Mission: THE WYLAND FOUNDATION IS DEDICATED TO PROMOTING, PROTECTING, AND PRESERVING THE WORLD'S OCEAN, WATERWAYS, AND MARINE LIFE. THE FOUNDATION ENCOURAGES ENVIRONMENTAL AW ... (More)

Wyland Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1993, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.wylandfoundation.org

  30265 TOMAS
Rcho Sta Marg CA 92688-2123


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Wyland Foundation is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

70

out of 100

This charity's score is a failing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Finance & Accountability and 10% Leadership & Adaptability


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

67

out of 100

The score earned by Wyland Foundation is a failing score

This V6 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization's health including the indicators listed in the report below.

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



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Finance & Accountability Report

67

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

79.72%

Higher effect on score

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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.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

6/7 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

No Audit/Review

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

51.10%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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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 up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. 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



WYLAND, PRESIDENT

$0


GREG STONE, BOARD MEMBER

$0


CARLTON LUND, BOARD MEMBER

$0


MELODY HOWELL, BOARD MEMBER

$0


TED VERDON, BOARD MEMBER

$0


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)


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.


Wyland Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Grants Sent

  • Balance Sheet


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

Revenues plummeted by approximately 35%


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

As a public service organization, we work cooperatively with schools to provide environmental education services to students. With schools on hiatus, we had to mothball one of our key programs.


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

We repurposed resources to help support other charities that were assisting with basic needs during the pandemic. Concurrently, we address internal operational needs and planning that would help us provide better services after COVID


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We improved digital delivery of key programs and implemented a range of new efficiencies to manage our internal operations. This allows us to put more concentrated focus on program delivery.


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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

Wyland Foundation 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.

Learn more about Impact & Results.


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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Wyland Foundation reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$457,395

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation:A friendly community-based competition between cities across the nation to see who can be the most water wise. Presented nationally by the Wyla ... (More)


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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 Wyland Foundation 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


THE WYLAND FOUNDATION IS DEDICATED TO PROMOTING, PROTECTING, AND PRESERVING THE WORLD'S OCEAN, WATERWAYS, AND MARINE LIFE. THE FOUNDATION ENCOURAGES ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS THROUGH EDUCATION PROGRAMS, PUBLIC ARTS PROJECTS, AND COMMUNITY EVENTS.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


It is said that what we do now for our oceans, waterways, and environment over the next ten years will impact the next 10,000. The Wyland Foundation strongly believes we can change the trajectory of this impact by inspiring, informing, and encouraging people to work together -- whether they live along the coast or a thousand miles upstream. We believe a future of clean water and healthy oceans is within our grasp, but only if we can connect with people in a meaningful way to become more positive, solution-oriented stewards of these precious global resources. The Wyland Foundation's acclaimed mix of conservation art, traveling science exhibitions, and grassroots community engagement are working to instill these qualities in our children, our families, and communities to give them the tools they need to ensure clean water and healthy oceans for years to come.


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: Expand our national network to 100+ volunteer action clubs to assist in organizing and implementing 1000 clean-ups of local waterways.

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


Goal Two: Annual assessments demonstrating that at least 75% of our program participants show a dramatically increased willingness to change habits that significantly reduce harm to our marine eco-systems

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


Goal Three: Increased our asset base within three years to $2.9 million, with a $750,000 endowment.

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

Our organization subsidizes leadership and skills training via classes at local colleges in areas ranging from marketing, finance, grant writing, legal, human resources, and program management.

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

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We routinely partner with other ngos, government agencies and businesses. Our National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation engages and supports 1,000 U.S. Mayors in their efforts to drive sustainability of local and regional water resources and water pollution management. Others programs, such as our waterwise park makeover projects are the direct result of strategic planning and investment with our program partners. Our team also engages in thought leadership activities by presenting at conferences and publishing information about best practices in environmental engagement.

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.


When the foundation started lockdowns, it was hard to see what that would mean to all of us and how the organization would operate during stay at home orders. COVID created a large disruption in our fundraising, cash flow, and live public service programs. Revenues dropped about 30%. This sudden disruption required a number of immediate responses, including staff reductions, followed by intense assessments of our operations, programs, program delivery, marketing, and financials, and cross trainings to run more efficiently. Fortunately, we were already on a track to enhance our programs on the digital side, so we took that opportunity to build that side of our organization in alignment with our pre-existing growth plan. Although we lost some of the skill sets from the staff reductions, we learned that we were balanced enough to weather the storm, and were able to identify areas to improve programs. On the digital and tech side we gained considerable knowledge that we are now using for growth and better program implementation. One of the chief outcomes of this period was to build a solid infrastructure that supports a more stable cash flow, so programs can be efficiently delivered and continue to scale up.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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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

Wyland Foundation 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.

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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Culture & Community Report

Unscored

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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


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


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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