Alberta Conservation Association

101-9 Chippewa Road
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 6J7
President & CEO: Todd Zimmerling
Board Chair: Bill Abercrombie

Charitable Reg. #:88994 6141 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 93 cents are available for programs.

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About Alberta Conservation Association:

Founded in 1997, the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) protects fish and wildlife for Albertans to enjoy. According to ACA, Alberta’s rising population poses a threat to the province’s native habitat. The charity reports that as of 2019, Alberta’s population was over 4.4 million and 62% of the province had been altered by industrial or agricultural development. The charity focuses its efforts on three main areas: wildlife, fish, and land.

In F2020, ACA allocated 47% of total program spending to enhancing wildlife. The charity partners with ranches and farms to mitigate the effects of working operations on wildlife habitats, tracks the location and population of animals, and restores water quality by improving wildlife habitat along the shores of waterbodies. In F2020, ACA secured 100,000 acres of new ranching partnerships and raised 4,687 hens. The charity also released 28,610 pheasants and 760 roasters in Alberta to increase hunting opportunities.

ACA spent 28% of program spending on fisheries in F2020. Through the fisheries program, ACA conserves and manages fish species populations and habitats in Alberta. The charity focuses on increasing the populations of vulnerable species and improving opportunities for recreational harvest. In F2020, ACA stocked 61 waterbodies with 95,995 rainbow trout, 6,760 brook trout, and 2,500 brown trout. The charity also surveyed 24 rivers/creeks, 25 lakes, and 11 ponds to gather information on the fish population.

In F2020, ACA allocated 25% of total program spending to land management. The land management program works to restore damaged habitats and protect healthy ones. ACA’s goal is to ensure that all animals have a healthy habitat to live in. In F2020, ACA inspected 181 conservation sites and completed repairs on 60 sites. In total, the charity spent over 12,500 hours on management, enhancement, and maintenance of conservation sites in F2020.

In F2020, ACA reported $1.5m in grants; however, its T3010 filing reported only $934k granted to qualified donees. The charity grants money to support conservation activities that will increase the health of wildlife and fish populations. ACA also funds research projects on wildlife management and graduate students studying biodiversity.

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Results and Impact

In F2020, ACA published two reports on wildlife and three reports on fisheries. Through its wildlife program, ACA improved 5km of shoreline habitat by reducing the overgrowth of vegetation that destroys the piping plover's habitat. In F2020, ACA’s land management program added three new conservation sites, totalling 599 acres.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Alberta Conservation Association’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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In F2020, Alberta Conservation Association had total donations of $601k. Government funding represented 96% of total revenues in F2020. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (less investment income) and the charity did not report any fundraising costs in F2020. This results in total overhead spending of 7%. For every dollar donated, 93 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

ACA has $6.0m in funding reserves, once $20k in debt is accounted for. The charity could cover 44% or five months of annual program costs with reserves.

Charity Intelligence sent an update of this report to Alberta Conservation Association for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 19, 2021 by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.0%8.1%6.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 7.0%8.1%6.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 43.6%37.1%39.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 601637438
Government funding 14,67314,52815,841
Business activities (net) 003
Investment income (304)254272
Other income 272336170
Total revenues 15,24215,75516,724
Program costs 12,31512,10012,042
Grants 1,5252,9051,736
Administrative costs 1,0811,2481,106
Fundraising costs 000
Other costs 7127120
Total spending 14,92816,38115,005
Cash flow from operations 314(625)1,720
Capital spending 39543784
Funding reserves 6,0385,5735,418

Note:  Ci included both realized and unrealized gains and losses on investments in revenues, affecting total revenues by ($327k) in F2020, $240k in F2019, and $21k in F2018. Ci excluded bad debts from expenses, decreasing total expenses by $nil in F2020, $41 in F2019 and $9k in F2018. Ci reported administrative costs from the charity's T3010 filings with the CRA. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 76

Avg. compensation: $91,531

Top 10 staff salary range:

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$40k - $80k
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Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001