Disable all preview features

Animals : Wildlife Conservation

Polar Bears International

Conserving polar bears and the sea ice they depend on.

four stars

94.62

P.O. Box 3008 Bozeman, MT 59772
tel: (406) 586-9416   Web Site
EIN: 77-0322706

Board Leadership
John Kelleher
Chair

CEO
Krista Wright
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.62 four stars
  Financial 92.40 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Polar Bears International's mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. Through media, science, and advocacy, we work to inspire people to care about the Arctic, the threats to its future, and the connection between this remote region and our global climate. We serve as the global resource for information regarding polar bears and their habitat and are the leading voice on climate warming impacts to polar bears and their Arctic home while actively seeking solutions through education, advocacy, and action. We conduct, support, and share scientific research that informs polar bear conservation and educate an international audience about polar bear conservation and provide mentorship for the actions that will help ensure their survival.

Polar Bears International's mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. Through media, science, and advocacy, we work to inspire people to care about the Arctic, the threats to its future, and the connection between this remote region and our global climate. We serve as the global resource for information regarding polar bears and their habitat and are the leading voice on climate warming impacts to polar bears and their Arctic home while actively seeking solutions through education, advocacy, and action. We conduct, support, and share scientific research that informs polar bear conservation and educate an international audience about polar bear conservation and provide mentorship for the actions that will help ensure their survival.

Financial

four stars

92.40

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 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)
75.9%
  Administrative Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.97
  Program Expenses Growth 21.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Polar Bears International on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Polar Bears International on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Polar Bears International (MT) 94.62 four stars
The Peregrine Fund (ID) 91.17 four stars
Panthera Corporation (NY) 87.99 three stars
Orangutan Foundation International (CA) 95.12 four stars
International Crane Foundation (WI) 91.72 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,543,582
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $272,880
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,816,462
   Program Service Revenue $188,928
Total Primary Revenue $3,005,390
   Other Revenue $-196,315
TOTAL REVENUE $2,809,075
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,928,956
   Administrative Expenses $247,050
   Fundraising Expenses $325,801
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,501,807
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $307,268
   
Net Assets $4,291,946

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
Education $1,377,247 71.4%
Research in the Field $551,709 28.6%

Ratings History
Polar Bears International has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 05/01/2021 94.62 four stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 92.81 four stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 86.52 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 84.28 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 82.51 three stars
2014-12 12/21/2016 80.74 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 78.39 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 79.26 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 77-0322706
Name in IRS Master File POLAR BEARS INTERNATIONAL
NTEE Code D05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Animal-Related
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
(124) Study and research (non-scientific)
(125) Giving information or opinion (see also Advocacy)
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 January, 1994
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$88,878 3.55% Krista Wright Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Polar Bears International (MT) 94.62 four stars
Wildlife Center of Virginia (VA) 95.58 four stars
EcoHealth Alliance (NY) 92.92 four stars
Ocean Alliance (MA) 91.83 four stars
American Bird Conservancy (VA) 94.26 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

Polar Bears International
P.O. Box 3008
Bozeman, MT 59772
tel: (406) 586-9416
EIN: 77-0322706

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

John Kelleher
Chair

CEO

Krista Wright
Executive Director

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.