Toronto, ON M5H 3S6
Executive Director: Caroline Shultz
Board President: Otto Peter
Charitable Reg. #: 10737 8952 RR0001
Grade: B-The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Full-time staff #22
Avg. Compensation $58,144
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
|$300k - $350k||0|
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|$160k - $200k||0|
|$120k - $160k||1|
|$80k - $120k||3|
|$40k - $80k||6|
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. In total, these groups have over 30,000 members and supporters. Ontario Nature has six programs: Citizen Science, Nature Guardian’s 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 submitting 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. Its goal is to save the forest and the animals that live there. Ontario Nature calls upon the government to create stronger environmental 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 habitat for plants and animals as well as reducing the effects of climate change.
Results and Impact: Ontario Nature’s work to ban hunting 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, Ontario Nature’s youth guardians’ programs held 9 planting events that led to almost 2000 pollinator-friendly plants being planted.
Ontario Nature is a medium-sized charity with $2m in donations in F2018. Ontario Nature’s administrative costs are 12% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 20% of donations. For every dollar donated, 68 cents goes to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Ontario Nature has $2.8m in funding reserves. This will cover program costs for 17 months.
Ontario Nature spent $5k to raise $17k from external fundraisers in F2018. The cost per dollar raised was 27 cents (33 cents in F2017).
This charity report is an update that has been sent to Ontario Nature for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated May 24, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.
Financial RatiosFiscal 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 StatementsAll figures in $s
|Goods in kind||15,000||725,000||200,000|
|Fees for service||182,854||151,844||135,251|
|Cash flow from operations||(238,700)||1,071,585||302,527|