Wildsight is an environmental advocacy group headquartered in Kimberly BC. It is an active participant in East Kootenay land use discussions and decisions. It is a registered charity and is required to file annual financial returns with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
A financial summary extracted from its CRA filings is shown below. Wildsight does not disclose this financial information in its annual report on its web site.
Grants from foundations, corporations, and governments make up substantially all of its financial
resources. However, individual donations are not disclosed in Canada even though their US foundation donors annually disclose their donations as part of their annual US filings. The scale of Wildsight’s financial resources allows it to have an influential, if not overwhelming, influence on land use decisions in the East Kootenays. Wildsight should be encouraged to publish annual financial statements on its website. Further, it should be encouraged to publish a list of donors and donations. It’s ironic that those foundations in the US disclose their donations, but that same information is not listed on Wildsight’s web page. This information should be made available to the community so that it can judge whether donors are unduly influencing Wildsight’s advocacy position.
What sort of political influence and override are US-based funding foundations buying?
A sampling of anonymous foreign foundation grants to Wildsight
2008 - $75,000 - Flathead Wild Campaign
2007 - $25,000 - Southeast BC Grizzly Bear DNA Inventory
2007 - $50,000 - Flathead Wild Campaign
2006 - $120,000 - Flathead Park
Also - $470,000 to CPAWS and Wilderness Conservation Society for Y2Y
- Lazar Foundation
2008 - $20,000 - Protect Wilderness
2007 - $20,000 - Control threats from motorized use & development
2006 - $20,000 - Wilderness, stop development
2005 - $15,000 - Wilderness recreation
campaign 2004 - $15,000 - Wilderness recreation campaign
- Kendal Foundation
2005 - $40,000 - Y2Y Campaign
2004 - $30,000 - Y2Y Campaign also -
$300,000 to Y2Y Conservation Initiative, Canmore AB
- Woodcock Foundation
2007 - $230,000 - Y2Y
2006 - $400,000 - Y2Y and "several organizations"
- Brainerd Foundation
2008 - $50,000 - Protect wildlife connectivity in the Flathead
2007 - $25,000 - Protect connectivity in Flathead River watershed
2006 - $20,000 - Instill conservation as cultural ethic
2005 - $25,000 - Build broad-based demand for public "consultation" about CBM
2002 - $60,000 - Support Southern Rockies Wildlife Conservation Area
2000 - $26,000 - Support capacity building tools
- Bullitt Foundation
2007 - $35,000 - General support grant
2006 - $35,000 - General support grant
2005 - $25,000 - "Advocacy work" in the Easty Kootenay region
- Yves Rocher Foundation
Amounts not posted
- 444S Foundation Amounts not posted
Who else do these foundations fund?
- Wilburforce Foundation (USA)
- Kendall Foundation (USA)
- Woodcock Foundation (USA)
- Lazar Foundation (USA)
- Brainerd Foundation (USA)
- Bullitt Foundation (USA)
- Yves Rocher Foundation (France)
- 444S Foundation (USA)
- Tides Foundation ("The 800-pound gorilla of radical activist funding")
Is this what it means to "Think globally, act locally"?