Nature Trust of British Columbia

500 - 888 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3K4
CEO: Dr. Jasper Lament
Board Chair: Sarah Otto

Charitable Reg. #:10808 9863 RR0001


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Audited financial statements available only upon request.



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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) 83 cents are available for programs.

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About Nature Trust of British Columbia:

Established in 1971, Nature Trust of British Columbia (Nature Trust) is the oldest and largest provincial land conservation charity in BC. It acquires ecologically significant land through purchases, donations, covenants, and leases. The charity then maintains or restores the acquired land to protect the natural diversity of wildlife and plants and their critical habitats. Nature Trust is a non-advocacy group that seeks a balance between sustaining the environment and sustaining the economy. Since 1971, Nature Trust has acquired more than 500 properties composing over 175,000 acres of vulnerable habitats.

Nature Trust reports that British Columbia is the most biologically diverse province in Canada. It estimates there are more than 50,000 species in the province and some of the world’s largest populations of species are found in BC. Yet, 43% of BC species are on watch lists because of low or dwindling populations; although only 6% of BC land is privately owned, there is a higher concentration of at-risk species in low elevation areas where most private land is located. The charity recognizes biodiversity is not only important for a functional environment, but the economy relies on biodiversity as well since it provides renewable economic resources and ecosystem services.

In F2019, Nature Trust spent $4.3m (73% of program costs) on acquiring new conservation lands in BC.  The added conservation properties include Princeton Grasslands – MapleCross Meadow (1105 acres), Columbia River Wetlands - Edgewater (1045 acres), a parcel of Cowichan River Estuary (222 acres), and Nicomen Slough (29 acres). Nature Trust may have acquired other properties that were not publicly-visible on its website or annual report.

In F2019, Nature Trust spent $1.6m (27% of program costs) on land management. Nature Trust works in partnership with other conservation organizations and various levels of government to conserve functioning ecosystems and ecological processes. Nature Trust’s largest restoration effort in F2019 was the Salmon River on Vancouver Island, which is a 166-acre property acquired in 2015. Nature Trust restored wetland habitat, thinned the forest to improve Elk habitats, and began reforesting logged areas. Each summer, Nature Trust hires students and youth to join its Conservation Youth Crews. The crews are based on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, the Okanagan, and the Kootenays, and are supervised by regional Conservation Land Managers.

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Results and Impact

Ci could not find any publicly-available quantifiable results or impact for Nature Trust of British Columbia.

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Nature Trust of British Columbia’s audited financial statements do not report cost allocations for fundraising and administration. Charity Intelligence has taken this information from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. The F2019 annual filing was not yet posted when this report was updated. Ideally the charity’s auditors - Dale Matheson Carr-Hilton Labonte LLP - would report this information in its audited financial statements. Without this additional information, Nature Trust’s overhead spending and program cost coverage may be misrepresented for F2019.

Nature Trust of BC is a Large charity with donations of $8.9m in F2019. Nature Trust also earned $4.3m in investment income in F2019, comprising 31% of total revenues. Charity Intelligence used the operating expenses reported in the charity’s audited financial statements for its total overhead costs in F2019. Fundraising & administrative costs are 17% of revenues. For every dollar donated to the charity, 83 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Nature Trust has total funding reserves of $33.3m, including $4.6m of donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover annual program costs for more than 5 years. This does not indicate a need for funding.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Nature Trust of British Columbia for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 19, 2020 by Eric Jose.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 0.0%8.3%10.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%5.3%7.6%
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 16.9%13.3%17.4%
Total overhead spending 16.9%13.3%17.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 505.0%417.8%500.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,8778,2745,543
Business activities (net) 451465527
Investment income 4,279(495)1,793
Total revenues 13,6088,2447,863
Program costs 5,9065,8334,535
Administrative costs 0725633
Fundraising costs 0441421
Fundraising & administrative costs 1,57200
Total spending 7,4786,9985,589
Cash flow from operations 6,1291,2452,274
Capital spending 48(1,404)13
Funding reserves 33,29527,96226,094

Note: Ci reports on a cash basis and thus adjusted for deferred donations, affecting total revenues by $1.7m in F2019, $932k in F2018, and $294k in F2017. Ci included change in fair value of investments in investment income, affecting total revenues by $2.9m in F2019, ($1.7m) in F2018, and $644k in F2017. Ci included value of purchased land in program costs, increasing total expenses by $4.3m in F2019, $4.0m in F2018, and $3.0m in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 13

Avg. Compensation: $93,409

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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