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The Orion Society

Informing, inspiring, and engaging individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community

two stars

71.35

187 Main Street Great Barrington, MA 01230
tel: (888) 909-6568   Web Site
EIN: 22-3508064

Board Leadership
Christopher Nye & Martha Schubert
Co-Chair

CEO
H. Emerson Blake
Editor in Chief and Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 71.35 two stars
  Financial 62.78 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 84.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since it's first publication in 1982, Orion has become a focal point in an extraordinarily rich period of nature writing, and it has remained true to that core conviction, though the magazine has evolved into a bimonthly and the range of its interests has broadened to include not only environmental but cultural concerns. Orion's mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community.

Since it's first publication in 1982, Orion has become a focal point in an extraordinarily rich period of nature writing, and it has remained true to that core conviction, though the magazine has evolved into a bimonthly and the range of its interests has broadened to include not only environmental but cultural concerns. Orion's mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community.

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Financial

one star

62.78

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

84.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
66.9%
  Administrative Expenses 29.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth -15.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 89.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Orion Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Orion Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Orion Society (MA) 71.35 two stars
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Type Media Center (NY) 94.34 four stars
Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 88.12 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $609,639
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $609,639
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $609,639
   Other Revenue $260,118
TOTAL REVENUE $869,757
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $527,209
   Administrative Expenses $299,394
   Fundraising Expenses $31,516
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $858,119
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $11,638
   
Net Assets $18,099

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
Orion Publications $474,865 90.1%
Orion Books and Events $52,344 9.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 71.35 two stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 72.25 two stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 70.25 two stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 61.96 one star
2014-12 07/01/2016 73.76 two stars
2013-12 06/01/2016 72.24 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 04/01/2015 73.67 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 22-3508064
Name in IRS Master File ORION SOCIETY
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(92) Literary 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 May, 1997
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$100,000 11.65% H. Emerson Blake Jr. President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Orion Society (MA) 71.35 two stars
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GRIST (WA) 88.73 three stars
Type Media Center (NY) 94.34 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Orion Society
187 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
tel: (888) 909-6568
EIN: 22-3508064

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Board Leadership

Christopher Nye & Martha Schubert
Co-Chair

CEO

H. Emerson Blake
Editor in Chief and Executive Director

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