Toronto Wildlife Centre

60 Carl Hall Road, Unit 4
Toronto, ON M3K 2C1
Executive Director: Nathalie Karvonen
Board Co-Chair: Donna Hayes

Charitable Reg. #:14114 6290 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 77 cents are available for programs.

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About Toronto Wildlife Centre:

Founded in 1993, Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) provides medical treatment and rehabilitative care to sick, injured and orphaned wild animals found by the public. TWC works in the Greater Toronto Area and has grown into Canada’s largest and busiest wildlife centre. TWC’s mission is to promote the peaceful coexistence of people and wildlife. The charity’s overall goal is to release healthy animals back into the wild. The charity’s five core programs are Wildlife Rehabilitation, Wildlife Rescue and Release, its Wildlife Hotline, its Wildlife Hospital, and Education & Outreach.

TWC’s Wildlife Rehabilitation program takes in approximately 5,000 sick, injured and orphaned animals, nurses them back to health, and releases them back into the wild. As of July 23, 2019, TWC has currently admitted 3,142 animals from 40 different species this year with 484 currently in care.

Through its Wildlife Rescue and Release program, TWC saves animals caught in dangerous situations. TWC has a team of 3 staff members certified in ice rescue, swift eater rescue, slope evaluation, and chemical immobilization, who rescue animals.

The charity’s Wildlife Hotline gives residents of the greater Toronto area a way to report animals in distress. TWC reports that there has been a rise in the number of animals harmed as a result of human actions caused by urban sprawl. Every year, TWC’s staff receive 30,000 calls.

TWC’s Wildlife Hospital diagnoses and treats injuries and illness in wild animals. TWC has a team of wildlife veterinarians as well as volunteer specialists who work in the hospital. TWC also provides students and graduates with placement and internship opportunities in the hospital.

Toronto Wildlife Centre’s Education & Outreach program promotes the peaceful co-existence of wildlife and humans as well as the humane response to wildlife through education and expert advice. This program provides people with resources on keeping animals safe, helping baby birds as well as helping other organizations learn how to respond to wildlife calls. Lastly, TWC holds classroom presentations to teach students about animals.

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Toronto Wildlife Centre is a medium-sized charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $2.7m in F2018, along with $147k in donations in kind. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 18% of cash donations and fundraising revenues. For every dollar donated to the charity, 77 cents go to its programs. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity has funding reserves of $476k. Reserves can cover program cost for 3 months.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Toronto Wildlife Centre. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 19, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.7%5.4%7.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.6%15.4%27.5%
Total overhead spending 23.3%20.8%35.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 25.5%14.5%10.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,499,7382,100,1891,091,623
Goods in kind 146,874112,420200,762
Government funding 71,67485,291122,644
Fees for service 28,20127,22125,077
Special events 179,070155,758119,402
Total revenues 2,925,5572,480,8791,559,508
Program costs 1,870,2941,796,0341,617,404
Administrative costs 165,980133,825116,971
Fundraising costs 470,906347,955332,980
Other costs 7,7724,18610,792
Total spending 2,514,9522,282,0002,078,147
Cash flow from operations 410,605198,879(518,639)
Capital spending 57,13670,99047,893
Funding reserves 476,477259,736164,825

Note: Ci has recognized deferred contributions as revenue affecting total revenue by $402k in F2018, $460k in F2017, and ($7k) in F2016.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 38

Avg. Compensation: $38,958

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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