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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Anacostia Watershed Society

Clean the water, recover the shores, honor the heritage

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four stars

90.58

4302 Baltimore Avenue Bladensburg, MD 20710
tel: (301) 699-6204   Web Site
EIN: 52-1666511

Board Leadership
Elissa Feldman
Chair

CEO
James Foster
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.58 four stars
  Financial 92.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Anacostia Watershed Society's mission is to protect and restore the Anacostia River by bringing partners and communities together to achieve a clean and safe Anacostia River for the benefit of all living in its watershed and for future generations. Our ultimate vision, in keeping with the Clean Water Act, is to restore and sustain the Anacostia as a swimmable and fishable river for the health and well-being of all by 2025 and beyond.

The Anacostia Watershed Society's mission is to protect and restore the Anacostia River by bringing partners and communities together to achieve a clean and safe Anacostia River for the benefit of all living in its watershed and for future generations. Our ultimate vision, in keeping with the Clean Water Act, is to restore and sustain the Anacostia as a swimmable and fishable river for the health and well-being of all by 2025 and beyond.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Area of land, in hectares, directly controlled by the organization and under sustainable cultivation or sustainable stewardship
15
Number of invasive species removed from managed area(s)
85,377
Total pounds of debris collected
118,000
Number of trees planted
854
Number of teachers trained
206
Number of students educated through field trips
7,579
This impact information is current as of July 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

92.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 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)
87.9%
  Administrative Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.40
  Program Expenses Growth 11.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Anacostia Watershed Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Anacostia Watershed Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Anacostia Watershed Society (MD) 90.58 four stars
Sustainable Conservation (CA) 88.59 three stars
Land Trust Alliance (DC) 90.85 four stars
California Native Plant Society (CA) 93.87 four stars
Manomet (MA) 89.86 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,628,053
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $92,293
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,227,798
Total Contributions $3,948,144
   Program Service Revenue $121,225
Total Primary Revenue $4,069,369
   Other Revenue $1,299
TOTAL REVENUE $4,070,668
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,540,752
   Administrative Expenses $277,805
   Fundraising Expenses $144,248
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,962,805
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $107,863
   
Net Assets $1,350,945

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
Stewardship $2,578,382 72.8%
Environmental Education $835,043 23.6%
Recreation $68,255 1.9%
Advocacy $59,072 1.7%

Ratings History
Anacostia Watershed Society has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 90.58 four stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 90.88 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 92.32 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.14 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 94.48 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 92.82 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 90.32 four stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 86.19 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 52-1666511
Name in IRS Master File ANACOSTIA WATERSHED SOCIETY INC
NTEE Code C32
NTEE Classification Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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, 1990
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$105,800 2.66% James R. Foster President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Anacostia Watershed Society (MD) 90.58 four stars
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association (NJ) 93.34 four stars
Sustainable Conservation (CA) 88.59 three stars
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NM) 96.27 four stars
Trees, Water & People (CO) 91.74 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Anacostia Watershed Society
4302 Baltimore Avenue
Bladensburg, MD 20710
tel: (301) 699-6204
fax: (301) 699-3317
EIN: 52-1666511

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Board Leadership

Elissa Feldman
Chair

CEO

James Foster
President, CEO

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