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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

Protecting and restoring biological and cultural diversity

two stars

74.33

15290 Coleman Valley Road Occidental, CA 95465
tel: (707) 874-1557   Web Site
EIN: 68-0359676

Board Leadership
Melissa Nelson
President

CEO
Dave Henson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 74.33 two stars
  Financial 87.30 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 66.00 one star
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) cultivates ecological literacy and builds the capacity of civic and social movement leaders and organizations to guide their own communities to an ecologically regenerative, economically viable, and socially just future.

Inspired by Nature, where diversity is a key indicator of the health of an ecosystem, we assist place-based communities in reorienting human economy and governance towards the restoration and stewardship of biological and cultural diversity. To realize our mission, we invest in projects and partnerships that address the root causes of the ecological, economic, and social crises of our time.

The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) cultivates ecological literacy and builds the capacity of civic and social movement leaders and organizations to guide their own communities to an ecologically regenerative, economically viable, and socially just future.

Inspired by Nature, where diversity is a key indicator of the health of an ecosystem, we assist place-based communities in reorienting human economy and governance towards the restoration and stewardship of biological and cultural diversity. To realize our mission, we invest in projects and partnerships that address the root causes of the ecological, economic, and social crises of our time.

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Financial

three stars

87.30

Accountability & Transparency

one star

66.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
70.1%
  Administrative Expenses 22.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.44
  Program Expenses Growth 6.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Occidental Arts & Ecology Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Occidental Arts & Ecology Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (CA) 74.33 two stars
Ecotrust (OR) 91.59 four stars
The Conservation Fund (VA) 89.38 three stars
Minnesota Environmental Fund (MN) 86.60 three stars
EarthShare Texas (TX) 92.92 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,295,390
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $8,413
Total Contributions $1,303,803
   Program Service Revenue $434,544
Total Primary Revenue $1,738,347
   Other Revenue $76,722
TOTAL REVENUE $1,815,069
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,719,333
   Administrative Expenses $462,307
   Fundraising Expenses $214,589
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,396,229
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-581,160
   
Net Assets $5,088,239

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
CalCAN $581,392 33.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 74.33 two stars
2018-12 12/01/2019 72.33 two stars
2017-12 10/01/2019 83.63 three stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 77.79 two stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 66.63 one star
2015-12 06/01/2017 86.12 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.00 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 78.36 two stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 78.59 two stars
2011-12 11/01/2013 78.36 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 68-0359676
Name in IRS Master File OCCIDENTAL ARTS AND ECOLOGY CENTER
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 (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(149) Other instruction and training
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, 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
$79,924 3.33% Dave Henson Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (CA) 74.33 two stars
The Marion Institute (MA) 85.84 three stars
Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (NC) 95.61 four stars
Western North Carolina Alliance (NC) 87.67 three stars
Community Environmental Council (CA) 89.32 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
15290 Coleman Valley Road
Occidental, CA 95465
tel: (707) 874-1557
EIN: 68-0359676

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Board Leadership

Melissa Nelson
President

CEO

Dave Henson
Executive Director

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