214 King Street West, Suite 612
Toronto, ON M5H 3S6
Executive Director: Caroline Shultz
Board President: Otto Peter

Charitable Reg. #:10737 8952 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) 68 cents are available for programs.

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About Ontario Nature:

Founded in 1931, Ontario Nature protects plants and animals through conservation, education, and public engagement.  Ontario Nature has more than 150 member groups across Ontario, with over 30,000 members and supporters. Ontario Nature has six programs: Citizen Science, Nature Guardians Youth Program, Endangered Species, Boreal, Greenway, and Nature Reserves.

Ontario Nature gives the public a way to contribute to nature protection projects in their community by reporting the animals they see to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. This reporting allows Ontario Nature to watch animal populations and movements. The Nature Guardians Youth Program gives children the opportunity to learn about the environment. Ontario Nature’s goal is to inspire the next conservation leaders in Ontario.

In Ontario, the number of plants and animals at risk of disappearing every year is growing. Ontario Nature campaigns for laws to be made to protect these plants and animals. Ontario Nature also calls for the protection of Northern Ontario’s boreal forest, with the goal of saving the forest and the animals that live there. The organization calls upon the government to create stronger environment protection laws in southern and eastern Ontario.  Overall, more than 70% of southern Ontario’s wetlands have been lost. Ontario Nature campaigns to create natural reserves that provide a habitat for plants and animals and reduce the effects of climate change. 

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Results and Impact

Ontario Nature’s work to ban hunting of snapping turtles was successful; in 2017, the provincial government banned all hunting of these animals. In F2018, Ontario Nature held a BioBlitz to celebrate the launch of its new app. This campaign led to 6,483 new submissions to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. In F2016, its Nature Guardians Youth Program held nine planting events that led to the planting of almost 2,000 pollinator-friendly plants.

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Ontario Nature is a medium-sized charity with $2.0m in donations in F2018. Administrative costs are 12% of revenues and fundraising costs are 20% of donations.  For every dollar donated, 68 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range. Ontario Nature has $2.8m in funding reserves. This will cover program costs for 17 months.

In F2018, Ontario Nature spent $4,701 to raise $17,456 from external fundraisers. The cost of raising $1 was $.27 (down from $0.33 in F2017).   

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Ontario Nature for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 11, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff   

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending February
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.8%8.2%10.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.1%17.6%17.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 142.8%162.6%141.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,954,1212,466,6312,355,528
Goods in kind 15,000725,000200,000
Fees for service 182,854151,844135,251
Investment income 198,596208,587(78,041)
Other income 29,34333,18740,110
Total revenues 2,379,9143,585,2492,652,848
Program costs 1,968,2071,804,2651,656,178
Administrative costs 257,973275,699294,273
Fundraising costs 392,434433,700399,870
Cash flow from operations (238,700)1,071,585302,527
Funding reserves 2,810,0982,933,8292,349,381

Note: Ci reported unrealized investment gains in investment income, increasing total revenue by $147k in F2018, $149k in F2017, and ($285k) in F2016. To report on a cash basis, Ci removed amortization pro-rata from program, administrative and fundraising costs. Ci reported public relations and communications data in program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 22

Avg. Compensation: $58,144

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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