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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Blue Water Baltimore

Clean Water. Strong Communities.

four stars

90.95

2631 Sisson Street Baltimore, MD 21211
tel: (410) 254-1577   Web Site
EIN: 52-1420138

Board Leadership
Fiona Newton
Chair

CEO
Jenn Aoisa
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.95 four stars
  Financial 87.21 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Blue Water Baltimore's mission is to restore the quality of Baltimore's rivers, streams and harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities. To achieve our mission, we monitor water quality, train citizens to report pollution, advocate for stronger environmental laws and take legal action against polluters. We remove hard surfaces such as concrete and replace it with BMPs(Best Management Practices) such as bioretention which treats polluted runoff before it reaches our waterways. We implement these projects on public and private lands by engaging neighborhood residents, local schools and city agencies as partners. We engage schoolchildren in hands-on activities to teach them about the relationship between community health and healthy waterways. We plant and maintain thousands of trees each year in order to increase Baltimore City's tree canopy. Our work comprehensively addresses greening and public health goals in addition to improved water quality.

Blue Water Baltimore's mission is to restore the quality of Baltimore's rivers, streams and harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities. To achieve our mission, we monitor water quality, train citizens to report pollution, advocate for stronger environmental laws and take legal action against polluters. We remove hard surfaces such as concrete and replace it with BMPs(Best Management Practices) such as bioretention which treats polluted runoff before it reaches our waterways. We implement these projects on public and private lands by engaging neighborhood residents, local schools and city agencies as partners. We engage schoolchildren in hands-on activities to teach them about the relationship between community health and healthy waterways. We plant and maintain thousands of trees each year in order to increase Baltimore City's tree canopy. Our work comprehensively addresses greening and public health goals in addition to improved water quality.

Financial

three stars

87.21

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 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)
84.0%
  Administrative Expenses 11.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.31
  Program Expenses Growth 43.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 40.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blue Water Baltimore on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blue Water Baltimore on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blue Water Baltimore (MD) 90.95 four stars
American Whitewater (NC) 92.22 four stars
James River Association (VA) 88.07 three stars
Wolf River Conservancy (TN) 87.27 three stars
American Rivers (DC) 86.37 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,269,037
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $171,067
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,576,117
Total Contributions $4,016,221
   Program Service Revenue $285,253
Total Primary Revenue $4,301,474
   Other Revenue $258,554
TOTAL REVENUE $4,560,028
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,031,350
   Administrative Expenses $330,219
   Fundraising Expenses $154,317
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,515,886
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $44,142
   
Net Assets $993,648

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
Stormwater Reduction $2,522,693 62.6%
Greening/Nursery $842,976 20.9%
Water Quality $274,143 6.8%

Ratings History
Blue Water Baltimore has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 03/01/2018 90.95 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 91.57 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.52 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 92.69 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 92.26 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 88.15 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 92.73 four 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 52-1420138
Name in IRS Master File BLUE WATER BALTIMORE
NTEE Code C01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (351) Combating or preventing pollution (air, water, etc)
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 August, 1994
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$107,978 2.39% Letitia Van Der Gaag Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blue Water Baltimore (MD) 90.95 four stars
Stroud Water Research Center (PA) 89.69 three stars
American Rivers (DC) 86.37 three stars
River Network (CO) 88.96 three stars
Huron River Watershed Council (MI) 94.06 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Blue Water Baltimore
2631 Sisson Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
tel: (410) 254-1577
fax: (443) 872-8574
EIN: 52-1420138

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Board Leadership

Fiona Newton
Chair

CEO

Jenn Aoisa
Executive Director

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