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Research and Public Policy : Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Blue Biotechnology, Ocean Biogeochemistry and Climate Change, and Ocean Health

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four stars

96.10

60 Bigelow Drive East Boothbay, ME 04544
tel: (207) 315-2567   Web Site
EIN: 01-6006001

Board Leadership
Louise Bowditch
Chair

CEO
Deborah Bronk
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.10 four stars
  Financial 96.21 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences investigates the microbial drivers of global ocean processes through basic and applied research, education, and enterprise. What we are learning will be essential to the conservation and responsible use of the ocean and the many valuable services it provides. Research at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is organized around three core themes of Blue Biotechnology, Ocean Biogeochemistry and Climate Change, and Ocean Health. The Laboratory's 60,000 square-foot, shore-based campus is located in East Boothbay, Maine, on the Damariscotta River estuary.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences investigates the microbial drivers of global ocean processes through basic and applied research, education, and enterprise. What we are learning will be essential to the conservation and responsible use of the ocean and the many valuable services it provides. Research at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is organized around three core themes of Blue Biotechnology, Ocean Biogeochemistry and Climate Change, and Ocean Health. The Laboratory's 60,000 square-foot, shore-based campus is located in East Boothbay, Maine, on the Damariscotta River estuary.

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Financial

four stars

96.21

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
87.7%
  Administrative Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.59
  Program Expenses Growth 5.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 29.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (ME) 96.10 four stars
Institute of Noetic Sciences (CA) 92.50 four stars
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (DC) 95.43 four stars
SETI Institute (CA) 87.09 three stars
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (NY) 94.01 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,208,111
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $7,673,379
Total Contributions $9,881,490
   Program Service Revenue $1,472,461
Total Primary Revenue $11,353,951
   Other Revenue $165,852
TOTAL REVENUE $11,519,803
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,289,903
   Administrative Expenses $902,339
   Fundraising Expenses $576,325
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,768,567
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,248,764
   
Net Assets $35,300,025

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
Scientific and Educational Research $11,289,903 100.0%

Ratings History
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 96.10 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 96.66 four stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 95.80 four stars
2016-06 07/01/2017 94.15 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 01-6006001
Name in IRS Master File BIGELOW LABORATORY FOR OCEAN SCIENCES
NTEE Code U21
NTEE Classification Marine Science and Oceanography
NTEE Type Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
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, 1961
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Deborah Bronk President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (ME) 96.10 four stars
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MA) 92.08 four stars
American Association for the Advancement of Science (DC) 89.09 three stars
SETI Institute (CA) 87.09 three stars
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (DC) 88.73 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
60 Bigelow Drive
East Boothbay, ME 04544
tel: (207) 315-2567
fax: (207) 315-2329
EIN: 01-6006001

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Board Leadership

Louise Bowditch
Chair

CEO

Deborah Bronk
Chief Executive Officer

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