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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

California Native Plant Society

Preserving and Protecting California Native Plants and Their Habitats

93.47

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

Board Leadership
Cris Sarábia
President

CEO
Vince Scheidt
Interim Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.47
  Financial 91.68
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

91.68

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
73.4%
  Administrative Expenses 15.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.53
  Program Expenses Growth 21.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.9%
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 Feedback

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Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
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.
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California Native Plant Society (CA) 93.47
Conservation Lands Foundation (CO) 97.35
Alaska Conservation Foundation (AK) 87.32
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (FL) 93.45
Resource Central (CO) 90.11

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,531,654
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $540,846
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $212,053
Total Contributions $7,284,553
   Program Service Revenue $586,711
Total Primary Revenue $7,871,264
   Other Revenue $399,371
TOTAL REVENUE $8,270,635
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,766,749
   Administrative Expenses $426,647
   Fundraising Expenses $471,778
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,665,174
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,605,461
   
Net Assets $11,564,003

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 $1,562,514 56.5%
Conservation $491,149 17.8%
Engagement and Outreach $325,149 11.8%

Ratings History
California Native Plant Society has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-03 11/01/2021 93.47
2019-03 11/01/2020 90.97
2018-03 08/01/2019 93.87
2017-03 11/14/2018 88.85
2017-03 08/01/2018 87.82
2016-03 03/01/2018 83.41
2016-03 11/01/2017 81.33
2015-03 11/01/2016 88.34
2014-03 06/01/2016 83.20
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 08/01/2015 78.40

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$209,263 5.70% Dan Gluesenkamp Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California Native Plant Society (CA) 93.47
Resource Central (CO) 90.11
LightHawk (CO) 91.68
Conservation Lands Foundation (CO) 97.35
Oregon Natural Desert Association (OR) 91.44

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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

Cris Sarábia
President

CEO

Vince Scheidt
Interim Executive Director

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