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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Wolf River Conservancy

Preserving the Wonder of the Wolf

three stars

86.64

2693 Union Avenue Suite 205
Memphis, TN 38112
tel: (901) 452-6500   Web Site
EIN: 62-1245975

Board Leadership
James McDonald III
President

CEO
Keith Cole
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.64 three stars
  Financial 81.54 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Wolf River Conservancy (WRC) was founded in 1985 when a group of volunteers came together to successfully oppose a new gravel mine along the Wolf River near Summer Avenue in Memphis. Since 1985, the Wolf River Conservancy has expanded its mission, its staff, its resources, and its membership. It has helped to protect over 16000 acres in the Wolf River corridor, including the beautiful Ghost River State Natural Area, launched the transformational Wolf River Greenway project, and connected thousands of people of all ages to the Wolf River through education and recreation programs. Its vision includes the protection and enhancement of the entire Wolf River floodplain, from its origins at Baker's Pond in North Mississippi to its confluence with the Mississippi River in Memphis, thereby providing a recreation and wildlife corridor of over 90 miles while protecting critical aquifer recharge areas for public drinking water.

The Wolf River Conservancy (WRC) was founded in 1985 when a group of volunteers came together to successfully oppose a new gravel mine along the Wolf River near Summer Avenue in Memphis. Since 1985, the Wolf River Conservancy has expanded its mission, its staff, its resources, and its membership. It has helped to protect over 16000 acres in the Wolf River corridor, including the beautiful Ghost River State Natural Area, launched the transformational Wolf River Greenway project, and connected thousands of people of all ages to the Wolf River through education and recreation programs. Its vision includes the protection and enhancement of the entire Wolf River floodplain, from its origins at Baker's Pond in North Mississippi to its confluence with the Mississippi River in Memphis, thereby providing a recreation and wildlife corridor of over 90 miles while protecting critical aquifer recharge areas for public drinking water.

Financial

three stars

81.54

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
56.4%
  Administrative Expenses 23.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 21.28
  Program Expenses Growth 8.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wolf River Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wolf River Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wolf River Conservancy (TN) 86.64 three stars
American Rivers (DC) 86.37 three stars
San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust (CA) 90.56 four stars
James River Association (VA) 88.07 three stars
Huron River Watershed Council (MI) 93.45 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,229,396
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,229,396
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,229,396
   Other Revenue $147,424
TOTAL REVENUE $2,376,820
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $651,966
   Administrative Expenses $303,819
   Fundraising Expenses $216,717
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,172,502
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,204,318
   
Net Assets $24,903,477

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 and Maintain Natural Greenway $582,458 89.3%
Educational Programs $6,067 0.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 86.64 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 87.27 three stars
2015-12 09/01/2017 87.65 three 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 62-1245975
Name in IRS Master File WOLF RIVER CONSERVANCY INC
NTEE Code C34
NTEE Classification Land Resources Conservation
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)
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 October, 1985
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
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$102,859 8.77% Keith Cole Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wolf River Conservancy (TN) 86.64 three stars
Delaware Riverkeeper Network (PA) 88.44 three stars
Stroud Water Research Center (PA) 91.98 four stars
American Whitewater (NC) 92.22 four stars
Great River Greening (MN) 92.92 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Wolf River Conservancy
2693 Union Avenue
Suite 205
Memphis, TN 38112
tel: (901) 452-6500
fax: (901) 207-4918
EIN: 62-1245975

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 11031
Memphis, TN 38111

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Board Leadership

James McDonald III
President

CEO

Keith Cole
Executive Director

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