Mission: EarthRights is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which ... (More)

EarthRights International is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1995, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.earthrights.org

 1612 K Street, NW
Suite 800
Washington DC 20006 

  202-466-5188


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 99.61, 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

83.1%


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

7.5%


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

9.2%


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

2.1%


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

$0.08


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

2.21 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

14.44%


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 Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

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)
Whistleblower ... (More)
Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

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  • 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)

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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



Ka Hsaw Wa, Executive Director

$148,100 (2.94% of Total Expenses)


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

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:

Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code (BMF activity code: 994)

Defense of human and civil rights (BMF activity code: 430)

Domestic organization with activities outside U.S. (BMF activity code: 910)


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.


EarthRights International reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery


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

EarthRights is proud to have a strong fundraising year in 2020. We also applied and received the PPP loan and thus were able to retain a full staff. EarthRights used the changes to our planned activities during the pandemic to further invest in our fundraising capacities and spend more time building virtual relationships with foundations and their staff.


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

Our staff has not been able to travel nearly as freely and frequently as we had anticipated. The pandemic can have a devastating effect on Indigenous communities, and EarthRights staff and our partners are hyper-aware that contact with Indigenous peoples and those in remote regions at this time is high risk. Therefore, some of our work has had to be postponed or modified and will continue to be moving forward until the pandemic subsides. Due to the pandemic, we closed the EarthRights School for the first time in history. We shifted to online learning to continue to support our students to prepare for the next school year. We also shifted our trainings to virtual, which allowed us to safely and effectively continue our work.


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

Our offices closed during the pandemic and we commenced online work from home. All of our offices follow the local COVID-19 guidelines. We shifted to virtual meetings and had to modify or postpone some programs with partners and clients.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We will continue to utilize virtual training and will implement more flexible work schedules for staff.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
7/1/20212019 99.61
5/1/20202018 99.67
6/1/20192017 99.27
6/1/20182016 99.01
7/1/20172015 97.99
6/1/20172015 96.53

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.

12/21/20162014 97.17
8/1/20162014 94.34
6/1/20162014 91.51
Rating Version: 2.0
4/1/20162014 91.43
12/1/20142013 97.01
6/1/20142013 92.16
8/1/20132012 95.23
5/1/20122011 96.98
12/1/20112010 92.14
11/1/20112010 89.33
9/20/20112010 84.40
Rating Version: 1.0
6/1/20112010 98.49
7/1/20102009 98.29
8/1/20092008 97.31
7/1/20082007 85.68
4/1/20072006 94.53
2/1/20062005 90.50
9/1/20052004 88.10

...   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

EarthRights International 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



EarthRights International reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$1,039,338

Spent in most recent FY

25%

Percent of program expenses


ADVOCACY AND CAMPAIGNS: SEEKS TO RAISE AWARENESS AND BUILD BROAD SUPPORT FOR EARTH RIGHTS ISSUES. GOAL IS TO HOLD CORPORATE AND GOVERNMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS & ENVIRONMENTAL OFFENDERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEI ... (More)


$2,147,023

Spent in most recent FY

51%

Percent of program expenses


LEGAL: SEEKS TO PROVIDE REMEDIES FOR RIGHTS ABUSES AROUND THE WORLD. LAWSUITS ARE PURSUED TO HOLD CORPORATIONS AND OTHERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS BOTH DOMESTICALLY AND GLOBALLY.


$353,895

Spent in most recent FY

8%

Percent of program expenses


THE EARTHRIGHTS SCHOOLS: EDUCATES PEOPLE OF SOUTHEAST ASIA AND SOUTH AMERICA IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING AND ADVOCACY TECHNIQUES.


...   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 EarthRights International 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


EarthRights International (EarthRights) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which we define as “earth rights.” We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, EarthRights seeks to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


EarthRights stands with communities in pursuit of a world in which every person lives with the dignity of justice and human rights on a planet where precious resources are shared equitably and preserved for the future. We seek a world in which catastrophic climate change is averted, corporations and governments respect human rights, and earth rights defenders freely and effectively carry out their work without fear of criminalization, harassment, or attack in defense of human rights and the environment. Our vision reflects a world confronting a tipping point on the global climate crisis, and one in which unrestrained corporate power and influence result in human rights violations in local communities and against those who seek to protect them. Our vision also reflects our unshakable faith in the power of communities and movements to shift power and make real and lasting change.


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: Climate Justice and Accountability: Fossil fuel companies and governments are held increasingly accountable for climate-related damages to frontline communities and for respecting communities’ rights.

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


Goal Two: Earth Rights Defenders: Criminalization and attacks against earth rights defenders are reduced and legal protections strengthened in countries where EarthRights works.

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


Goal Three: Corporate Accountability: Legal & social accountability of corporations for respecting community rights, including to land and a healthy environment, are increased in regions where EarthRights works.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

In the past 18 months we have invested in the leadership development of our senior staff through the following training and workshops: December 2019 - Leadership Decision-making workshop - WJ Consulting, LLC October 202 - DISC 360 Assessment - Danielle Gilbert December 2020 - SLT Group Dynamic Workshop - Danielle Gilbert

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?

EarthRights invests in deep relationships with community groups and aims to connect them to regional, national, and international systems. We value partnerships that are mutually supportive and co-creates strategies to address issues. EarthRights has 500+ alumni who now have their own community-based schools and organizations, are leaders in civil society, the legal field, and civil service. The Mekong Legal Network and an Indigenous Women’s Legal Network in the Amazon provide ongoing support to alumni. Bertha Fellows, placed in each of EarthRights offices, continue to collaborate with EarthRights and partners. EarthRights engages in thought leadership activities such as the publication of our report, Fighting Back: A Global Protection Strategy for Earth Rights Defenders. Our program team presents on panels in our field. We raise awareness of our mission through our social media pages. Our campaigns team mobilizes through political advocacy on the national and international level.

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 coup d'état in Myanmar that took place on February 1st, 2021 significantly impacted our staff and the work we carry out in the country. The military coup’s impact on EarthRights’ program in Myanmar was immediate and swift, prompting us to rethink and strategize about what is possible, feasible, and meaningful in the new evolving context. Our staff in Myanmar continue to work with partners and the community while ensuring everyone mitigates risks and stays safe. During Q2 of 2021, we undertook an in-depth review of our program for Myanmar along with strategies and possible operational modalities. We will also further develop our risk management plan. EarthRights' primary focus is on ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our staff, partners, and alumni in the country. Additionally, EarthRights and its staff have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All of our staff have been working from home or are following their country’s respective guidelines. This had a direct impact on our ability to carry out our work. In the United States, courts have been proceeding with cases, albeit more slowly. But this pandemic has affected our ability to engage with communities and carry out non-legal activities such as trainings and fact-finding missions. Our staff has not been able to travel nearly as freely and frequently as we had anticipated. The pandemic can have a devastating effect on Indigenous communities, and EarthRights staff and our partners are hyper-aware that contact with Indigenous peoples and those in remote regions at this time is high risk. Therefore, some of our work has had to be postponed or modified and will continue to be moving forward until the pandemic subsides.

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

EarthRights International 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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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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