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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

California Native Plant Society

Preserving and Protecting California Native Plants and Their Habitats

four stars

93.87

2707 K Street Suite 1
Sacramento, CA 95816
tel: (916) 447-2677   Web Site
EIN: 94-6116403

Board Leadership
Steve Hartman
President

CEO
Daniel Gluesenkamp
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.87 four stars
  Financial 92.31 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants. Our nearly 10,000 members work to promote native plant appreciation, research, education, and conservation through our five statewide programs and 35 regional chapters in California. Through membership in CNPS, Californians of all walks of life are able to support and engage in opportunities to experience and learn about native plants and their habitats, gardening and landscaping with native plants, restoration of habitat areas, and conservation issues throughout the state.

The mission of California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants. Our nearly 10,000 members work to promote native plant appreciation, research, education, and conservation through our five statewide programs and 35 regional chapters in California. Through membership in CNPS, Californians of all walks of life are able to support and engage in opportunities to experience and learn about native plants and their habitats, gardening and landscaping with native plants, restoration of habitat areas, and conservation issues throughout the state.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of paid participants in conferences
1,300
Number of rare species populations mapped by RPTH
60
Number of volunteers participating in Rare Plant Treasure Hunts
230
Number of professionals completing plant science training workshops
369
Number of plant science surveys completed
300
Number of volunteers
800
Number of Rare Plant Treasure Hunts
70
Number of rare species prepared for seed banking
10
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

92.31

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
73.3%
  Administrative Expenses 18.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.66
  Program Expenses Growth 8.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by California Native Plant Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by California Native Plant Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Quarterly meetings of CNPS Chapter Council
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
Note: This organization did not answer this question
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California Native Plant Society (CA) 93.87 four stars
The Conservation Foundation (IL) 96.04 four stars
Conservation Lands Foundation (CO) 97.15 four stars
American Wind Wildlife Institute (DC) 89.34 three stars
The Adirondack Council (NY) 94.94 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,383,824
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $516,424
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,900,248
   Program Service Revenue $985,213
Total Primary Revenue $3,885,461
   Other Revenue $328,484
TOTAL REVENUE $4,213,945
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,077,530
   Administrative Expenses $482,525
   Fundraising Expenses $198,046
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,758,101
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,455,844
   
Net Assets $6,812,554

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
The Plant Science Program $712,763 34.3%
Engagement and Outreach $545,174 26.2%
Chapter Support $488,014 23.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-03 08/01/2019 93.87 four stars
2017-03 11/14/2018 88.85 three stars
2017-03 08/01/2018 87.82 three stars
2016-03 03/01/2018 83.41 three stars
2016-03 11/01/2017 81.33 three stars
2015-03 11/01/2016 88.34 three stars
2014-03 06/01/2016 83.20 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 08/01/2015 78.40 two 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 94-6116403
Name in IRS Master File CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (402) Other activity aimed t combating community deterioration
(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 September, 1965
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
$143,823 5.21% Dan Gluesenkamp Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California Native Plant Society (CA) 93.87 four stars
Resource Central (CO) 93.57 four stars
Sky Island Alliance (AZ) 96.18 four stars
Student Conservation Association (VA) 86.85 three stars
Conservation Strategy Fund (CA) 93.27 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

California Native Plant Society
2707 K Street
Suite 1
Sacramento, CA 95816
tel: (916) 447-2677
fax: (916) 447-2727
EIN: 94-6116403

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Board Leadership

Steve Hartman
President

CEO

Daniel Gluesenkamp
Executive Director

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