Disable all preview features
There was a problem enabling Giving Basket donations for this page. If you're looking to donate you can try refreshing the page.
If the problem perisists you can contact us or email: helpandsupport@charitynavigator.org.
You can include the Cart ID: Not assigned

Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Community Environmental Council

Bold local solutions to climate change

92.53

1219 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101
tel: (805) 963-0583   Web Site
EIN: 94-1728064

Board Leadership
Babara S. Lindemann
President

CEO
Sigrid Wright
CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.53
  Financial 89.44
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

CEC builds on-the-ground momentum to reverse the threat of the climate crisis. We transform the systems that fuel it. We safeguard the community from its impacts. We lead, we partner, we act. And every day, we move people to create a more resilient Central Coast.

CEC builds on-the-ground momentum to reverse the threat of the climate crisis. We transform the systems that fuel it. We safeguard the community from its impacts. We lead, we partner, we act. And every day, we move people to create a more resilient Central Coast.

Financial

89.44

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
74.3%
  Administrative Expenses 12.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.30
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.95
  Program Expenses Growth 12.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Community Environmental Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Community Environmental Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Feedback

Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people/communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile.

Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings or town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
In 2016, the Community Environmental Council partnered with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and Santa Barbara Foundation to publish a forward-thinking community plan to ‘future proof’ our local food system from disasters and uncertainties One of the areas of focus identified in the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan was the need to reduce food waste while simultaneously increasing food access throughout the county In a series of roundtables specifically focused on food waste, we then identified that few resources were being deployed to capture prepared food and quickly match it with agencies in need
This Constituent Feedback information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Feedback information published on this organization's page has no effect on its star rating per our methodology.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Community Environmental Council (CA) 92.53
Friends of the Arava Institute (MA) 91.71
Sierra Club Foundation (CA) 95.87
Climate Central (NJ) 85.98
Northern Plains Resource Council (MT) 93.96

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $614,722
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $162,883
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $777,605
   Program Service Revenue $754,254
Total Primary Revenue $1,531,859
   Other Revenue $248,878
TOTAL REVENUE $1,780,737
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,373,142
   Administrative Expenses $215,386
   Fundraising Expenses $262,366
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,850,894
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-70,157
   
Net Assets $3,133,145

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
Engaging the Community $545,158 39.7%
Promoting Renewable Energy $457,937 33.3%
Promoting Low-Carbon, Resilient Food System $316,610 23.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 12/23/2020 92.53
2018-12 09/03/2019 89.32
2017-12 11/01/2018 87.24
2016-12 12/22/2017 91.55
2015-12 12/21/2016 94.84
2014-12 08/01/2016 89.42
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.87
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 81.13
2013-12 06/01/2015 89.22
2012-12 12/01/2013 80.76
2011-12 02/01/2013 78.24
2011-12 12/01/2012 77.07
2010-12 12/01/2011 66.92
2009-12 09/20/2011 89.01
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 89.02
2008-12 07/01/2010 83.90
2007-12 12/17/2008 67.52
2006-12 03/01/2008 66.24
2005-12 04/01/2007 63.62

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 94-1728064
Name in IRS Master File COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL INC
NTEE Code C20
NTEE Classification Pollution Abatement and Control Services
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 July, 1970
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$123,591 6.67% Sigrid Wright Executive Director, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Community Environmental Council (CA) 92.53
Ecotrust (OR) 93.71
North Carolina Conservation Network (NC) 91.90
As You Sow (CA) 90.94
Green America (DC) 94.98

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Constituent Feedback

This organization is sharing information on how they communicate with stakeholders to better inform your giving.

Charity Contact Info

Community Environmental Council
1219 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
tel: (805) 963-0583
fax: (805) 962-9080
EIN: 94-1728064

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Babara S. Lindemann
President

CEO

Sigrid Wright
CEO

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.