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2023 Annual Report:
Unlimited Together

Celebrating conservation partnerships, progress and potential

Approach

Ducks Unlimited Canada’s strength comes from an incredible community of partners who believe in the power and importance of conservation. Together, we’re making progress in some of the most valuable — and vulnerable — areas of the country.

Our work to safeguard precious wetlands, grasslands, forests and other natural habitats challenges us to push our limits every day. Over the past 85 years, we’ve witnessed that when passionate people come together, our potential to create a brighter future is unlimited.

Our progress Acre by acre, we’re giving nature space to thrive. Our conservation work takes place in wetlands, grasslands, forests and other natural areas throughout the country.
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Nationwide conservation results (Cumulative; as of March 31, 2023)

The progress we’ve made over the past 85 years adds up, and we continue striving to create the kind of large, landscape-level impact that’s needed to ensure the future health of our water, wildlife and communities.

Our long-term vision

We are striving to realize our conservation vision and associated habitat goals in time for our 100th anniversary. This will be achieved by conserving 10.2 million acres (including the restoration of 7.3 million acres) by 2038.

12,972Habitat projects

6.2 million Acres conserved
(Including 4.6 million acres restored)

454,304 Acres enhanced

222.9 million Acres influenced

Nationwide conservation results

Annual conservation progress & planning2023 Goals2023 Results2022 Results2021 Results
Habitat acres conserved
(includes acres restored)
145,346
65,516
187,252
46,419
109,062
40,837
128,728
57,421
Habitat acres enhanced258,800352,045--
Habitat acres influenced3.9 million1.7 million33.7 million4.9 million
Annual conservation progress & planning2022 Results2021 Results
Habitat acres conserved
(includes acres restored)
109,062
46,419
128,728
57,421
Habitat acres enhanced--
Habitat acres influenced33.7 million4.9 million
OUR WORK TO SAFEGUARD PRECIOUS WETLANDS, GRASSLANDS, FORESTS AND OTHER NATURAL HABITATS CHALLENGES US TO PUSH OUR LIMITS EVERY DAY.
OUR WORK TO SAFEGUARD PRECIOUS WETLANDS, GRASSLANDS, FORESTS AND OTHER NATURAL HABITATS CHALLENGES US TO PUSH OUR LIMITS EVERY DAY. ©

Our financial commitment

Knowing that your donation makes a difference is important to you.

It’s important to us, too. Ducks Unlimited Canada transforms your support into meaningful impact by committing to the highest standards of operational efficiency, transparency and accountability. We take pride in delivering conservation programs that make the most of every dollar because you entrust us with more than your money. You entrust us with your hopes for the future.

Uses of fund
($ millions)
2023 Goals2023 Results2022 Results2021 Results
Conservation
(Includes capitalized land purchases)
$137.4
90% investment
$135.3
91% investment
$91.0
88% investment
$87.0
90% investment
Fundraising$5.9$5.3$4.5$4.9
Administration$9.6$7.6$7.0$5.4
Uses of fund
($ millions)
2022 Results2021 Results
Conservation
(Includes capitalized land purchases)
$91.0
88% investment
$87.0
90% investment
Fundraising$4.5$4.9
Administration$7.0$5.4

Your gift is multiplied

We are fortunate to have conservation partners who provide donation matching. We’re able to match donations made by Canadians up to three times, multiplying the impact of your gift.

Sources of revenue ($ millions)202320222021
Government grants$70.6$55.5$43.3
Fundraising revenue*$25.0$8.0$8.1
Program revenue$19.4$18.2$21.0
Non-government partnerships$24.4$14.9$16.0
Investment income$1.8$9.8$32.6

* Includes gift-in-kind donations. DUC also leveraged lines of credit for our Revolving Land Conservation Program of $7.3 million in 2023, $5.4 million in 2022 and $10.5 million in 2021.

Looking ahead

Anticipating, adapting and addressing the conservation challenges of tomorrow

Conservation planning at Ducks Unlimited Canada is rooted in a commitment to adaptive management. Responding to the environmental and social factors affecting wetlands and wildlife today requires that we build solid plans for tomorrow while allowing us to be nimble and flexible in our decision making.

Your gift used wisely Our goal is to invest 80% of our expenditures in habitat conservation annually. In the 2023 fiscal year, we invested 91% in habitat conservation.
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