Mission: Wild Earth Allies collaborates with a wide network of partners to protect wildlife and habitats in culturally appropriate ways. Our mission is to protect vital areas ... (More)

Wild Earth Allies is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1981, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://wildearthallies.org

 2 Wisconsin Circle
Suite 900
Chevy Chase MD 20815 

  202-375-7767


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 90.51, 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 2018, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

91.9%


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

6.1%


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

1.8%


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

26.6%


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

$0.03


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

0.30 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

4.08%


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)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

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:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
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Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. 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.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

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)

Additional Information

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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 W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Katie Frohardt, Executive Director

$227,263 (9.90% of Total Expenses)


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2015

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)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


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.


Wild Earth Allies reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Balance Sheet


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

Early in the pandemic, we felt financial pressures sharply as philanthropic engagement contracted and shifted towards COVID-19 response. We rapidly applied for emergency government grants, including Federal PPP and Montgomery County Maryland funding. We also moved core budget funds tagged for travel and the like to support programs in need. As a lean organization without an endowment, the uncertainty of financial flows created enormous stress, but we got busy and took care of our field teams and partners thanks to the remarkable generosity of those surrounding Wild Earth Allies. The continuing nature of this pandemic means ongoing financial uncertainty for 2021 (and beyond).


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

Our ability to respond quickly helped us effectively navigate urgent pandemic challenges. In DRC, we provided emergency support to park rangers, enabling them to safely patrol amid increased threats in gorilla habitat as tourism revenue evaporated, as well as to Indigenous communities similarly affected by COVID-19. Our water tank project in Rwanda increased access to this essential resource, improving family well-being and decreasing pressure on park resources. Despite travel-restrictions, our Cambodia team expanded wildlife monitoring in Asian elephant habitat and accelerated marine conservation work. In El Salvador, our partner ProCosta worked with local authorities to maintain hawksbill turtle monitoring as “essential” during the 2020 nesting season, providing vital income to local communities. Across our portfolio, we collaborated to drive positive conservation impact and address the rising needs of communities living closest to the at-risk wildlife and landscapes we protect.


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

As a lean team, we make decisions quickly and keep our focus on field conservation realities. This pandemic created serious pressures for each of our field teams and partners, necessitating adaptation and emergency response. It also prompted us to communicate far more actively with those who support us, like Board members, colleagues and donors, to keep them aware of these realities and secure the support needed to continue and accelerate vital conservation work. Throughout this pandemic, private philanthropic support has been – and remains – essential.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We hosted our first webinar series during the pandemic to connect colleagues and supporters with our field teams and partners. The series was a success, giving talented practitioners a virtual “global stage” and enabling contributors direct contact with programs they support. We also saw an increase in field participation at conferences and workshops that were made available virtually for the first time. Removing barriers associated with international travel democratized event participation and has been a positive way to showcase field voices and in-country expertise. Moving forward, we will sustain this direct practitioner connection through webinars and other virtual opportunities for engagement.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
9/1/20202018 90.51
7/1/20192017 91.86
3/1/20182016 93.31
5/1/20172015 100.00
6/1/20162014 100.00
Rating Version: 2.0
12/22/20152014 97.81
3/1/20152013 99.55
2/1/20142012 95.03
11/6/20122011 95.02
12/1/20112010 91.42
10/1/20112009 90.85
9/20/20112009 86.39

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

Rating Version: 1.0
12/1/20102009 93.21
2/1/20102008 86.70
12/1/20082007 96.60
12/15/20072006 94.11
7/1/20072005 80.85

...   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

Wild Earth Allies 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



Wild Earth Allies reported its three largest programs on its FY 2015 Form 990 as:


$1,113,521

Spent in most recent FY

19%

Percent of program expenses


AFRICA: MOUNTAIN GORILLA CONSERVATION IN RWANDA, UGANDA AND DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO; CULTURAL VALUES AND CONSERVATION WORK IN UGANDA, WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON CHIMPANZEES; RHINO MONITORING AND PRO ... (More)


