Disable all preview features

Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Environmental Defense Center

Education. Advocacy. Legal Action. Protecting the local environment since 1977

four stars

90.49

906 Garden Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101
tel: (805) 963-1622   Web Site
EIN: 77-0061994

Board Leadership
Gary J. Hill
President

CEO
Owen Bailey
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.49 four stars
  Financial 87.16 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

three stars

87.16

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2016 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)
77.1%
  Administrative Expenses 12.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.42
  Program Expenses Growth -1.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Defense Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Defense Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Defense Center (CA) 90.49 four stars
Clean Wisconsin (WI) 88.34 three stars
Trustees for Alaska (AK) 86.75 three stars
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (UT) 92.15 four stars
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (OR) 92.51 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) protects and enhances the local environment through education, advocacy, and legal action. Since 1977 they have empowered community based organizations to advance environmental protection. Their program areas include protecting coast and ocean resources, open spaces and wildlife, and human and environmental health. EDC provides legal counsel to other nonprofit organizations. They remain the only such public interest environmental law firm between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and thrive on the support of community members from within their region and beyond.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $812,085
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $812,085
   Program Service Revenue $94,018
Total Primary Revenue $906,103
   Other Revenue $176,805
TOTAL REVENUE $1,082,908
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $813,646
   Administrative Expenses $159,349
   Fundraising Expenses $168,197
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,141,192
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-58,284
   
Net Assets $2,212,081

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
Coast and Ocean Protection $271,216 33.3%
Open Space and Wildlife Preservation $271,215 33.3%
Human and Environmental Health $271,215 33.3%

Ratings History
Environmental Defense Center has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-03 11/01/2016 90.49 four stars
2014-03 06/01/2016 95.56 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 09/01/2015 93.77 four stars
2013-03 05/01/2014 85.40 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 91.05 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 77-0061994
Name in IRS Master File ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE CENTER
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 (460) Public interest litigation activities
(379) Other conservation, environmental or beautification 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 January, 1986
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013
  • March, 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).

We invite you to share your opinions, thoughts, experiences, and stories about this charity here to help inform the decisions of other donors.  
Need more help getting started? Check out our FAQs.
 
This tool is not for questions about Charity Navigator, such as how we derived this charity’s rating. We will happily answer those questions if you contact us directly. Likewise, if you have questions for this charity, then we encourage you to contact the charity directly (we include the charity’s contact information in the upper left-hand corner of this page) since few charities regularly monitor this commenting tool.

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$94,500 8.28% Owen Bailey Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$108,177 9.47% Linda Krop Chief Counsel

The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) protects and enhances the local environment through education, advocacy, and legal action. Since 1977 they have empowered community based organizations to advance environmental protection. Their program areas include protecting coast and ocean resources, open spaces and wildlife, and human and environmental health. EDC provides legal counsel to other nonprofit organizations. They remain the only such public interest environmental law firm between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and thrive on the support of community members from within their region and beyond.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Defense Center (CA) 90.49 four stars
350.org (NY) 93.91 four stars
1000 Friends of Florida (FL) 90.46 four stars
Vermont Natural Resources Council (VT) 87.11 three stars
Environmental Advocates of New York (NY) 95.10 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

Environmental Defense Center
906 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
tel: (805) 963-1622
fax: (805) 962-3152
EIN: 77-0061994

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Gary J. Hill
President

CEO

Owen Bailey
Executive Director

Did You Know We’re a Charity Too?

Charity Navigator has a wonderful community of nearly 7 million givers. Together we’ve been able to:

  • Continually provide new and updated charity ratings
  • Increase charity transparency and awareness
  • Support the long-term missions of charities through our encouragement of informed giving

Whether you’re a first-time giver or a long-time user, we love having you in our community. Your gift of any size is appreciated!

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.

Help Center