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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Acterra

Action for a Healthy Planet

four stars

91.28

3921 East Bayshore Road Palo Alto, CA 94303
tel: (650) 962-9876   Web Site
EIN: 23-7064937

Board Leadership
Sudhanshu Jain
President

CEO
Matthew O'Grady
Interim Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.28 four stars
  Financial 88.05 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Acterra's mission is to bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet.

Acterra is a regional environmental non-profit that has served Silicon Valley and the Bay Area since 1970. The organization provides people with environmental education and inspiration to improve the environment and address climate change. Acterra currently offers four programs providing thousands of adult and youth volunteer opportunities each year. Programs include: Energy Program (which includes the Green@Home to Grid Ready program, and the GoEV program), Business Partnerships for Sustainability (which includes the Business Environmental Awards, and the Silicon Valley Green Team Network) and the Environmental Library and Resource Center (which includes Acterra's fall and spring environmental lecture series).

Acterra was formed in 2000 by the merger of the Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation (founded 1970) and Bay Area Action (1990).

Acterra's mission is to bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet.

Acterra is a regional environmental non-profit that has served Silicon Valley and the Bay Area since 1970. The organization provides people with environmental education and inspiration to improve the environment and address climate change. Acterra currently offers four programs providing thousands of adult and youth volunteer opportunities each year. Programs include: Energy Program (which includes the Green@Home to Grid Ready program, and the GoEV program), Business Partnerships for Sustainability (which includes the Business Environmental Awards, and the Silicon Valley Green Team Network) and the Environmental Library and Resource Center (which includes Acterra's fall and spring environmental lecture series).

Acterra was formed in 2000 by the merger of the Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation (founded 1970) and Bay Area Action (1990).

Financial

three stars

88.05

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 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)
78.2%
  Administrative Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.45
  Program Expenses Growth 12.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Acterra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Acterra on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Acterra (CA) 91.28 four stars
Environmental Defense Fund (NY) 92.89 four stars
Alaska Conservation Foundation (AK) 85.53 three stars
Greenpeace Fund (DC) 90.76 four stars
The Conservation Fund (VA) 98.23 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $913,020
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $60,391
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $731,893
Total Contributions $1,705,304
   Program Service Revenue $62,851
Total Primary Revenue $1,768,155
   Other Revenue $18,840
TOTAL REVENUE $1,786,995
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,393,668
   Administrative Expenses $142,542
   Fundraising Expenses $191,326
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,727,536
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $59,459
   
Net Assets $1,173,152

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
Habitat Restoration $953,208 68.4%
Home Energy Efficiency $98,135 7.0%
Sustainability Leadership $72,771 5.2%

Ratings History
Acterra has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 03/01/2018 91.28 four stars
2015-06 07/01/2017 90.17 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 88.08 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 84.90 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 06/01/2015 79.43 two stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 80.67 three stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 74.85 two stars
2011-06 08/01/2012 79.56 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 94.87 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 06/01/2011 93.96 four stars
2009-06 09/01/2010 93.96 four stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 90.96 four stars
2007-06 09/01/2008 96.46 four stars
2006-06 06/01/2007 95.87 four stars
2005-06 02/01/2007 83.63 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 23-7064937
Name in IRS Master File ACTERRA ACTION FOR A HEALTHY PLANET
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(59) Other school related 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 January, 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

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
$121,800 7.05% Adam Stern Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Acterra (CA) 91.28 four stars
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Galapagos Conservancy (VA) 91.49 four stars
Island Press (DC) 87.05 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Acterra
3921 East Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
tel: (650) 962-9876
fax: (650) 962-8234
EIN: 23-7064937

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Board Leadership

Sudhanshu Jain
President

CEO

Matthew O'Grady
Interim Executive Director

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