Sierra Club of Canada Foundation

PO Box 2007 STN B
Ottawa, ON K1P 5W3
Director: John Bennett
Board President: Nick Bakish

Charitable Reg. #:11914 9789 RR0001


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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) 67 cents are available for programs.

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About Sierra Club of Canada Foundation:

Sierra Club of Canada Foundation (SCCF) is the Canadian offshoot of the US-based Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 and is one of the oldest environmental charities in the world. The Sierra Club of Canada Foundation’s mission is to empower people to be leaders in protecting, restoring, and enjoying healthy and safe ecosystems. SCCF raises money to fund environmental programs run by its four chapters (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, and Prairies), which are membership-based groups. These programs are focused on five main issues: climate change, grassroots action, health and wellbeing, sustainability, and wildlife & natural species.

Sierra Club of Canada Foundation reports that wildlife & natural species programs engaged over 20 partners, community champions, and supporting organizations in F2017. Over 2,820 letters were written to protect whale habitat and over 2,007 signed the I Stand with the Whales campaign. Additionally, over 1,400 individuals and organizations signed on to stop an oil lease in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. SCCF reported that over 2,500 letters were sent to ban bee-killing pesticides. It also hosted six Save the Bees events in Ontario and Quebec chapters.

Sierra Club of Canada Foundation’s health and wellbeing programs engaged 281 children in over 7,000 hours of intensive active play programming in F2017. SCCF reports having 190 professional educators with training in the area of active, outdoor activity and education. It also hired and trained 12 new staff to provide forest school programming in F2017.

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Results and Impact

Sierra Club of Canada Foundation reports that is was part of the wave of opposition that successfully stopped the 4,500km TransCanada pipeline that would have carried tar sand oil from Alberta to Atlantic Canada. SCCF says that working through media, education, and engaging stakeholders and leaders, it is working to promote the shutdown of coal-fired plants in Nova Scotia, which is exempt to national coal phase-out regulations.

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

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Sierra Club of Canada Foundation is a ­­­­small charity, with total donations of $460k in F2018. Administrative costs are 20% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 13% of donations. For every dollar donated, 67 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Net funding reserves of $128k can cover four months of annual program costs.

­­This charity report is an update that has been sent to Sierra Club of Canada Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 6, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 19.9%18.5%17.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.3%16.6%14.1%
Total overhead spending 33.2%35.1%31.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 33.1%35.2%54.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 460,012390,274452,809
Government funding 78,21788,47126,251
Fees for service 34,50610,73312,336
Investment income 3202,2321,502
Other income 0021,880
Total revenues 573,055491,710514,778
Program costs 387,583395,618279,035
Administrative costs 113,93190,47690,938
Fundraising costs 61,35164,87363,650
Total spending 562,865550,967433,623
Cash flow from operations 10,190(59,257)81,155
Capital spending 1,80000
Funding reserves 128,330139,159151,887

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred revenue in donations, affecting revenue by $3k in F2018, ($48k) in F2017, and $70k in F2016. Ci included insurance proceeds in other revenue, affecting total revenues by $22k in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 5

Avg. Compensation: $41,217

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 F2017

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