Mission: Founded in 1959, the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and conserving Maine's envi ... (More)

Natural Resources Council of Maine is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1963, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://www.nrcm.org

  Three Wade Street
Augusta ME 04330  

  800-287-2345


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The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Natural Resources Council of Maine is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Exceptional

This charity's score is 91.09, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

74.8%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

10.5%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

14.6%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

2.5%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.10


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

3.62 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

5.69%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
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Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
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Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
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Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors can be reluctant to contribute to a charity when their name, address, or other basic information may become part of donor lists that are exchanged or sold, resulting in an influx of charitable solicitations from other organizations. Our analysts check the charity's website to see if the organization has a donor privacy policy in place and what it does and does not cover. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


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Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Lisa Pohlmann, Chief Executive Officer

$105,762 (3.30% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Preservation of natural resources (conservation) (BMF activity code: 350)

Other school related activities (BMF activity code: 059)

Fundraising (BMF activity code: 927)


Foundation Status:

Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2) (BMF foundation code: 16)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Natural Resources Council of Maine reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Balance Sheet


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Early in the health crisis, we applied for and received a $453,000 Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan that allowed us to remain fully staffed. We were able to fulfill federal requirements that allowed the loan to become a grant that we were not required to pay back. We absorbed unplanned expenses for Zoom accounts and technology to support our staff (e.g. computers, web cameras, software). Thankfully, fundraising remained strong, and we were well-served by our longstanding efforts to diversify our revenues through membership dues, individual donations, grants from foundations and national partners, business sponsorships, and in-kind gifts.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Due to social distancing, we discontinued our slate of public events and presentations and moved our programming completely online. We intentionally focused on serving our members and the public by creating new website content, including blog posts and podcasts on a wide range of environmental issues, videos showcasing beautiful Maine outdoor spots, and informative webinars. We also increased social media across our platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Although the uncertainty of the health crisis has been very challenging, it has also been a creative and rewarding process for our staff to make new connections with a variety of people on social media and via email and our webinars, including with out-of-state supporters who might never attend an in-person event. In the summer of 2021, we attempted to hold in-person events, but rising cases of COVID-19 meant we backtracked and currently we continue to deliver all our programming online.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Due to the realities of the health crisis and emergency protection measures taken by Maine’s governor, our staff began working remotely in March 2020. NRCM’s management team immediately put in place new protocols for increased office cleaning, added new air filtering equipment, and made it clear that staff health is the top priority. Throughout the crisis and as Maine’s reopening plans unfolded, management created new guidance documents for staff returning to the office, including limiting how many people may be in the building at any one time and requiring pre-scheduled visits to keep track of who has been there in case of illness. Certain jobs must always be done in the office, so these are necessary steps. In addition, we closed our office to the public, and that will remain the case into 2022. Most of our staff continues to work remotely, and we closely monitor state health guidance. We will adapt our protocols and policies as needed going forward.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We have found success with our online programming and plan to continue to offer interactive webinars, discussion panels, podcasts, and robust social media campaigns across a variety of issues. We will consider holding hybrid events as it becomes safe to again hold large public events. We believe having options for different ways people can engage with our work benefits our members and the public and helps to advance our mission for Maine’s environment.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
3/1/20202019 91.09
5/1/20192018 93.11
6/1/20182017 93.96
5/1/20172016 94.79
6/1/20162015 92.19
Rating Version: 2.0
12/22/20152015 86.62
12/1/20142014 86.15
11/1/20142014 85.44

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

12/20/20132013 88.48
3/1/20132012 84.24
12/23/20112011 82.46
9/20/20112010 72.47
Rating Version: 1.0
12/1/20102010 64.92
5/1/20102009 69.08
5/1/20092008 78.90
4/1/20082007 77.61
2/1/20072006 71.64
6/1/20062005 78.99
12/1/20042004 79.21
6/1/20042003 74.30
2/5/20032001 85.97

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Natural Resources Council of Maine cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Natural Resources Council of Maine reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$1,023,826

Spent in most recent FY

44%

Percent of program expenses


Forests and Wildlife


$501,904

Spent in most recent FY

21%

Percent of program expenses


Climate and Clean Energy


$388,418

Spent in most recent FY

16%

Percent of program expenses


State House and Emerging Issues


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Natural Resources Council of Maine is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1959 by Maine people passionate about protecting the Allagash River from a proposed dam. Our mission is to protect, restore, and conserve Maine's environment, now and for future generations. We harness the power of science, the law, and the voices of more than 25,000 members and supporters to address the most pressing environmental issues facing Maine. Our program areas focus on conservation of Maine’s forests and wildlife; restoration of Maine's rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters; advancing climate action, clean energy, and clean transportation; promoting sustainability through measures that reduce consumption, waste, and plastic pollution; and securing federal environmental policies that benefit Maine. Our overarching goal is to inspire people to become better stewards of Maine's natural resources and communities.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Our vision for Maine is one where residents, visitors, and others look to Maine’s bountiful coasts, pristine lakes, winding rivers and streams, scenic mountains, vast forests, abundant fisheries, and diverse native habitats, and know that this state will always remain a very special place on the globe – a place that safeguards its people by safeguarding its environment.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Ensure the state of Maine leads on climate action.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Two: Innovate and scale up NRCM’s outreach to achieve more diverse and wide-spread public engagement and leadership across the state on environmental issues.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Keep NRCM’s environmental leadership strong and effective through nurturing and sustaining the organization.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

In 2020, we launched the Brookie Awards. Every other year the “Brookies” will honor six young environmental leaders ages 15-30 for their contributions to Maine’s environment. Our chief goal is to identify and elevate the voices of young leaders, giving them a prestigious and statewide platform that showcases their efforts as examples for others. We want their work to inspire environmental engagement and awareness across the state for a range of ages, but particularly among younger individuals. The Brookie Awards is hosted by NRCM Rising, an innovative program we created in 2014 to support Maine’s next generation of environmental leaders by offering events, trainings, ways to engage in our mission.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We put a great deal of time and effort into collaboration and coordination with our allies, members, and supporters to secure strong and lasting environmental protections for Maine. We work with a wide variety of partners that include other conservation groups, public health advocates, faith-based groups, low-income and housing advocates, weatherization, heat pump, and renewable energy businesses, transportation stakeholders, utilities, state agencies, municipal government leaders. One of our primary public-facing coalitions is the Environmental Priorities Coalition, a partnership of 36 environmental, conservation and health organizations representing over 100,000 members.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how we do our work, but not our goals. Over the last year, we have adapted our programming to be fully online. We created new digital content across many different issue areas important to our members and the public. Our blog posts, podcasts, webinars, and videos showcasing the beauty of Maine are driving more people to learn about environmental issues and take an active role in protecting the state we love. Our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and our website have seen significantly increased traffic and engagement. To serve even more of the public, we also began using a web tool called Recite Me that makes our website more accessible by allowing users to customize the site to their abilities. This includes language translation, screen reading for visually impaired users, and customized tools for different reading abilities. Looking ahead, we will continue to adapt to serve our community.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Lisa Pohlmann

Chief Executive Officer

Maria Gallace

Chair of the Board

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Natural Resources Council of Maine is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


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Methodology


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Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.



Methodology


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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