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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Seed Savers Exchange

Saving and Sharing America's Heirloom Seed

three stars

84.37

3094 North Winn Road Decorah, IA 52101
tel: (563) 382-5990   Web Site
EIN: 43-1214133

Board Leadership
Rowen White
Board Chair

CEO
Lee Buttala
President & Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.37 three stars
  Financial 80.84 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Our nonprofit mission is to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.

Founded in 1975, Seed Savers Exchange is a membership supported nonprofit that cares for a living collection of over 20,000 heirloom, historical, and open-open pollinated varieties.

We believe in participatory preservation, encouraging our members as well as the public to save and share heirloom seeds. Our member-to-member seed swap, the Seed Exchange, is devoted to bringing seed savers together to share homegrown seeds and plant materials.

Our nonprofit mission is to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.

Founded in 1975, Seed Savers Exchange is a membership supported nonprofit that cares for a living collection of over 20,000 heirloom, historical, and open-open pollinated varieties.

We believe in participatory preservation, encouraging our members as well as the public to save and share heirloom seeds. Our member-to-member seed swap, the Seed Exchange, is devoted to bringing seed savers together to share homegrown seeds and plant materials.

Financial

three stars

80.84

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2018 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)
70.0%
  Administrative Expenses 28.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.05
  Program Expenses Growth 4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Seed Savers Exchange on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Seed Savers Exchange on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seed Savers Exchange (IA) 84.37 three stars
North Carolina Coastal Federation (NC) 97.68 four stars
Beyond Pesticides (DC) 90.35 four stars
Conservation Lands Foundation (CO) 94.33 four stars
Coastal Conservation League (SC) 89.87 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,172,615
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $195,052
Total Contributions $1,367,667
   Program Service Revenue $3,620,122
Total Primary Revenue $4,987,789
   Other Revenue $1,107,669
TOTAL REVENUE $6,095,458
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,268,741
   Administrative Expenses $1,534,882
   Fundraising Expenses $87,042
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,890,665
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $204,793
   
Net Assets $5,948,809

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
Sales of Seeds and Plants $3,213,352 75.3%
Heritage Farm $886,333 20.8%
Publications of Educational Material $68,386 1.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 02/01/2018 84.37 three stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 87.02 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 82.06 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 86.25 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 86.89 three stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 89.28 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 82.81 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 81.79 three stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 80.41 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 89.35 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 86.24 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 85.49 three stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 86.26 three stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 78.01 two stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 64.35 one star
2005-12 12/01/2006 74.94 two stars
2004-12 07/01/2006 79.32 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 43-1214133
Name in IRS Master File SEED SAVERS EXCHANGE INC
NTEE Code K20
NTEE Classification Agricultural Programs
NTEE Type Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(120) Publishing activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 March, 1981
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

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
$99,162 1.68% John Torgrimson President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seed Savers Exchange (IA) 84.37 three stars
The Adirondack Council (NY) 97.45 four stars
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (PA) 90.64 four stars
WILDCOAST (CA) 91.06 four stars
WildEarth Guardians (NM) 95.47 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Seed Savers Exchange
3094 North Winn Road
Decorah, IA 52101
tel: (563) 382-5990
fax: (563) 382-5872
EIN: 43-1214133

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Board Leadership

Rowen White
Board Chair

CEO

Lee Buttala
President & Executive Director

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