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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

The Conservation Foundation

We save land. We save rivers.

four stars

93.62

10S404 Knoch Knolls Road Naperville, IL 60565
tel: (630) 428-4500   Web Site
EIN: 23-7221206

Board Leadership
Christopher Burke
Chairman

CEO
Brook McDonald
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.62 four stars
  Financial 90.98 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1972 by business and community leaders, The Conservation Foundation is a land and watershed protection organization. Our headquarters are located in Naperville, Illinois, on a 60-acre working farm, and a program office is located in Montgomery, Illinois. The mission of the Foundation is to preserve open space and natural lands, protect rivers and watersheds, and promote stewardship of our environment. The Foundation maintains a support base of over 4,500 members and donors, and 500 volunteers in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties, Illinois. Although we work throughout Northeastern Illinois, these are the counties in which we focus our efforts.

Established in 1972 by business and community leaders, The Conservation Foundation is a land and watershed protection organization. Our headquarters are located in Naperville, Illinois, on a 60-acre working farm, and a program office is located in Montgomery, Illinois. The mission of the Foundation is to preserve open space and natural lands, protect rivers and watersheds, and promote stewardship of our environment. The Foundation maintains a support base of over 4,500 members and donors, and 500 volunteers in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties, Illinois. Although we work throughout Northeastern Illinois, these are the counties in which we focus our efforts.

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Financial

four stars

90.98

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
79.7%
  Administrative Expenses 4.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.49
  Program Expenses Growth 12.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Conservation Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Conservation Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Conservation Foundation (IL) 93.62 four stars
Oregon Natural Desert Association (OR) 94.83 four stars
As You Sow (CA) 93.98 four stars
Adirondack Mountain Club (NY) 85.38 three stars
Blue Ridge Conservancy (NC) 100.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,589,307
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $71,475
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,660,782
   Program Service Revenue $439,886
Total Primary Revenue $2,100,668
   Other Revenue $235,720
TOTAL REVENUE $2,336,388
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,632,170
   Administrative Expenses $100,631
   Fundraising Expenses $285,297
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,018,098
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $318,290
   
Net Assets $6,966,140

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.

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Ratings History
The Conservation Foundation has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 08/01/2018 93.62 four stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 91.63 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 90.18 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.85 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/01/2015 94.33 four stars
2013-06 08/01/2015 85.68 three stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 85.40 three stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 77.11 two stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 85.49 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 73.07 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 70.22 two stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 81.91 three stars
2007-06 09/01/2008 93.38 four stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 92.84 four stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 88.09 three stars
2004-06 01/01/2006 75.36 two 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 23-7221206
Name in IRS Master File CONSERVATION FOUNDATION
NTEE Code C34
NTEE Classification Land Resources Conservation
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(59) Other school related activities
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 April, 1973
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$160,894 7.97% Brook Mcdonald President, CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Conservation Foundation (IL) 93.62 four stars
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Island Press (DC) 89.27 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Conservation Foundation
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, IL 60565
tel: (630) 428-4500
fax: (630) 428-4599
EIN: 23-7221206

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Board Leadership

Christopher Burke
Chairman

CEO

Brook McDonald
President, CEO

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