Disable all preview features

Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Los Angeles Waterkeeper

Protecting and restoring Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay and adjacent waters

three stars

88.11

120 Broadway Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA 90401
tel: (310) 394-6162   Web Site
EIN: 95-4444787

Board Leadership
Jonathan Varat
Chair

CEO
Bruce Reznik
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.11 three stars
  Financial 87.30 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1993, Los Angeles Waterkeeper's mission is to protect and restore Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay, and adjacent waters through enforcement, fieldwork, and community action. We work to achieve this goal through litigation and regulatory programs that ensure water quality protections in waterways throughout L.A. County. LA Waterkeeper's Litigation & Advocacy, Marine, and Water Quality teams conduct interconnected projects that serve this mission.

Founded in 1993, Los Angeles Waterkeeper's mission is to protect and restore Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay, and adjacent waters through enforcement, fieldwork, and community action. We work to achieve this goal through litigation and regulatory programs that ensure water quality protections in waterways throughout L.A. County. LA Waterkeeper's Litigation & Advocacy, Marine, and Water Quality teams conduct interconnected projects that serve this mission.

Impact Information

data icon Looking for Impact Information?

Charity Navigator is collaborating with GuideStar, GlobalGiving, Classy, and ImpactMatters to display impact-related information on our rated profile pages. Each partner collects this data directly from nonprofits and provides updates to Charity Navigator when available.

If you are interested in seeing this charity provide its impact information, please click below. This will indicate your interest and encourage the nonprofit to share data with partners that are currently collecting information.

Financial

three stars

87.30

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
84.3%
  Administrative Expenses 4.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.61
  Program Expenses Growth 22.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Los Angeles Waterkeeper on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Los Angeles Waterkeeper on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Los Angeles Waterkeeper (CA) 88.11 three stars
Healthy Gulf (LA) 86.11 three stars
Galveston Bay Foundation (TX) 88.19 three stars
Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (ME) 92.15 four stars
WILDCOAST (CA) 96.19 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $847,138
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $97,691
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $944,829
   Program Service Revenue $828,062
Total Primary Revenue $1,772,891
   Other Revenue $13,622
TOTAL REVENUE $1,786,513
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,545,235
   Administrative Expenses $135,134
   Fundraising Expenses $194,395
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,874,764
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-88,251
   
Net Assets $965,088

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
Advocacy and Litigation $990,041 64.1%
Marine Program $212,110 13.7%
Watershed Program $179,386 11.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 12/01/2019 88.11 three stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 84.68 three stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 82.14 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 87.34 three stars
2014-12 08/01/2016 80.16 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 95-4444787
Name in IRS Master File LOS ANGELES WATERKEEPER
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 (351) Combating or preventing pollution (air, water, etc)
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 May, 1994
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$145,000 7.73% Bruce Reznik Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Los Angeles Waterkeeper (CA) 88.11 three stars
Healthy Gulf (LA) 86.11 three stars
Orange County Coastkeeper (CA) 94.74 four stars
Coral Restoration Foundation (FL) 92.39 four stars
San Diego Coastkeeper (CA) 88.34 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

Are you the representative for this organization? If so, click here to access the application form. As an official representative you will have the ability to update some of the information on this page.

Charity Contact Info

Los Angeles Waterkeeper
120 Broadway
Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA 90401
tel: (310) 394-6162
fax: (310) 394-6178
EIN: 95-4444787

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Jonathan Varat
Chair

CEO

Bruce Reznik
Executive Director

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.