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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Ecology Center

Working for a safe and healthy environment where people live, work and play

four stars

94.39

339 East Liberty Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
tel: (734) 761-3186   Web Site
EIN: 38-1912803

Board Leadership
Riyaz Kanji
President

CEO
Mike Garfield
Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.39 four stars
  Financial 96.27 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Ecology Center is a membership-based, nonprofit environmental organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded by community activists after the country's first Earth Day in 1970, the Ecology Center is now a regional leader that works for a safe and healthy environment where people live, work, and play. The Ecology Center is a Michigan-based nonprofit environmental organization that works at the local, state, and national levels for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice, and a sustainable future. The Ecology Center works for a just and healthy environment through grassroots organizing, advocacy, education, and demonstration projects. Today, our major programs are: Climate and Energy; Environmental Education; Environmental Health Project; HealthyStuff.org; Land Use; and Recycle Ann Arbor

The Ecology Center is a membership-based, nonprofit environmental organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded by community activists after the country's first Earth Day in 1970, the Ecology Center is now a regional leader that works for a safe and healthy environment where people live, work, and play. The Ecology Center is a Michigan-based nonprofit environmental organization that works at the local, state, and national levels for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice, and a sustainable future. The Ecology Center works for a just and healthy environment through grassroots organizing, advocacy, education, and demonstration projects. Today, our major programs are: Climate and Energy; Environmental Education; Environmental Health Project; HealthyStuff.org; Land Use; and Recycle Ann Arbor

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Financial

four stars

96.27

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
88.6%
  Administrative Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.91
  Program Expenses Growth 8.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ecology Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ecology Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ecology Center (MI) 94.39 four stars
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (FL) 89.62 three stars
LightHawk (CO) 85.34 three stars
Friends of the Earth (DC) 90.57 four stars
Communities for a Better Environment (CA) 85.18 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,256,699
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $13,405
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,270,104
   Program Service Revenue $244,344
Total Primary Revenue $2,514,448
   Other Revenue $17,848
TOTAL REVENUE $2,532,296
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,887,516
   Administrative Expenses $111,487
   Fundraising Expenses $88,134
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,087,137
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $445,159
   
Net Assets $1,889,061

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
Community Education $1,887,516 100.0%

Ratings History
Ecology Center has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 09/03/2019 94.39 four stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 93.09 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 98.21 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 98.23 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 96.66 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 96.29 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 91.33 four stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 80.09 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 88.98 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 92.26 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 38-1912803
Name in IRS Master File ECOLOGY CENTER INC
NTEE Code C60
NTEE Classification Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 December, 1970
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$74,730 3.58% Michael Garfield Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ecology Center (MI) 94.39 four stars
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (WA) 98.23 four stars
WILDCOAST (CA) 92.56 four stars
Sierra Club Foundation (CA) 95.21 four stars
The Conservation Foundation (IL) 93.62 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Ecology Center
339 East Liberty
Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
tel: (734) 761-3186
fax: (734) 663-2414
EIN: 38-1912803

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Board Leadership

Riyaz Kanji
President

CEO

Mike Garfield
Director

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