Mission: SEE PART III, LINE 1.

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2001, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.marinesanctuary.org

 8455 COLESVILLE RD STE 1275
Silver Spring MD 20910-7600



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated entirely from a single beacon score: 100% Finance & Accountability


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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

100

out of 100

The score earned by National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is a passing score

This V4 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 published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

79.33%

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
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

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 (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

Audited

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
$250,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $250,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

7.68%

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

Listed

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

Listed

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

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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



KRISTEN SARRI, PRESIDENT & CEO

$232,997


VELMA HART, CFO (THROUGH 06/19)

$73,164


JAMES HNAT, CHAIRMAN

$0


ROBERT TRAINOR, CHAIRMAN (THROUGH 10/19)

$0


JULIAN MYERS, VICE-CHAIR

$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:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


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.


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

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Grants Sent


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

The COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted our operations as we experienced a decline in private contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations of 18 percent compared to 2019. The Foundation applied and received PPP loans in 2020 and 2021, which allowed us to maintain operations and continue to employ our staff.


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

The majority of the Foundation work activities involve public outreach and education, on-the-water conservation working with local organizations and businesses, and research with university and federal partners. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted all aspects of our programming as activities. Where possible, we shifted in-person events to virtual meetings, conferences, and workshops, or delayed activities until in-person engagements were possible in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic most impacted our work with federal partners. For example, we work closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on managing visitor centers for national marine sanctuaries. All four of our visitor centers closed in March 2020 and remain closed. We also needed to delay critical whale disentanglement training planned for Spring 2020 due to the federal travel ban. We hope that we are able to resume in 2022 if the funder is willing to extend the award timeline.


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

In March 2020, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation transitioned to a telework environment for all of our staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of our staff continue to telework and we are working on a return to work plan for Fall 2021. Where possible, we shifted our outreach programming to virtual platforms. For example, in June 2020, the Foundation made a strategic pivot and shifted our national conference, Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), to a virtual event. As an early adopter of virtual conference platforms, we were able to expand our audience and reach for ocean and Great Lakes conservation. CHOW was virtual in 2021, and we intend to have a hybrid conference in 2022. For conservation projects that required teamwork, we followed CDC and local public health requirements to continue work while keeping employees safe.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The Foundation was able to reach new audiences and create new champions for national marine sanctuaries by offering virtual programming. We plan to create hybrid events and use virtual programs in the future.


...   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

National Marine Sanctuary 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.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



National Marine Sanctuary Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$5,014,672

Spent in most recent FY

59%

Percent of program expenses


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)


$1,597,157

Spent in most recent FY

19%

Percent of program expenses


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)


$1,506,165

Spent in most recent FY

17%

Percent of program expenses


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


...   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

Not Currently Scored

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is currently not eligible for a Leadership & Adaptability score because we have not received its L&A survey responses.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that the organization has not yet submitted data for evaluation.


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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


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. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

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. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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