Mission: Founded in 1970, Save The Bay's history is one of accomplishment for the Bay. Once choked by raw sewage and dying a slow death from industrial toxins, the Bay is making a comeback, but there is still room for improvement, and our continued efforts ensure that more people than ever are able to swim, fish, sail and enjoy the waters of Narragansett Bay. However, there are three inexorable forces that our putting our progress at risk - Population pressures, climate change, and constrained government.

As an organization we will:
~Advocate for waters that are swimmable, fishable, healthy and accessible.
~Expand and enrich our Bay education and outreach to people of all ages.
~Develop and implement strategic communications campaigns in support of Save The Bay's programmatic and organizational goals.
~Put in place the human resources and physical infrastructure necessary to fulfill our mission.
~Create a multi-sourced financial model for present and future

Save The Bay - Narragansett Bay is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1971, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.savebay.org

  100 Save The Bay Drive
Providence RI 02905 

  401-272-3540


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Good

This charity's score is 88.60, earning it a 3-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 2020, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

72.9%


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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

6.9%


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

20.1%


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Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

6.4%


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

$0.16


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

2.78 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

7.34%


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:
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No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

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  • 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.
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Policies


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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.

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  • 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


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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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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



Jonathan Stone, Executive Director

$131,445 (3.82% 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)


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

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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.


Save The Bay - Narragansett Bay reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing

  • Facility rentals Engagement of volunteers and interns to support our mission.


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

The coronavirus crisis has had a direct impact on our operations. All of our public and school-based education programs for the spring were canceled. The cancellations, along with the closure of the Exploration Center, resulted in a revenue shortfall in the final weeks of the fiscal year 2020 and for the entirety of the fiscal year 2021. Rental income from guests at our Bay Center in Providence was also been curtailed. We also canceled or reimagined several fundraising and outreach events, including our Earth Day Birthday, Taste of the Bay, Save The Bay Swim, and 50th Anniversary Gala. Save The Bay applied for and received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan in April 2020 for $412,800. This amount was forgiven, in full in spring 2021.


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

Our education team responded to the end of experiential education programs by developing high quality and engaging educational content in a series called “Breakfast by the Bay”. Each half-hour program was live-streamed weekday mornings at 10 AM and accessible anytime on our YouTube channel. “Breakfast by the Bay” attracted the largest online audiences Save The Bay has ever experienced (in the tens of thousands), and earned accolades from teachers and parents alike. The education team also worked closely with teachers and schools who participate in our year-long, grant-funded programs to develop remote lessons that brought virtual field experiences and lessons to these students. Following the conclusion of the Breakfast By The Bay program, the education team shifted to identifying a strategy to bring summer camps and our Exploration Center and Aquarium to families and campers at home, using videoconferencing platforms.


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

Since the onset of the COVID-19 public health crisis, Save The Bay acted swiftly to conform with public health guidelines and respond to changing financial circumstances while fulfilling our mission to serve as an advocate and champion for Narragansett Bay. On March 16, 2020, in compliance with an executive order issued by Gov. Gina Raimondo, Save The Bay implemented a remote work environment and effectively closed its three facilities to the public and staff. Thanks to investments in cloud-based storage and software applications several years ago, the organization moved to working virtually quickly and was equipped to provide employees with access to files, applications, networking, and videoconference platforms. We continued to work remotely through the remainder of 2020 and all of 2021. Staff have had the option to work in the office, or on a hybrid schedule. We started a return to work plan in spring 2022.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Previous investments in cloud-based storage and software applications supported our swift move to working virtually, and we will maintain these storage and software solutions, as well as videoconferencing platforms. Despite a return to in-person programming, we continue to offer schools distance learning experiences and pre-recorded experiences to enhance Save The Bay curriculum and field experiences (as needed/wanted). Our ability to react swiftly to changing health conditions has kept our education program engaging schools throughout the watershed amid changes to public health guidelines and transitions from in-person to remote learning for schools.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
9/1/20212020 88.60
8/1/20202018 80.43
11/1/20192018 80.23

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.

