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Animals : Wildlife Conservation

The Billfish Foundation

Advancing the conservation of Billfish & associated species to improve the health of oceans & economies

two stars

79.61

5100 North Federal Highway Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
tel: (800) 438-8247   Web Site
EIN: 59-2694327

Board Leadership
Keith English
Chairman

CEO
Ellen M. Peel
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.61 two stars
  Financial 78.32 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) was founded in 1986 with a mission of conserving billfish worldwide. TBF's keystone program, the traditional tagging program, was begun in 1990. Today, it has grown to be the largest international billfish tagging program in the world. TBF's initial focus was on research and educational programs. In 1990, TBF's focus was expanded to include advocacy for responsible fisheries management, recognizing that influencing decision makers with sound science was a crucial step in successful billfish conservation.

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) was founded in 1986 with a mission of conserving billfish worldwide. TBF's keystone program, the traditional tagging program, was begun in 1990. Today, it has grown to be the largest international billfish tagging program in the world. TBF's initial focus was on research and educational programs. In 1990, TBF's focus was expanded to include advocacy for responsible fisheries management, recognizing that influencing decision makers with sound science was a crucial step in successful billfish conservation.

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Financial

two stars

78.32

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
70.4%
  Administrative Expenses 23.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.79
  Program Expenses Growth -15.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Billfish Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Billfish Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Billfish Foundation (FL) 79.61 two stars
International Wolf Center (MN) 95.22 four stars
American Bird Conservancy (VA) 92.91 four stars
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (OR) 91.34 four stars
Save the Manatee Club (FL) 90.23 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $777,260
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $282,432
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,059,692
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,059,692
   Other Revenue $78,454
TOTAL REVENUE $1,138,146
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $840,116
   Administrative Expenses $304,597
   Fundraising Expenses $72,359
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,217,072
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-78,926
   
Net Assets $1,094,055

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
Research $219,277 26.1%
Release and Tagging Program $189,401 22.5%
Public Awareness $152,431 18.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 05/01/2018 79.61 two stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 81.43 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 80.95 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 73.17 two stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 74.85 two stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 82.19 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 83.12 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 59-2694327
Name in IRS Master File BILLFISH FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code D32
NTEE Classification Bird Sanctuary, Preserve
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (529) Ecology or conservation
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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, 1987
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$129,977 10.67% Ellen Peel President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Billfish Foundation (FL) 79.61 two stars
Primarily Primates (TX) 91.36 four stars
Polar Bears International (MT) 92.81 four stars
Snow Leopard Trust (WA) 93.73 four stars
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (OR) 91.34 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Billfish Foundation
5100 North Federal Highway
Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
tel: (800) 438-8247
fax: (954) 938-5311
EIN: 59-2694327

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Board Leadership

Keith English
Chairman

CEO

Ellen M. Peel
President

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