Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

506-250 City Center Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7
Executive Director: Éric Hébert-Daly
President: Mike Robinson

Charitable Reg. #: 10686 5272 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

Grade: B+

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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #21

Avg. Compensation $58,605

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 7
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society:

Founded in 1963, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) states that it is the only charity fighting to protect public land and water in Canada. Legal protection of at least half of Canada’s public water and land is its long-term goal. It mission is to achieve a healthy ecosphere where people experience and respect natural ecosystems – it works towards this goal by protecting Canada’s wild ecosystems and promoting awareness and understanding of ecological principles.

Since its formation, CPAWS has been involved in protecting two-thirds of currently protected parkland. This represents over half a million square kilometers of land and water.

Most program spending is on conservation programs that increase protection of wildlife, oceans, parks, grasslands and forests in Canada. CPAWS works with government policy makers to protect these five major areas of Canadian wilderness. Major accomplishments include establishing Hectate Strait as a Marine Protected Area in February 2017, representing protection of 100 square km of glass sponge reefs, and establishing St. Anns Bank as a Marine Protected Area in December 2016, representing protection of 4,364 square km of water that includes habitat for the endangered leatherback sea turtle, Atlantic cod and Atlantic wolfish. By 2020, CPAWS aims to protect 17% of Canada’s wild spaces and 10% of Canada’s oceans. In its most recent Spring 2017 Wilderness report, the charity states that at the end of 2016, only 10.6% of land and freshwater, and 1% of ocean was protected.

CPAWS has 13 chapters across Canada that also run conservation awareness programs that explain how important protecting Canadian land and water truly is.

Financial Review:

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is a big-cap charity with total donations of $5.3m in F2016. Administrative costs are 12% of revenues and fundraising costs are 9% of donations. Per dollar donated, $0.80 goes to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CPAWS holds funding reserves of $2.9m, of which $1.2m are donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover only 47% of annual program costs, showing a funding need.

This charity report is an update that is currently under review by CPAWS. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 25, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.6%12.6%12.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.5%9.0%7.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 78.8%56.5%51.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,2664,9745,088
Government funding 226105121
Total revenues 5,4925,0785,208
Program costs 3,7003,7063,730
Administrative costs 634637662
Fundraising costs 449449389
Cash flow from operations 709286428
Funding reserves 2,9142,0941,928
Note: Ci reported endowment contributions in donations, increasing revenues by $380k in F2016, $331k in F2015 and $300k in F2014. To report on a cash basis, Ci backed out amortization of deferred lease incentives from operations costs, reducing administrative costs by $1k in F2016, $6k in F2015 and $6k in F2014.

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