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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Mission Blue

Sylvia Earle Alliance

two stars

76.71

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 76.71 two stars
  Financial 75.49 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 78.00 two stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

two stars

75.49

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

78.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
63.8%
  Administrative Expenses 26.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.98
  Program Expenses Growth 1.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.5%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mission Blue (CA) 76.71 two stars
Coral Restoration Foundation (FL) 88.24 three stars
Coral Reef Alliance (CA) 91.55 four stars
Healthy Gulf (LA) 88.68 three stars
Center for Coastal Studies (MA) 90.17 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,591,693
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,591,693
   Program Service Revenue $176
Total Primary Revenue $1,591,869
   Other Revenue $645
TOTAL REVENUE $1,592,514
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $697,011
   Administrative Expenses $350,662
   Fundraising Expenses $121,938
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,169,611
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $422,903
   
Net Assets $1,201,912

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
Outreach Education $360,696 51.7%
Expeditions $263,100 37.7%
Hope Spot Global Framework $73,215 10.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$122,500 10.47% Laura Cassiani Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mission Blue (CA) 76.71 two stars
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Chesapeake Bay Trust (MD) 96.46 four stars
Surfrider Foundation (CA) 87.18 three stars
Ocean Conservancy (DC) 90.93 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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