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Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Inc. is headquartered in Annapolis, MD, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 54-1060924.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is Alliance/Advocacy Organizations within the Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1978.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology because it does not e-file IRS Form 990

To ensure year-to-year consistency, the Encompass Rating System’s Finance & Accountability beacon analyzes the three-year average of some data provided through the IRS Form 990.
Charity Navigator does not currently have the data required from e-filed IRS Forms 990 for Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Inc. under the EIN: 54-1060924. 
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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Build Stewardship: To increase environmental awareness and foster direct stewardship actions by local residents, businesses, communities, and watershed groups that enhance local streams, watersheds, and the Chesapeake Bay. Conserving Chesapeake Forests: To improve the health of existing forests, create new forests in places important to water quality, habitat, or communities, and to promote the benefits of forests to the public and decision-makers. Reducing Stormwater Runoff: To help communities reduce the polluted stormwater runoff that enters local waterways and use green infrastructure and innovative practices that mimic the treatment processes of natural ecosystems. Assisting Local Governments: To provide technical assistance, training, and/or access to resources that enable local governments to implement actions that protect or restore their watershed(s) and to influence policy by providing forums for and facilitating dialogue among local officials. Networking and Education: To accelerate restoration and protection activities occurring in the Chesapeake Bay watershed through the active support of our partners.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

The Alliance has 4 strategic priorities for Population-Level Results. 1. Leverage and Broaden Impact. The Alliance will scale up the most effective restoration and engagement programs including Green infrastructure implementation on developed lands, forest restoration and responsible agricultural production and capacity building at the local level. 2.Build Cross Sector Partnerships by expanding our role as a capacity builder to close priority gaps, bu connecting and supporting champions in companies, communities and conservation groups, promoting growth of regional partnerships and accelerating action on the ground 3.Differentiate and Elevate the Alliance Brand. We will Define, plan and implement our value proposition, improve internal communications to cross-promote programs, services and success stories, create inclusive, consisten external messaging and tailor for each region, and amplify mesaging throughout our watershed to increase awaremenss of the organization. 4. Ensure organizational sustainability for the next 50 years by diversifying and expanding the revenue model to increase unrestricted funding, building a culture of philanthropy, achieving full board engagement in fundraising, strengthening and broadening business partnerships and foster a learning organization for continuity of knowledge and leadership.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

After updating the Alliance Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 to include a clear mission and vision the Alliance Board and staff are committed to working within the scope of this plan. A management dashboard has been created to track progress, and to keep the organization accountable to its mission and strategic plan. The staff of 38, distributed in 4 locations, Annapolis, MD, Lancaster, PA, Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA are all focused on their regions programs in order to advance our mission.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Progress indicators by Priority include: 1. Leverage Resources and Broaden Impact: # of projects in target regions, % of stakeholders engaged from underrepresented commuities, # of programs replicated or scaled, multi disciplinary staff teams integrated to increase impact and $ from grant funding to perform capacity building work. 2. Build Cross Sector Partnershipos: # of external individuals involved in capactiy building efforts annually, # of partner organizations engaged, # successful regional partnerships, # of Best Management Proactices implemented and # of trees planted. 3. Differentiate and Elevate the Brand: %growth in constituency, % of grant income that meets strategic priorities and # of new donors annually. 4. Ensure organizational sustainability for next 50 years: % of revenue is unrestricted, $ raised annaully by board, %unrestricted raised annually from businesses, 3-month operating reserve, and a succession plan and regular reviews for key roles, programs and processes.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

In each performance indicator area, we have established tracking measures by quarter. 2019 is the first year of implementation and end of year results will be shared with the Board and staff. These results will then inform our plans for 2020. We have expanded our business engagement in PA and MD. Our forest programs are exceeding established metrics and are engaging new constituencies, such as the Correctional Conservation Corps. Developement and fundraising work processes and procedures have been established and plans for end of year appeals that include acquisition of new donors. Our values are inclusive, collaborative and results driven.


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