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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Western Resource Advocates

Protecting the West's land, air, and water

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four stars

94.54

2260 Baseline Road Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80302
tel: (303) 444-1188   Web Site
EIN: 84-1113831

Board Leadership
Bryan Morgan
Chair

CEO
Jon Goldin-Dubois
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.54 four stars
  Financial 92.90 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is an environmental law and policy organization dedicated to protecting the West's land, air, and water. Our lawyers, scientists, and economists advance clean energy to reduce pollution and global climate change; promote urban water conservation and river restoration; and defend special public lands from energy development and unauthorized off-road vehicle travel. We collaborate with other conservation groups, hunters and fishermen, ranchers, American Indians, and others to ensure a sustainable future for the West.

Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is an environmental law and policy organization dedicated to protecting the West's land, air, and water. Our lawyers, scientists, and economists advance clean energy to reduce pollution and global climate change; promote urban water conservation and river restoration; and defend special public lands from energy development and unauthorized off-road vehicle travel. We collaborate with other conservation groups, hunters and fishermen, ranchers, American Indians, and others to ensure a sustainable future for the West.

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Financial

four stars

92.90

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

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)
87.5%
  Administrative Expenses 1.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.35
  Program Expenses Growth 6.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Western Resource Advocates on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Western Resource Advocates on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Western Resource Advocates (CO) 94.54 four stars
Chesapeake Climate Action Network (MD) 91.29 four stars
Group for the East End (NY) 90.20 four stars
Conservation Colorado Education Fund (CO) 92.20 four stars
Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CT) 92.37 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,423,807
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $60,036
   Related Organizations $80,000
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,563,843
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $5,563,843
   Other Revenue $215,760
TOTAL REVENUE $5,779,603
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,280,289
   Administrative Expenses $56,514
   Fundraising Expenses $594,464
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,931,267
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $848,336
   
Net Assets $6,071,150

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
Clean Energy Program $2,169,374 50.7%
Healthy Rivers Program $1,499,565 35.0%
Western Lands Program $473,091 11.1%
Air and Water Quality $101,068 2.4%
Government Affairs $37,191 0.9%

Ratings History
Western Resource Advocates has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 94.54 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 93.04 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 93.85 four stars
2014-12 04/01/2017 91.33 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.13 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 83.38 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 91.14 four stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 88.64 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 87.61 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 94.96 four stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 95.01 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 93.91 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 93.72 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 99.24 four stars
2007-12 04/01/2009 91.39 four stars
2006-12 03/01/2008 93.68 four stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 77.03 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 84-1113831
Name in IRS Master File WESTERN RESOURCE ADVOCATES
NTEE Code I83
NTEE Classification Public Interest Law, Litigation
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (529) Ecology or 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 July, 1989
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$181,148 3.67% Jon Goldin-Dubois President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Western Resource Advocates (CO) 94.54 four stars
Conservation Minnesota (MN) 88.06 three stars
Clean Wisconsin (WI) 89.72 three stars
1000 Friends of Florida (FL) 87.65 three stars
Environmental Investigation Agency (DC) 93.45 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Western Resource Advocates
2260 Baseline Road
Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80302
tel: (303) 444-1188
fax: (303) 786-8054
EIN: 84-1113831

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Board Leadership

Bryan Morgan
Chair

CEO

Jon Goldin-Dubois
President

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