Mission:

SEE PART III, LINE 1.


 www.marinesanctuary.org
 |  8601 GEORGIA AVE STE 510 Silver Spring MD 20910-3476

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, has an EIN of 94-3370994, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible.  It is classified by the IRS as a Educational Organization, with a ruling year of 2001.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)


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Overall Score (BETA)

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.

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Finance & Accountability Score (BETA)

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score

This Beta V1 of Finance 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 latest filing year 2018.



Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

Higher Effect on Score

Board Composition

12/12 Independent

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

Lower Effect on Score

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

7.52%

Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score

Total Revenue

$10,429,323

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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points (BETA)

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Overview

Overview

The Finance and Accountability Score provides a basic measure for organizational health. At this time, it comprises 100% of a charity's Overall Score.

Program Expense Ratio

81.30%

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).


For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

12/12 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review/Financial Audit

Audited

Higher effect on score


For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.


This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.


For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

7.52%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.


Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed

Listed

Lower effect on score


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


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


Source: IRS Form 990

Data Sources

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

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Impact & Results Score (BETA)

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Impact & Results Rating Highlights

This organization's programs include:

Amount Spent
% of Program Expense
Program Description

$5,876,740

70%

WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES, THE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY FOUNDATION (FOUNDATION) IMPLEMENTS PUBLIC EDUCATION, OUTREACH, CONSERVATION, AND MARITIME HERITAGE  ... (More)

$1,308,078

15%

THE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY FOUNDATION IMPLEMENTS MARINE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE U.S. TO PROMOTE AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF MARINE SPECIES AND HABITATS MANAGED BY NOAA FIS ... (More)

$1,209,082

14%

WORKING WITH INDIVIDUAL SANCTUARIES WITHIN THE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY SYSTEM, THE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS LOCALLY-IMPLEMENTED PROJECTS TO IMPROVE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF OUR PROTECTED WATERS, EN ... (More)

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Overview

Overview


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Impact & Results scores are not available in Encompass Rating System Beta V1.

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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The Foundation strives to be a leading voice for U.S. protected waters by working with communities to inspire conservation and expansion of these special places for a healthy ocean. We seek to conserve species and the places they call home, and preserve America’s maritime and cultural resources. The Foundation's goals include; • Increase long-term private and public investment in U.S. protected waters. • Champion and build awareness of U.S. protected waters, especially national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments. • Advance stewardship of our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes through partnership development and public engagement in conservation, science, and education programs. Whether it's saving whales, cleaning up marine debris, supporting communities' advocacy or inspiring the next generation of ocean stewards, our work starts with great ideas and affects change.


What are your strategies for making this happen?

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is the only national non-profit that directly works with the National Marine Sanctuary System as a whole, and its individual sanctuaries and monuments, to ensure a healthy and thriving future for the ocean and Great Lakes. Our work focuses on on-the-ground conservation results through: (1) species and habitat protection; (2) sound science for management; (3) community stewardship and engagement; and, (4) public education. The Foundation is a nonpartisan credible voice for marine and Great Lakes protected areas at the national level with the ability to deliver on-the-water conservation results through local chapters and by engaging citizens, non-profits, and businesses in stewardship to support conservation work in sanctuaries. We use science, legal and policy expertise to inform our programs. We foster innovative projects that are solution-oriented, scalable, and transferable beyond an individual sanctuary’s boundaries, and develop strategic partnerships that promote the conservation and recovery of species and their habitats. The Foundation hosts Capitol Hill Ocean Week to bring together a wide range of voices on the most important policy issues, and to build a constituency for our ocean and Great Lakes. Through partnerships and sponsorships, we are able to offer “open source” programming that brings together hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds to engage in the discussion and formulation of new ideas. Over 900 leaders and thinkers from a broad cross-section of industries and organizations join in the premier ocean conference in Washington, DC, providing an important networking and educational opportunity to the next generation of environmental stewards.


