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Animals : Wildlife Conservation

Boreal Songbird Initiative

Keep the Forest Singing

two stars

76.59

1904 Third Avenue Suite 305
Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (206) 956-9040   Web Site
EIN: 91-2158784

Board Leadership
Cathy Wilkinson
President

CEO
Lane Nothman
Managing Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 76.59 two stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 67.00 one star
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Boreal Songbird Initiative (BSI) is dedicated to outreach and education about the importance of the boreal forest region to North America's birds, other wildlife, and the global environment. Why is a United States organization working to protect the Canadian boreal forest? Because it is one of the largest intact forest ecosystems left on earth and it is critical to North American birds. International attention is a key part of conserving the Canadian boreal because of the volume of trade between the U.S. and Canada.

The Boreal Songbird Initiative (BSI) is dedicated to outreach and education about the importance of the boreal forest region to North America's birds, other wildlife, and the global environment. Why is a United States organization working to protect the Canadian boreal forest? Because it is one of the largest intact forest ecosystems left on earth and it is critical to North American birds. International attention is a key part of conserving the Canadian boreal because of the volume of trade between the U.S. and Canada.

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

one star

67.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
93.8%
  Administrative Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.02
  Program Expenses Growth 16.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Boreal Songbird Initiative on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Boreal Songbird Initiative on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Boreal Songbird Initiative (WA) 76.59 two stars
WildAid (CA) 96.48 four stars
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Wildlife Conservation Network (CA) 98.23 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,334,549
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,334,549
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,334,549
   Other Revenue $45,645
TOTAL REVENUE $3,380,194
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,270,744
   Administrative Expenses $252,274
   Fundraising Expenses $14,458
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,537,476
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,157,282
   
Net Assets $3,930,316

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
Science $1,708,298 40.0%
Communications $1,708,298 40.0%
Education Outreach $854,148 20.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-03 11/01/2020 76.59 two stars
2018-03 06/01/2019 81.61 three stars
2017-03 09/01/2018 76.59 two stars
2016-03 04/01/2017 76.59 two stars
2015-03 06/01/2016 86.79 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 10/01/2015 76.23 two stars
2013-03 07/01/2014 82.97 three stars
2012-03 05/01/2013 75.67 two stars
2011-03 09/01/2012 81.79 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 91-2158784
Name in IRS Master File BOREAL SONGBIRD INITIATIVE
NTEE Code C34
NTEE Classification Land Resources Conservation
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 March, 2002
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, 2018
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$121,453 2.67% Lane Nothman Program Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Boreal Songbird Initiative (WA) 76.59 two stars
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Charity Contact Info

Boreal Songbird Initiative
1904 Third Avenue
Suite 305
Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (206) 956-9040
fax: (206) 447-4824
EIN: 91-2158784

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Board Leadership

Cathy Wilkinson
President

CEO

Lane Nothman
Managing Director

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