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    Shelburne Farms

    Shelburne Farms


    ...Is this your nonprofit?

    ...501(c)(3) organization

    ...Donations are tax-deductible


    ...1611 HARBOR RD
    Shelburne VT 05482-7697


    Shelburne VT | IRS ruling year: 1973 | EIN: 03-0229347  


    Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization educating for a sustainable future.

    The Farm advances education for sustainability in Vermont, nationally, and internationally through its professional learning for teachers, farm to school, and farm-based education programs. Shelburne Farms plays a leadership role in such groundbreaking educational initiatives as the Sustainable Schools Project, a Forest for Every Classroom, and a Watershed for Every Classroom. The Farm supports the National and Vermont Farm to School Networks, Vermont Food Education Every Day, and the Farm-Based Education Network.

    Shelburne Farms is supported by grants and donations, as well as its program-support enterprises: a grass-based dairy and award-winning farmstead cheese-making operation, an organic market garden, maple sugaring and sustainable lumber production, an internationally-recognized seasonal inn and farm-to-table restaurant, and special events.


    Rating Information


    This charity's score is 89%, earning it a Three-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.

    This overall score is calculated entirely from a single beacon score: 100% Accountability & Finance. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

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     Important note on the timeliness of ratings

    The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Accountability & Finance score for Shelburne Farms is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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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    • Culture & Community
    • Leadership & Adaptability
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    Accountability & Finance


    Shelburne Farms has earned a 89% for the Accountability & Finance beacon. See the metrics below for more information.

    This beacon provides an assessment of a charity's financial health (financial efficiency, sustainability, and trustworthiness) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

    This Accountability & Finance score represents IRS Form 990 data up until FY 2019, which is the most recent Form 990 currently available to us. 

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    Accountability and Transparency
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable

    Financial Metrics
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable
    ...Liabilities to Assets Ratio - 6.10% - 7.5/10 pts
    ...Working Capital Ratio - 7.42 years - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Efficiency - $0.08 - 10/10 pts
    ...Administrative Expense Ratio - 8.00% - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Expense Ratio - 13.10% - 7.5/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Ratio - 78.70% - 8.2/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Growth - 5.55% - 5.55/10 pts

    Unscored Information

    Total Revenue and Expenses - Data Available
    Salary of Key Persons - Data Available
    IRS Published Data (Business Master File) - Data Available
    Data Sources (IRS Forms 990) - Data Available

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