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    The Community Ecology Institute
    Impact & Measurement
    Accountability & Finance
    Culture & Community
    Leadership & Adaptability

    The Community Ecology Institute

    501(c)(3) organization
    Donations are tax-deductible
    Columbia MD 21044-4015

    Columbia MD | IRS ruling year: 2016 | EIN: 81-0954815  
    An EIN is a unique nine-digit number that identifies a business for tax purposes.
    An EIN is a unique nine-digit number that identifies a business for tax purposes.
    Organization Mission
    The mission of the Community Ecology Institute (CEI) is to cultivate communities where people and nature thrive together. We envision a world where communities are h ... (More)

    Rating Information


    This charity's score is 93%, earning it a Four-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.

    This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores, weighted as follows: 35% Accountability & Finance, 44% Impact & Measurement, 9% Leadership & Adaptability, 12% Culture & Community. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

    Historical Ratings
    Charity Navigator's ratings previously did not consider Leadership & Adaptability, Culture & Community, or Impact & Measurement. The historic rating mainly reflects a version of today’s Accountability and Finance score. More information on our previous rating methodologies can be found on our rating methodology page.
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    Rating Report

    Impact & Measurement


    This beacon estimates the actual impact a charity has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.



    100 out of 100 points

    100% of Impact & Measurement score
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    Impact Evaluation
    100 out of 100 points
    Impact Statement
    $15,856 increases income for a mentee high school graduate who would have otherwise dropped out of high school by $116,187
    Program Context
    This program provides mentoring for at least one year to youth enrolled in high school in the United States.
    Data Time Period
    1/1/2022 to 12/31/2022
    Benchmark for Scoring
    Impact scores of youth mentoring programs are based on estimated future income generated for high school graduates that would not have otherwise graduated, relative to cost. Programs receive an Impact score of 100 if they increase income for a graduate by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent and a score of 80 if income increases by more than $0.85 for every $1 spent. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 65. This program increases income for a youth mentee graduate by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent.
    This impact score was determined through the Youth Mentoring methodology which is fully detailed in the Charity Navigator Guide to Ratings. Analysis conducted in 2024 by Charity Navigator using data submitted by the nonprofit, theory and evidence from scientific research studies, and public datasets.
    Data Source
    The nonprofit submitted cost data and graduation rates.



    0% of Impact & Measurement score
    Program Planning and Design
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    Program Development
    This section assesses the consideration of stakeholders in program objectives and activities.
    Data Collection and Analysis
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    Reporting and Distribution of Results
    This section assesses reporting and disseminating program results.
    Use of Results
    This section assesses the use of results to guide learning.