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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Walden Woods Project

Preserving the land, literature and legacy of Henry David Thoreau

four stars

92.70

44 Baker Farm Road Lincoln, MA 01773
tel: (781) 259-4700   Web Site
EIN: 95-4292658

Board Leadership
Don Henley
Chairman, Founder

CEO
Kathi Anderson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.70 four stars
  Financial 89.68 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

three stars

89.68

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
74.4%
  Administrative Expenses 22.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 11.32
  Program Expenses Growth 4.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Walden Woods Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Walden Woods Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Walden Woods Project (MA) 92.70 four stars
Ecotrust (OR) 90.27 four stars
North Cascades Institute (WA) 95.16 four stars
Northern Plains Resource Council (MT) 91.51 four stars
Minnesota Environmental Fund (MN) 85.38 three stars

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The Walden Woods Project preserves the land, literature, and legacy of the quintessential American author, philosopher, and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility. The Project achieves this mission through the integration of five important core activities: Conservation, scholarship, education, program activities, and advocacy/awareness. One word, Walden, has come to represent a powerful way of thinking about important global issues.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,339,370
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,339,370
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,339,370
   Other Revenue $622,947
TOTAL REVENUE $2,962,317
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,284,592
   Administrative Expenses $344,738
   Fundraising Expenses $64,262
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,693,592
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,268,725
   
Net Assets $27,295,163

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
Conservation $642,296 50.0%
Education $333,994 26.0%
Research and Library $308,302 24.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 07/01/2017 92.70 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.93 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 86.31 three stars
2013-12 03/01/2015 87.39 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2014 80.67 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 80.05 three stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 79.76 two stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 88.62 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.80 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 79.67 two stars
2008-12 10/01/2010 80.66 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 95-4292658
Name in IRS Master File THE WALDEN WOODS PROJECT
NTEE Code A80
NTEE Classification Historical Societies, Related Historical Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (352) Land acquisition for preservation
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 May, 1995
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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$91,800 5.42% Kathleen Anderson Executive Director

The Walden Woods Project preserves the land, literature, and legacy of the quintessential American author, philosopher, and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility. The Project achieves this mission through the integration of five important core activities: Conservation, scholarship, education, program activities, and advocacy/awareness. One word, Walden, has come to represent a powerful way of thinking about important global issues.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Walden Woods Project (MA) 92.70 four stars
LightHawk (CO) 92.09 four stars
Conservation Lands Foundation (CO) 97.34 four stars
Appalachian Mountain Club (MA) 95.78 four stars
North Carolina Coastal Federation (NC) 97.17 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Walden Woods Project
44 Baker Farm Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
tel: (781) 259-4700
fax: (781) 259-4710
EIN: 95-4292658

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Board Leadership

Don Henley
Chairman, Founder

CEO

Kathi Anderson
Executive Director

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