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Organic Farming Research Foundation

Fostering the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems.

three stars

87.24

303 Potrero Street Suite 29-203
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
tel: (831) 426-6606   Web Site
EIN: 77-0252545

Board Leadership
Katrina Heinze
Board Chair

CEO
Brise Tencer
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.24 three stars
  Financial 81.96 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1990, the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has worked to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. They achieve this mission by sponsoring research related to organic farming, disseminating research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and educating the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues. OFRF's integrated strategy of grantmaking, policy, education and networking initiatives supports organic farmers' immediate information needs while moving the public and policymakers toward greater investment in organic farming systems.

Since 1990, the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has worked to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. They achieve this mission by sponsoring research related to organic farming, disseminating research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and educating the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues. OFRF's integrated strategy of grantmaking, policy, education and networking initiatives supports organic farmers' immediate information needs while moving the public and policymakers toward greater investment in organic farming systems.

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Financial

three stars

81.96

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2018 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)
77.1%
  Administrative Expenses 14.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.47
  Program Expenses Growth 5.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 49.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Organic Farming Research Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Organic Farming Research Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Organic Farming Research Foundation (CA) 87.24 three stars
Public Knowledge (DC) 88.10 three stars
PolicyLink (CA) 87.27 three stars
The Philanthropy Roundtable (DC) 89.31 three stars
The Heartland Institute (IL) 86.37 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $627,105
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $94,462
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $37,022
Total Contributions $758,589
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $758,589
   Other Revenue $991
TOTAL REVENUE $759,580
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $698,321
   Administrative Expenses $101,998
   Fundraising Expenses $71,673
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $871,992
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-112,412
   
Net Assets $501,675

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
Research and Education $339,604 48.6%
Advocacy $188,799 27.0%
Communications $169,918 24.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 11/01/2018 87.24 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 93.30 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 89.44 three stars
2014-12 10/01/2016 89.84 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.31 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 73.40 two stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 88.09 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 74.42 two stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 80.71 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 89.83 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 87.16 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 80.98 three stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 90.10 four stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 87.32 three stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 77.00 two stars
2005-12 06/01/2007 74.35 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 77-0252545
Name in IRS Master File ORGANIC FARMING RESEARCH FOUNDATION
NTEE Code Z99
NTEE Classification Unknown
NTEE Type Unknown
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 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 April, 1995
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
$117,301 13.45% Brise Tencer Executive Director

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Organic Farming Research Foundation (CA) 87.24 three stars
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Charity Contact Info

Organic Farming Research Foundation
303 Potrero Street
Suite 29-203
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
tel: (831) 426-6606
fax: (831) 426-6670
EIN: 77-0252545

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 440
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

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Board Leadership

Katrina Heinze
Board Chair

CEO

Brise Tencer
Executive Director

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