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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Sustainable Conservation

Because the environment is everyone's business

four stars

90.38

98 Battery Street Suite 302
San Francisco, CA 94111
tel: (415) 977-0380   Web Site
EIN: 94-3232437

Board Leadership
Chris Buchbinder
Chair

CEO
Ashley Boren
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.38 four stars
  Financial 86.40 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1993, Sustainable Conservation helps California thrive by uniting people to solve the toughest challenges facing our land, air, and water. Every day, we bring together business, landowners, and government to steward the resources that we all depend on in ways that make economic sense. Because we know that common ground is California's most important resource.

Our work focuses on supporting landowners to restore California's lands and water, partnering with farmers to grow a vibrant future, and engaging business to solve environmental challenges.

Sustainable Conservation's impact has been recognized by a variety of national and regional media, including the Today show, National Public Radio, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and many others. Sustainable Conservation has received numerous awards for our enduring commitment to a healthy environment and thriving economy, including the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.

Founded in 1993, Sustainable Conservation helps California thrive by uniting people to solve the toughest challenges facing our land, air, and water. Every day, we bring together business, landowners, and government to steward the resources that we all depend on in ways that make economic sense. Because we know that common ground is California's most important resource.

Our work focuses on supporting landowners to restore California's lands and water, partnering with farmers to grow a vibrant future, and engaging business to solve environmental challenges.

Sustainable Conservation's impact has been recognized by a variety of national and regional media, including the Today show, National Public Radio, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and many others. Sustainable Conservation has received numerous awards for our enduring commitment to a healthy environment and thriving economy, including the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.

Financial

three stars

86.40

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
72.4%
  Administrative Expenses 10.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.95
  Program Expenses Growth 11.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sustainable Conservation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sustainable Conservation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sustainable Conservation (CA) 90.38 four stars
Wildlands Network (WA) 86.16 three stars
Trees, Water & People (CO) 87.89 three stars
Lloyd Center for the Environment (MA) 85.91 three stars
Conservation Strategy Fund (DC) 95.76 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,847,132
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $319,875
Total Contributions $4,167,007
   Program Service Revenue $6,742
Total Primary Revenue $4,173,749
   Other Revenue $45,522
TOTAL REVENUE $4,219,271
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,644,455
   Administrative Expenses $488,687
   Fundraising Expenses $953,129
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,086,271
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-867,000
   
Net Assets $5,455,294

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Dairies $1,090,729 29.9%
Simplified Permitting for Restoration $967,190 26.5%
Water $958,926 26.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 07/01/2018 90.38 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 89.97 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 92.22 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 91.94 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.18 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 92.87 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 94.52 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 90.48 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 90.54 four stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 92.63 four stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 85.19 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 81.61 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 73.68 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 95.66 four stars
2007-12 12/17/2008 92.48 four stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 90.36 four stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 92.85 four stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 95.46 four stars
2003-12 09/01/2004 95.34 four stars
2002-12 11/01/2003 87.71 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 94-3232437
Name in IRS Master File SUSTAINABLE CONSERVATION
NTEE Code C01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date September, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$152,990 3.00% Ashley Boren Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sustainable Conservation (CA) 90.38 four stars
Natural Resources Defense Council (NY) 96.56 four stars
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association (NJ) 91.01 four stars
Natural Resources Council of Maine (ME) 93.96 four stars
Coalition for Clean Air (CA) 85.15 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Sustainable Conservation
98 Battery Street
Suite 302
San Francisco, CA 94111
tel: (415) 977-0380
fax: (415) 534-3480
EIN: 94-3232437

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Board Leadership

Chris Buchbinder
Chair

CEO

Ashley Boren
Executive Director

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