Alberta Conservation Association

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

Charitable Reg. #: 88994 6141 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: A

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

Cents to the Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #59

Avg. Compensation $99,139

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 1
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 2
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Alberta Conservation Association:

Founded in 1997, the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) conserves wilderness and wildlife in Alberta. The charity runs conservation programs, grant programs and educational programs for the public. ACA’s conservation program made up 64% of program costs in 2015 and focuses on three areas: fisheries, land management and wildlife.

Included in Alberta Conservation Association’s Fisheries program is the Lake Aeration project, which uses water aeration techniques to improve the living conditions in waterbodies prone to fish kills. In 2015, ACA aerated and successfully prevented fish kills in 15 waterbodies. The Enhanced Fish Stocking Project is another part of ACA’s Fisheries program. It creates fishing opportunities for anglers in regions where angling is not normally available. ACA stocked 115,150 rainbow trout in 61 waterbodies in 2014/2015.

Between 2003 and 2014, industrial development altered roughly 410,000 square kilometers of Alberta’s natural land. ACA’s Land Management program addresses this issue by restoring damaged habitats and protecting healthy ones. Through the Landowner Habitat Program, ACA manages privately-owned land that contains key habitat that the charity wants to conserve. Homeowners sign legal agreements that allow ACA to retain their land in return for compensation. As of 2014-2015, ACA manages 46 Landowner Habitat Program Agreements, protecting 7,982 acres of wildlife and fish habitat. ACA also runs a Conservation Site Management program that manages conservation sites owned by the charity. In 2014/2015, ACA acquired 13 new sites that totalled 2,992 acres of new land. ACA also enhanced 34 of its existing sites – the charity planted 95,360 trees and shrubs as a part of enhancement efforts.

Alberta Conservation Association‘s Wildlife program uses science to effectively protect and conserve wildlife populations. ACA is currently monitoring amphibian populations using environmental DNA (eDNA) that the animals leave behind in their environment. Based on DNA sequences left by certain amphibians, the hope is that scientists will be able to use eDNA as a proxy for locating species at risk.

Financial Review:

Alberta Conservation Association is a Micro-cap charity with donations of $850k in F2015. The charity also received $12m in funding from government organizations in F2015, which represented 89% of total revenues.

Administrative costs are 14% of revenues and the charity reports no fundraising costs in F2015. In F2014, administrative costs were 13% of revenues and fundraising costs were 35% of donations, which does not fall within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Funding reserves of $3.9m cover only 36% of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by the Alberta Conservation Association. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 15, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.9%12.9%10.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%35.0%8.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 36.2%21.5%14.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8506392,614
Government funding 12,00611,71411,241
Business activities (net) 00(17)
Investment income 524623422
Other income 110264272
Total revenues 13,48913,24014,533
Program costs 9,1548,6049,274
Grants 1,5461,6071,557
Administrative costs 1,7981,6321,463
Fundraising costs 0224229
Cash flow from operations 9911,1732,010
Funding reserves 3,8732,1991,554
Note: Film sales of ($17k) in F2013 are reported gross of expenses in business activities income. Federal government funding of $5k in F2015, $408k in F2014 and $161k in F2013 reported in the charity’s T3010 CRA filing was included in government funding and backed out of donations. Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by ($479k) in F2015, ($321k) in F2014 and $915k in F2013. Ci used the charity’s T3010 CRA filing to report program, administrative and fundraising costs. Amortization has been removed from administrative costs.

Comments added by the Charity:

The comments below relate to a previous profile. Updated comments may be forthcoming.

You have a note that the program expenses were increased by $2.262 M for land  purchases but you don’t show the revenue.  The main reason for the increase in our  administrative cost and a decrease in our donations is a change in reporting  requirements whereby donated land value and funds designated for land purchase were no longer considered revenue in 2012, but instead went straight to assets.  So although we have the admin cost of handling a million dollar land purchase, the  revenue for that purchase does not show up on the books.

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