550 Bayview Ave, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4W 3X8
CEO: Geoffrey Cape
Board Chair: Helen Burstyn

Charitable Reg. #:13181 5763 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) 70 cents are available for programs.

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About Evergreen:

Evergreen is a 4-star rated charity with best practice in financial transparency and average accountability to donors as seen in the B results reporting grade. For every dollar donated to this charity, 70 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Founded in 1991, Evergreen is an urban environmental charity that aims to create community spaces with environmental, social, and economic benefits. It envisions a world of sustainable cities that connect people with nature. Currently with 15 active projects, Evergreen works with governments, corporate partners, and local groups to improve urban areas. 

Evergreen offers two main programs: Evergreen Brick Works and National programs.

National programs made up 59% of program costs in F2021. Evergreen runs various programs across Canada to promote healthy and dynamic urban spaces. In F2021, the charity diverted 25.09 tonnes of waste from landfills thanks to recycling and composting initiatives. The Gateway Bike Hub program engaged 1,756 participants and repaired 1,579 bikes to further reduce waste. Additionally, Evergreen formed 50 partnerships with Indigenous communities and supported an additional 179 communities across Canada in navigating smart city landscapes. The charity also held a virtual summit which saw 2,673 community leaders from 11 countries and 107 speakers.  

Evergreen Brick Works made up the remaining 41% of program costs in F2021. In 2010, the charity opened Evergreen Brick Works as Canada’s first large-scale community environmental centre. Located in Toronto, the public venue offers events that teach visitors how to live and work with more sustainability in mind. Evergreen Brick Works also hosts several social enterprises, each devoted to sustainable and ethical business practices. In F2021, 11 art installations, exhibits and performances were held at Brick Works. The charity also held virtual nature-based programs that saw 3,380 children and youth as well as farmers markets that saw 94,936 people.


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Results and Impact

Evergreen reports that between 2019 and 2021, 13,567 students learned to be stewards of the environment by completing the Visiting Schools Program.

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

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Evergreen’s audited financial statements do not break out government funding and investment income from donations and fees for service. Ci reported revenues from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA. 

Evergreen reported donations of $5.2m in F2021. It received $7.6m in government fees, representing 46% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 17% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 30%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 70 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Evergreen has funding reserves of $4.2m, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 41%. This means that the charity can cover program costs at the F2021 level for almost 5 months. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Evergreen for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 29, 2022 by Angelina Curwin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.1%11.5%8.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.1%14.9%14.1%
Total overhead spending 30.3%26.4%22.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 40.7%8.5%(8.3%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,1736,5316,620
Government funding 7,5815,8914,457
Fees for service 3,7192,98411,304
Investment income 6640
Total revenues 16,47915,41122,421
Program costs 10,2389,68716,858
Grants 4263248
Administrative costs 2,1621,7741,940
Fundraising costs 887973936
Other costs 366298
Total spending 13,36512,55920,079
Cash flow from operations 3,1142,8532,342
Capital spending 2929121,685
Funding reserves 4,183832(1,427)

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted donations by changes in deferred revenue and deferred capital contributions. This affected total revenues by ($3.1m) in F2021, ($2.3m) in F2020, and ($2.3m) in F2019. Ci reported donations, fees for service, government funding, and investment income from CRA filings rather than audited financial statements. Ci also obtained grants to qualified donees from available CRA filings and removed the amounts from program costs. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 93

Avg. compensation: $75,519

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 F2021

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Comments & Contact

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