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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Environmental Defense Center

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

four stars

94.19

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

Board Leadership
Judy Pirkowitsch
President

CEO
Owen Bailey
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.19 four stars
  Financial 91.79 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

Financial

four stars

91.79

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
78.3%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.82
  Program Expenses Growth 6.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.9%
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) 94.19 four stars
Conservation Colorado Education Fund (CO) 92.22 four stars
World Resources Institute (DC) 98.23 four stars
1000 Friends of Oregon (OR) 86.97 three stars
The Climate Reality Project (DC) 92.23 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,997,478
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,997,478
   Program Service Revenue $147,975
Total Primary Revenue $2,145,453
   Other Revenue $629,071
TOTAL REVENUE $2,774,524
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,019,351
   Administrative Expenses $156,420
   Fundraising Expenses $120,550
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,296,321
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,478,203
   
Net Assets $4,180,041

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
Climate and Energy $407,740 40.0%
Santa Barbara Channel $254,838 25.0%
Open Space and Wildlife Preservation $203,870 20.0%

Ratings History
Environmental Defense Center has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-03 02/01/2021 94.19 four stars
2018-03 06/01/2019 94.13 four stars
2017-03 08/01/2018 90.57 four stars
2016-03 11/01/2017 89.64 three stars
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)
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  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$115,762 8.93% Owen Bailey Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$141,012 10.87% Linda Krop Chief Counsel

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Defense Center (CA) 94.19 four stars
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (OR) 100.00 four stars
Michigan Environmental Council (MI) 90.28 four stars
Pinelands Preservation Alliance (NJ) 96.15 four stars
Washington Environmental Council (WA) 94.74 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

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

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Board Leadership

Judy Pirkowitsch
President

CEO

Owen Bailey
Executive Director

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