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GRIST

A beacon in the smog

four stars

92.82

1201 Western Avenue Suite 410
Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (206) 876-2020   Web Site
EIN: 06-1664153

Board Leadership
Rachel Morello-Frosch
Chair

CEO
Brady Piñero Walkinshaw
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.82 four stars
  Financial 90.67 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Grist is the nation's favorite independent source of green news and views. Grist has been dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999 -- which, to be frank, was way before most people cared about such things. Now that green is in every headline and on every store shelf, Grist is the one site you can count on to help you make sense of it all. Grist provides incisive and irreverent information that connects readers to the environmental issues that are part of everyday life, like food, energy, climate, politics, consumption, and pop culture.

Grist is the nation's favorite independent source of green news and views. Grist has been dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999 -- which, to be frank, was way before most people cared about such things. Now that green is in every headline and on every store shelf, Grist is the one site you can count on to help you make sense of it all. Grist provides incisive and irreverent information that connects readers to the environmental issues that are part of everyday life, like food, energy, climate, politics, consumption, and pop culture.

Financial

four stars

90.67

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 09/01/2018 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)
74.7%
  Administrative Expenses 10.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.68
  Program Expenses Growth 2.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by GRIST on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by GRIST on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
GRIST (WA) 92.82 four stars
Moving Picture Institute (NY) 97.87 four stars
Graywolf Press (MN) 95.47 four stars
Positive Futures Network (YES! Magazine) (WA) 85.99 three stars
Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 92.31 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,990,195
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,990,195
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,990,195
   Other Revenue $221,290
TOTAL REVENUE $3,211,485
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,617,378
   Administrative Expenses $347,465
   Fundraising Expenses $549,462
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,514,305
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-302,820
   
Net Assets $2,541,152

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
GRIST has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 09/01/2018 92.82 four stars
2016-09 02/01/2018 92.78 four stars
2015-09 04/01/2017 91.42 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 86.61 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 81.83 three stars
2013-09 03/01/2015 88.72 three stars
2012-09 04/01/2014 87.37 three stars
2011-09 03/01/2013 89.19 three stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 87.00 three stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 82.26 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 86.47 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 03/01/2011 87.85 three stars
2008-09 03/01/2010 94.76 four stars
2007-09 08/01/2009 97.54 four 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 06-1664153
Name in IRS Master File GRIST MAGAZINE INC
NTEE Code C99
NTEE Classification Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C.
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Literary Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 April, 2003
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 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
$198,905 5.65% Lori Schmall Former CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$196,982 5.60% Charles Giller Founder
Not compensated -- Brady Walkinshaw CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
GRIST (WA) 92.82 four stars
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 96.15 four stars
Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 92.31 four stars
Commentary (NY) 86.00 three stars
Resource Media (CA) 88.31 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

GRIST
1201 Western Avenue
Suite 410
Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (206) 876-2020
EIN: 06-1664153

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Board Leadership

Rachel Morello-Frosch
Chair

CEO

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw
CEO

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