Pollution Probe Foundation

150 Ferrand Drive, Suite 208
Toronto, ON M3C 3E5
CEO: Steve McCauley
Board Chair: Christopher Hilkene

Charitable Reg. #:108092701 RR 0001


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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) 54 cents are available for programs.

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About Pollution Probe Foundation:

Founded in 1969, Pollution Probe Foundation works to create positive change in communities, health, and the environment. Pollution Probe aims to define environmental problems through research, promote understanding through education, and advocate for practical solutions. Pollution Probe focuses its research and advocacy on five key areas: Human Health, Energy, Transportation, Climate, and Water.

Based in Toronto, Energy Exchange is an operating division of Pollution Probe Foundation. The program seeks to increase energy literacy in Canada. In F2018, Energy Exchange engaged Canadians on discussions on energy issues through three influencer webinars. It also distributed over 4,000 copies of its Energy Exchange magazine across Canada.

Pollution Probe Foundation reported participating in 34 meetings, workshops, conferences, public panels, and other events across Canada in F2018. These events helped to increase Canadian awareness of environmental issues and encourage them to participate in the discussion.

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Results and Impact

In F2018, Pollution Probe was chosen by the Government of Ontario to work with the Ontario Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Advancement Partnership (EHVAP) initiative members. Pollution Probe’s role was to evaluate and strengthen EHVAP’s plans. At the end of the Partnership’s first year, the Probe team found that low-emission vehicle sales are expected to surpass 7% of new car sales in Ontario by 2020.

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

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Pollution Probe Foundation is a ­­­­small charity, with total donations of $373k in F2018. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 32% of donations. For every dollar donated, 54 cents go to the cause. This is not within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $629k can cover five months of annual program costs.

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

Updated on June 7, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.0%20.7%15.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 31.8%24.9%26.0%
Total overhead spending 45.7%45.5%41.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 40.7%29.6%40.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 683,752615,868694,286
Government funding 729,596535,613305,862
Fees for service 2,8671,8340
Special events 278,162326,954408,618
Investment income 4,6872,48310,227
Other income 486,662387,401692,057
Total revenues 2,185,7261,870,1532,111,050
Program costs 1,546,7461,216,9901,478,809
Administrative costs 304,209386,362322,662
Fundraising costs 305,669234,369287,070
Total spending 2,156,6241,837,7212,088,541
Cash flow from operations 29,10232,43222,509
Funding reserves 629,131359,986594,370

Note: Ci has adjusted for amortization on a pro-rata basis. This affected expenses by $8k in F2018, $9k in F2017, and $10k in F2016. Ci used the charity's T2010 filing for revenue breakdown because the audited financials group together donations, fees for service, and government funding. Ci also used the T3010 for expense breakdown, as many expenses are not allocated to program, administrative and fundraising costs..

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 9

Avg. Compensation: $84,945

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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Website: www.pollutionprobe.ca
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