What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation supports critical research efforts to expand our understanding of ocean and Great Lakes ecosystems – and the threats affecting them. Science and exploration expeditions uncover shipwrecks and characterize biological resources, and monitoring cruises assess the health of marine and Great Lakes resources and ecosystems. The Foundation sponsors restoration efforts to repair and protect vulnerable marine species and habitats, include delicate coral reefs and iconic whale species. The Foundation works to connect communities with the sanctuaries in which we live, work, and play. To increase public awareness and to promote natural and cultural resource protection and stewardship, the Foundation sponsors outreach, education, and citizen science activities that directly involve communities in marine conservation efforts. The Foundation manages over 50 programs in 13 sanctuaries and 2 marine monuments focused on: o Wildlife Conservation, Habitat Protection, and Maritime Heritage o Science, Technology, and Exploration o Community Stewardship and Engagement o Education The Foundation is also the host of nationally-recognized Capitol Hill Ocean Week, a unique open-access conference that brings together over 900 attendees and a global online audience in the creation and discussion of ocean, coastal, and watershed policies.


How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We actively track and measure progress on existing programs, joint projects and initiatives. The Foundation also ensure that they are monitoring existing trends and emerging issues to manage today's challenges but also to plan for the future. Some key metrics that the Foundation measures to track success include: Number of students and schools involved in our educational outreach programs; Number of tons of debris cleaned from beneath the waves; Number of partners involved in marine debris clean-up initiatives; Number of whales rescued from entanglement; and Number of species tagged as part of ongoing research efforts. Additionally, the Foundation is dedicated to both the expansion of existing sanctuaries, as well as the number of sanctuaries supported by the national system. We believe that we will find success by engaging local communities in the stewardship and conservation of these special places, and demonstrating their true value to the American public.


What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

With 13 sanctuaries and 2 marine national monuments that span more than 620,000 square miles and touch every corner of U.S. waters–from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, our work is expansive and growing. Therefore the while we have ensured the protections of the current sanctuary sites, two new sites are being evaluated for sanctuary status as well as new sites being considered for designation. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, in partnership with Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and recognized Blue Star Dive Operators, supports marine debris cleanup from coral reefs throughout the sanctuary. Cleanup dives began in July 2018 and will continue through 2019. Through October 31, 2018, the partners have collected and removed almost 6,000 lbs of marine debris, including 5,500 feet of line and rope that could entangle and harm marine species, like sea turtles. Over 270 local divers have participated in these dives, and have helped motivate the community in the conservation of their sanctuary. In the 2016-2017 school year, Ocean Guardian school programs reached over 6,600 students in 35 schools across the country, including 12 schools in low-income communities. These programs teach compassion for living organisms, important scientific concepts, appreciation of team work and civic engagement, and inspire ocean stewardship. The Foundation is a proud partner of the Protecting Blue Skies and Blue Whales Vessel Speed Reduction program off of the coast of California, which seeks to reduce whale mortality as well as harmful vessel emissions through a voluntary incentive program for major shipping companies. Eleven shipping companies participated in the 2017 program, and for the first time the program included speed reduction zones in the San Francisco Bay Area in addition to the Santa Barbara Channel region. Data for ship speeds show that more than 140 transits were successful in meeting the target reduction, and as a result, the program achieved a reduction of 83.5 tons of emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), and 2,630 metric tons of greenhouse gases into the air - a known contributor to climate change. There are still critical gaps in data when it comes to quantifying whale deaths from ship strikes mortality, and our future efforts will include working with partners on improving research methods and efforts. A 2017 study estimated that 80 whales were killed by ship strikes off the entire U.S. West Coast, but that whale mortality risk reduced by 50% through the SB Channel with slower shipping speeds. Over the next three years, the Foundation will continue to build on these efforts and others, with an emphasis on whale conservation, marine debris removal, and support of science that leads to real solutions for our most pressing issues.



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