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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Mission Blue

Sylvia Earle Alliance

two stars

75.22

P.O. Box 6882 Napa, CA 94581
tel: (707) 492-6866   Web Site
EIN: 26-1892969

Board Leadership
Sylvia Earle
Chairman

CEO
Laura Cassiani
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 75.22 two stars
  Financial 73.56 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 77.00 two stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue is uniting a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots. Under Dr. Earle's leadership, the Mission Blue team implements communications campaigns that elevate Hope Spots to the world stage through documentaries, social media, traditional media and innovative tools like Google Earth. Mission Blue also embarks on regular oceanic expeditions that shed light on these vital ecosystems and build support for their protection. Currently, the Mission Blue alliance includes more than 200 respected ocean conservation groups and like-minded organizations, from large multinational companies to individual scientific teams doing important research.

Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue is uniting a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots. Under Dr. Earle's leadership, the Mission Blue team implements communications campaigns that elevate Hope Spots to the world stage through documentaries, social media, traditional media and innovative tools like Google Earth. Mission Blue also embarks on regular oceanic expeditions that shed light on these vital ecosystems and build support for their protection. Currently, the Mission Blue alliance includes more than 200 respected ocean conservation groups and like-minded organizations, from large multinational companies to individual scientific teams doing important research.

Financial

two stars

73.56

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

77.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
61.0%
  Administrative Expenses 25.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.17
  Program Expenses Growth 2.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mission Blue on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mission Blue on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mission Blue (CA) 75.22 two stars
Chesapeake Bay Foundation (MD) 86.20 three stars
Orange County Coastkeeper (CA) 94.15 four stars
Surfrider Foundation (CA) 90.69 four stars
Chesapeake Conservancy (MD) 96.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,864,002
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $3,275
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,867,277
   Program Service Revenue $30,946
Total Primary Revenue $1,898,223
   Other Revenue $4,781
TOTAL REVENUE $1,903,004
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,007,372
   Administrative Expenses $295,183
   Fundraising Expenses $243,966
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,546,521
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $356,483
   
Net Assets $1,554,777

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
Expeditions $454,877 45.2%
Outreach Education $348,805 34.6%
Hope Spot Global Framework $203,690 20.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 04/01/2021 75.22 two stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 76.71 two stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 80.39 three stars
2016-12 12/22/2017 71.34 two stars
2015-12 09/01/2017 67.90 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 26-1892969
Name in IRS Master File SYLVIA EARLE ALLIANCE MISSION BLUE
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
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 May, 2008
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
$120,000 7.75% Laura Cassiani Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$16,800 1.08% Dan Laffoley Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mission Blue (CA) 75.22 two stars
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast (FL) 100.00 four stars
Los Angeles Waterkeeper (CA) 88.11 three stars
Coastal Conservation League (SC) 94.30 four stars
Chesapeake Bay Trust (MD) 94.80 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Mission Blue
P.O. Box 6882
Napa, CA 94581
tel: (707) 492-6866
EIN: 26-1892969

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Board Leadership

Sylvia Earle
Chairman

CEO

Laura Cassiani
Executive Director

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