6/1/20192018 79.63
9/1/20182017 78.60
7/1/20172016 81.28
6/1/20162015 82.93
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 79.93
4/1/20152013 82.04
12/20/20132012 86.92
11/1/20132012 86.30
4/1/20122011 86.23
9/20/20112010 92.66
Rating Version: 1.0
7/1/20112010 89.49
11/1/20102009 76.58
8/1/20092008 95.39
8/1/20082007 91.44
4/1/20072006 91.82
7/1/20062005 96.48
7/1/20052004 85.87
7/1/20042003 83.58
9/1/20032002 82.89
10/15/20022001 90.36

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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

Save The Bay - Narragansett Bay 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.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Save The Bay - Narragansett Bay reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$1,208,804

Spent in most recent FY

47%

Percent of program expenses


Education Program "Explore the Bay"


$1,021,319

Spent in most recent FY

40%

Percent of program expenses


Policy, Advocacy & Restoration Programs


$314,663

Spent in most recent FY

12%

Percent of program expenses


Outreach Initiatives


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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 Save The Bay - Narragansett Bay 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


Save The Bay's mission is to protect and improve Narragansett Bay. As an organization, our staff works to keep the public aware of the importance of our waters, teach good stewardship of the Bay and its watershed, and provide opportunities for the public to have a direct impact on the health of Narragansett Bay.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


At Save The Bay, we envision a swimmable, fishable, healthy, and accessible Narragansett Bay for everyone. We envision a thriving and resilient Bay that is recognized globally as an environmental treasure. We envision having engaged and informed communities on matters affecting Narragansett Bay.


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: To advocate for waters that are swimmable, fishable, healthy, and accessible.

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


Goal Two: To provide outstanding environmental education programs for people of all ages.

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


Goal Three: To put in place, and invest in, the human and physical resources to fulfill our mission.

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

Save The Bay invests the financial and human resources necessary to build the leadership capability of staff within the organization. In addition to staff serving on local, regional, and national boards and committees, our staff regularly attend and present at local, regional, and national conferences, attend ongoing professional development, and participate in ongoing continuing education and certification programs that develop their professional and leadership skills. Each year, one Save The Bay staff member participates in the Institute for Non-Profit Practice's Core Certificate Program in Providence, RI. This program helps staff develop impactful leadership skills, networks, and learn how to advance their career and the mission of the organization. Staff Alumni from the INP program also participate in the ongoing leadership series to continue to develop their leadership skills.

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?

Save The Bay is an acknowledged leader locally, regionally, and nationally on matters related to coastal management, environmental policy, and marine and watershed education. Our staff takes a collaborative approach to protect Narragansett Bay. Our educators, policy, advocacy, and habitat restoration staff work with a broad range of partners and coalitions to keep the public aware of the importance of our waters and teach good stewardship of the Bay and its watershed.

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.


Since the onset of COVID-19 Save The Bay acted swiftly to conform with public health guidelines while fulfilling our mission. At the onset, we implemented a remote work environment, closing our three facilities to the public and non-essential staff. We continue to maintain most operational changes. Employees are encouraged to work remotely. Social distancing, mask-wearing, and rigorous cleaning protocols are enforced in all locations. Previous investments in cloud-based storage and software helped move the team to remote work quickly. Thanks to several large private grants we used the shutdown to undertake building improvements and deferred maintenance: replacing the HVAC system, installing a videoconferencing system, painting, resurfacing parking lots, and updating stormwater management infrastructure. With the cancellation of in-person boat programs, we replaced the outboard drives on our education vessel. In 2020 we launched Breakfast by the Bay - a free streaming education program - and continued this through May 2021. Breakfast by the Bay has had a reach of 146,073 and 21,291 direct engagements. Thanks to private and federal grants we continued our commitment to many schools, providing meaningful, inquiry-based distance learning opportunities for students. Our advocacy team adapted to public health guidelines. Staff moved forward on multiple habitat adaptation and resiliency projects and continue to build partnerships to move new projects forward. Our advocacy work at the Statehouse, RIDEM, CRMC, and municipalities continues unabated. In the face of these challenges, we recommitted ourselves to engaging and expanding the community that protects the Bay. During a 4-month pause, we developed COVID-friendly protocols to engage volunteers in outdoor activities and re-launched small-scale volunteer opportunities in July 2020 - plantings, storm drain markings, and shoreline cleanups. These activities resumed in April 2021 with similar protocols.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Jonathan Stone

Executive Director

Gilbert Conover, Jr.

President

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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

99

out of 100

Save The Bay - Narragansett Bay has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 98/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

99

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

98/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 98 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 10 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. 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.


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Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

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. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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