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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Nature and Culture International

Preserving biologically diverse ecosystems in concert with local people in Latin America.

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Impact Information is available from our partner, Classy

four stars

93.91

1400 Maiden Lane Del Mar, CA 92014
tel: (858) 259-0374   Web Site
EIN: 33-0773524

Board Leadership
David Welborn
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Matthew Clark
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.91 four stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1996, Nature and Culture International (NCI) has been working to protect some of the planet's most important and endangered ecosystems. We believe that the most effective way to do so is through bottom-up conservation with local communities, indigenous groups and governments. Through 17 offices in Latin America staffed by dedicated conservationists, we have helped protect nearly 14 million acres to date. Now, our goal is to save 20 million acres by 2020. By giving to NCI, you can help prevent irreparable damage to our environment, the extinction of exceptional species, and the disappearance of ancient cultures.

Since 1996, Nature and Culture International (NCI) has been working to protect some of the planet's most important and endangered ecosystems. We believe that the most effective way to do so is through bottom-up conservation with local communities, indigenous groups and governments. Through 17 offices in Latin America staffed by dedicated conservationists, we have helped protect nearly 14 million acres to date. Now, our goal is to save 20 million acres by 2020. By giving to NCI, you can help prevent irreparable damage to our environment, the extinction of exceptional species, and the disappearance of ancient cultures.

Impact Information

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Program Name: Conserving Water and Biodiversity in the Andes Mountains
Problem

Throughout Ecuador's Andes, deforestation and poor watershed management have caused declines in water quality, quantity and an increase in water-borne disease. In the last 20 years the number of clinical cases has more than doubled, outstripping population growth. 62,000 cases were reported in 2010 with costs of health care and missed workdays estimated at $5 million. The Andes contain 1/6th of the world’s plant species on less than 1% of its land mass, but deforestation threatens this richness.

Strategy

Our primary strategy is to support municipalities in the creation of reserves that protect the forested watersheds that provide clean water to hundreds of thousands of people and conserve biodiversity. Just as importantly, we're implementing an innovative conservation financing mechanism through a Regional Water Fund called FONAPA, through which municipalities collect a fee from water users, generating funds for conservation within the reserves such as reforestation and environmental education.

IF:THEN

IF NCI catalyzes and guides the creation of new protected areas,...

THEN further deforestation will be prevented.

IF Further deforestation is prevented,...

THEN Water quality will increase, species will be protected, and carbon emissions will be avoided.

IF Water quality increases,...

THEN Instances of waterborne illness in the local populations will decrease.

IF NCI continues to refine and expand the FONAPA Regional Water Fund,...

THEN Conservation activities will continue to be funded through a sustainable financing mechanism.

IF Local people pay a small fee for their water use (i.e. pay into conservation),...

THEN They will have more confidence in their water supply and feel more committed to protecting the environment.

IF NCI works directly with local governments to create new protected areas,...

THEN The capacity of local governments to declare and manage protected areas will be enhanced.
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This impact information is current as of October 2018, when it was provided to us by Classy. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 05/01/2018 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)
89.9%
  Administrative Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.55
  Program Expenses Growth 14.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 23.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Nature and Culture International on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Nature and Culture International on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Nature and Culture International (CA) 93.91 four stars
Appalachian Trail Conservancy (WV) 94.19 four stars
Rocky Mountain Conservancy (CO) 96.63 four stars
Seacology (CA) 97.98 four stars
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (MT) 92.74 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,652,075
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,652,075
   Program Service Revenue $187,214
Total Primary Revenue $5,839,289
   Other Revenue $15,244
TOTAL REVENUE $5,854,533
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,614,551
   Administrative Expenses $307,286
   Fundraising Expenses $439,671
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,361,508
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-506,975
   
Net Assets $4,038,109

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
Latin American Conservation Programs $5,108,061 91.0%
Science $259,795 4.6%
Environmental Policy $194,537 3.5%

Ratings History
Nature and Culture International has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 05/01/2018 93.91 four stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 96.46 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 96.46 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 97.55 four stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 93.89 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 33-0773524
Name in IRS Master File NATURE AND CULTURE INTERNATIONAL
NTEE Code C20
NTEE Classification Pollution Abatement and Control Services
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(379) Other conservation, environmental or beautification 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 June, 1998
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • 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
$148,455 2.33% Byron Swift President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Nature and Culture International (CA) 93.91 four stars
Appalachian Trail Conservancy (WV) 94.19 four stars
The Wild Center (NY) 86.69 three stars
Fontenelle Forest (NE) 87.95 three stars
Conservation International (VA) 95.88 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Nature and Culture International
1400 Maiden Lane
Del Mar, CA 92014
tel: (858) 259-0374
fax: (858) 259-1815
EIN: 33-0773524

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Board Leadership

David Welborn
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Matthew Clark
President and CEO

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