CPAWS works hard to maximize the proportion of revenue spent on our wilderness work. Our goal is a sustainable financial foundation for our conservation efforts, and sustained protection of Canada’s wilderness.

Each year, our 13 chapters and the national office devote over 70 per cent of its budget to conservation and education, spending less than 15 per cent on fundraising costs.

Financial Fitness

As the world continued to face economic uncertainty, CPAWS donors continued to demonstrate their trust in our efforts and in fact increased their support for our conservation work. With a significant increase in support from institutional donors, CPAWS received $15,779,931 in funding, allowing us to focus 79% of our spending exclusively on conservation. Our partners and stakeholders can be confident CPAWS remains financially stable and focused on our mission.

It is also worth noting that total revenue included a gain of $1,266,222 from CPAWS’ investment in our wholly owned subsidiary, which reported an extraordinary income in 2022 as a result of the sale of the office building CPAWS currently occupies. This onetime income is not expected to repeat in
the foreseeable future.

Laura Cui
National Director, Finance

Foundation Financial Statements

The Foundation for Canadian Parks and Wilderness was established in 1993 to promote the conservation of natural land and marine ecosystems in Canada through public education, scientific studies and protections, and to receive donations, grants, and bequests to fund its administration as well as projects undertaken directly or by other organizations promoting the same objectives as the Foundation.

The Foundation specifically supports the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society in its mission to advocate for the effective, long-term protection of ecologically- and culturally-significant land, freshwater and ocean areas in Canada, working in a way that respects the sovereignty and leadership of Indigenous nations.