$986,724

Spent in most recent FY

17%

Percent of program expenses


AMERICAS: MARINE TURTLE CONSERVATION IN NICARAGUA; INTEGRATED CONSERVATION WORK ON NICARAGUA'S OMETEPE ISLAND, A BIOSPHERE RESERVE; SUSTAINABLE LAND-USE AND LIVELIHOOD DEVELOPMENT IN THE MAYA GOLDEN L ... (More)


$3,270,574

Spent in most recent FY

56%

Percent of program expenses


ASIA PACIFIC: BUILDING CAPACITY IN CAMBODIA THROUGH A MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM IN BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION; ENDANGERED SPECIES CONSERVATION OF ASIAN ELEPHANT AND SIAMESE CROCODILE IN CAMBODIA; TIGER C ... (More)


...   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 Wild Earth Allies is a passing score.

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


Our mission is to protect vital areas of our natural world for the benefit of wildlife, habitats, and people by inspiring collaborative action.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


We envision a world where wildlife flourishes in healthy ecosystems that sustain us all.


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: Scale Impact: Accelerate field-level conservation in current 8 sites and expand to 13.

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


Goal Two: Fuel Growth: Double annual revenue and action new $25m Wild Fund campaign.

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


Goal Three: Invest in Capacity: Enhance team and systems for partner-centric conservation excellence.

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

With mounting pandemic-related pressures, we invested in leadership development focused on senior professionals that covered a range of issues geared toward driving improved outcomes. Our Conservation Director joined a cohort of four senior professionals (representatives from organizations around the world, selected for their complimentary roles) for a three-month, iterative seminar. This involved individual mentoring and group activities – our Executive Director reported seeing improvement immediately. Our Executive Director also invested in membership in a nonprofit leadership group, where she has access to other EDs with whom she can exchange and troubleshoot, access tools on range of management issues, and more.

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

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

As the pandemic restricted traditional outreach, we pivoted to digital sharing of positive stories and finding new ways to showcase the expertise of our field teams and partners. We started a webinar series, increased the frequency of email newsletters, and post regularly on social media to keep our followers engaged. We continued to use our first film, Uncle Elephant, which has been a tremendous tool for reaching new audiences. It was featured at 5 film festivals including The World Wildlife Day 2020 Film Showcase in New York City at the United Nations. We used footage from the film to create several shorter films focused on specific field activities. With travel restrictions lightening, we plan to create a new film focused on hawksbill turtle conservation. We encourage participation by staff and field teams in conferences, committees, and specialist groups to further conservation efforts through shared learning and to amplify voices from the field.

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.


Over the last year, we were challenged to adapt in many ways to ensure adequate and uninterrupted support to our field teams and partners and to progress diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Wild Earth Allies has decades of experience in emergency situations – with civil war and genocide, natural disasters and political unrest across our portfolio. This has necessitated that we be nimble and prepared. We launched the Wild Fund to attract philanthropic support to fuel rapid response and financial resilience, which has been critical for us during this time. We also quickly adapted our staffing, fundraising, and communication tactics amidst the pandemic. Pressures on natural resources increased across our project sites. Financial stress related to the pandemic prompted rural families to look to protected areas to meet their basic needs, resulting in increased poaching and habitat degradation. Despite increasing demands, our teams and partners have shown great resilience. For example, our Salvadoran partner ProCosta worked with their community network to protect 389 hawksbill turtle nests and release 28,450 hatchlings, making 2020 one of the most successful nesting seasons to date while improving livelihoods of rural families. The pandemic has underscored the interconnectedness of ecosystem health and human well-being, and the importance of working in authentic partnership to protect vital areas of the natural world together. Our conservation efforts are rooted in collaboration with people of color and Indigenous communities globally. We increased diversity on our Board and launched a fellowship program to open career pathways for a diverse cadre of young conservation practitioners. Our journey continues towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive conservation sector and global community.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Wild Earth Allies is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


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. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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