spending on conservation programs includes habitat conservation (80% in F2019), revolving land (8%), research and education (5%), education and communications (4%), and industry and government relations (3%). DUC’s habitat conservation projects include work with wetlands, grasslands, water, waterfowl, wildlife, and Canada’s Boreal. DUC reports that its Canadian conservation community of donors, landowners, students and teachers, and fundraising attendees stands at 121,657 members.

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Results and Impact

Ducks Unlimited Canada reports that it secures important at-risk wetlands, restores those that have been damaged and drained, and manages the areas under its care. DUC conserved a total of 98,766 acres of habitat and positively influenced 56.2 million acres of habitat across Canada in F2019.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Ducks Unlimited Canada’s results and impact.

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Ducks Unlimited Canada is a Major 100 charity, with donations of $19.1m in F2019. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 45% of donations. Ducks Unlimited's overhead spending is 52%. For every dollar donated, 48 cents go to the cause. This is not within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Ducks Unlimited has funding reserves of $178.6m, which can cover 2.7 years of program costs at the F2019 level.

Charity Intelligence has discussed this report with Ducks Unlimited Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Profile updated on August 20, 2019 by Lauren Chin and September 23, 2019 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.3%7.9%8.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 45.1%39.3%47.5%
Total overhead spending 52.5%47.2%55.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 273.2%290.3%258.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 19,06023,43623,097
Government funding 9,07114,53014,072
Fees for service 14,92213,47815,701
Investment income 13,4217,38215,986
Other income 39,04241,34238,523
Total revenues 95,516100,168107,379
Program costs 65,36260,92858,816
Administrative costs 6,0047,3137,457
Fundraising costs 12,07912,11912,405
Total spending 83,44480,36078,678
Cash flow from operations 12,07219,80828,701
Capital spending 830424473
Funding reserves 178,581176,876151,884

Note: Ci has adjusted non-cash pension and post-employment benefit expense and depreciation and amortization affecting expenses by ($3.2m) in F2019, ($4.0m) in F2018, and ($6.1m) in F2016. Fundraising cost ratios include amounts received from Ducks Unlimited Inc., which is an American charity, of $7.7m in F2019, $7.4m in F2018, and $3.0m in F2017. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 329

Avg. compensation: $94,867

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is proud to be one of the country’s largest and longest-standing conservation charities in the country. Our 82-year history, coupled with our ability to positively impact the landscape through conservation programs and partnerships, has helped safeguard some of the country’s most significant natural habitats. We believe that what’s good for the environment can also be good for the economy, focusing our efforts on enhancing the sustainability of Canada’s working landscapes.  

Every dollar that donors entrust to us is a gift. Investing it wisely is a responsibility we take seriously. That’s why we strive to invest 80 per cent of our expenditures in habitat conservation annually. In the 2020 fiscal year, DUC invested 82 per cent in habitat conservation.  

DUC’s fundraising efforts are largely carried out through special events including dinners and auctions, which are organized by volunteers in communities across the country. By its nature, this fundraising model contains overhead costs that impact the efficiency ratio. However, the personal relationships and brand profile generated through this model are critically important to advancing DUC’s conservation work. The “Cents to the Cause” calculation, as shown on this profile page, only takes into account our fundraising operations. It does not reflect the overall efficiency of DUC’s business operations.

Looking ahead, as the country begins its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, DUC remains steadfast and focused on delivering important conservation initiatives that will not only contribute to our mission, but will help Canada build back, better. Our work for ducks creates a swell of significant benefits that flow to all Canadians. They include clean air and clean water; lush green landscapes and lucrative green jobs; natural infrastructure projects that safeguard our communities; and sustainable practices that empower industries, developers and agricultural producers.

Conserving the habitat that keeps ducks flying strong supports the environment and the economy in real and powerful ways. Learn more at

Comment provided by Ducks Unlimited, September 22, 2020

Charity Contact

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001