Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Cultural Survival

Defending the rights of indigenous peoples around the world

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three stars

88.27

2067 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02140
tel: (617) 441-5400   Web Site
EIN: 23-7182593

Board Leadership
Duane Champagne
Chair

CEO
Suzanne Benally
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.27 three stars
  Financial 86.78 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Cultural Survival was founded in response to the opening up of the Amazonian and South American hinterlands during the 1960s, and the drastic effects this had on indigenous inhabitants. It has since worked with indigenous communities in Asia, Africa, South America, North America, and Australia, becoming the leading US-based organization defending the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. Our efforts are guided by a board of directors that includes some of the world's preeminent indigenous leaders, as well as anthropologists, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs, and our executive director is a renowned human rights lawyer. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cultural Survival also has a satellite office for our Guatemala Radio Project in Guatemala.

Cultural Survival was founded in response to the opening up of the Amazonian and South American hinterlands during the 1960s, and the drastic effects this had on indigenous inhabitants. It has since worked with indigenous communities in Asia, Africa, South America, North America, and Australia, becoming the leading US-based organization defending the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. Our efforts are guided by a board of directors that includes some of the world's preeminent indigenous leaders, as well as anthropologists, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs, and our executive director is a renowned human rights lawyer. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cultural Survival also has a satellite office for our Guatemala Radio Project in Guatemala.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of Facebook followers
23,117
Total number of grants awarded
45
Total dollar amount of grants awarded
268,895
Number of individuals attending community events or trainings
40
This impact information is current as of September 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

86.78

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 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)
82.5%
  Administrative Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.11
  Program Expenses Growth 14.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cultural Survival on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cultural Survival on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,533,416
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $11,412
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,544,828
   Program Service Revenue $476,031
Total Primary Revenue $2,020,859
   Other Revenue $1,122
TOTAL REVENUE $2,021,981
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,698,475
   Administrative Expenses $127,390
   Fundraising Expenses $184,710
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,010,575
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $11,406
   
Net Assets $215,286

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$118,805 5.90% Suzanne Benally Executive Director

Mission

Cultural Survival was founded in response to the opening up of the Amazonian and South American hinterlands during the 1960s, and the drastic effects this had on indigenous inhabitants. It has since worked with indigenous communities in Asia, Africa, South America, North America, and Australia, becoming the leading US-based organization defending the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. Our efforts are guided by a board of directors that includes some of the world's preeminent indigenous leaders, as well as anthropologists, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs, and our executive director is a renowned human rights lawyer. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cultural Survival also has a satellite office for our Guatemala Radio Project in Guatemala.

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Charity Contact Info

Cultural Survival
2067 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
tel: (617) 441-5400
fax: (617) 441-5417
EIN: 23-7182593

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Board Leadership

Duane Champagne
Chair

CEO

Suzanne Benally
Executive Director