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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Biomimicry Institute

Creating nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet

three stars

82.23

P.O. Box 9216 Missoula, MT 59807
tel: (415) 800-1401   Web Site
EIN: 86-1153859

Board Leadership
Lauren Birney
President

CEO
Beth Rattner
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.23 three stars
  Financial 83.57 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The purpose of the Biomimicry Institute is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design. The Biomimicry Institute was founded in 2006 by Janine Benyus and Bryony Schwan to share nature's design lessons with the people who design and make our world. Our goal today is for biomimicry to become a natural part of the design process. We accomplish this by tackling one massive sustainability problem at a time through our Design Challenges platform, mobilizing tens of thousands of practitioners with the support of the Global Biomimicry Network to solve the challenge, and then providing those practitioners with AskNature as a tool to begin the solution process. We anticipate dozens of new biomimetic innovations will result, creating a healthier world for all.

The purpose of the Biomimicry Institute is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design. The Biomimicry Institute was founded in 2006 by Janine Benyus and Bryony Schwan to share nature's design lessons with the people who design and make our world. Our goal today is for biomimicry to become a natural part of the design process. We accomplish this by tackling one massive sustainability problem at a time through our Design Challenges platform, mobilizing tens of thousands of practitioners with the support of the Global Biomimicry Network to solve the challenge, and then providing those practitioners with AskNature as a tool to begin the solution process. We anticipate dozens of new biomimetic innovations will result, creating a healthier world for all.

Financial

three stars

83.57

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
76.7%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.59
  Program Expenses Growth 5.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Biomimicry Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Biomimicry Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Biomimicry Institute (MT) 82.23 three stars
Captain Planet Foundation (GA) 94.69 four stars
Earth Force (CO) 87.62 three stars
Teton Science Schools (WY) 90.23 four stars
Hitchcock Center (MA) 86.71 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,130,639
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,130,639
   Program Service Revenue $73,636
Total Primary Revenue $1,204,275
   Other Revenue $13,608
TOTAL REVENUE $1,217,883
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $996,841
   Administrative Expenses $96,628
   Fundraising Expenses $207,639
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,301,108
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-83,225
   
Net Assets $640,287

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
Design Challenges & Education $797,128 80.0%
AskNature $199,713 20.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 82.23 three stars
2017-12 07/01/2019 84.21 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 80.43 three stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 78.28 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 86-1153859
Name in IRS Master File THE BIOMIMICRY INSTITUTE
NTEE Code U50
NTEE Classification Biological, Life Science Research
NTEE Type Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services
Classification Scientific Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 February, 2007
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$122,009 9.37% Beth Rattner Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Biomimicry Institute (MT) 82.23 three stars
Captain Planet Foundation (GA) 94.69 four stars
North Cascades Institute (WA) 94.15 four stars
Hitchcock Center (MA) 86.71 three stars
Second Nature (MA) 90.88 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Biomimicry Institute
P.O. Box 9216
Missoula, MT 59807
tel: (415) 800-1401
EIN: 86-1153859

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Board Leadership

Lauren Birney
President

CEO

Beth Rattner
Executive Director

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