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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Columbia Riverkeeper

Protect, restore, & care for the Columbia River

three stars

86.28

407 Portway Avenue Suite 301
Hood River, OR 97031
tel: (541) 387-3030   Web Site
EIN: 91-1583492

Board Leadership
Rudy Salakory
President

CEO
Brett VandenHeuvel
Executive Director & Riverkeeper

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.28 three stars
  Financial 87.71 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Columbia Riverkeeper's mission is to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. All along the Columbia, we work with people in dozens of communities—rural and urban—with the same goals: protecting the health of their families and the places they love. We enforce environmental laws to stop illegal pollution, protect salmon habitat, and challenge harmful fossil fuel terminals. Legal work makes a difference. But lawsuits alone do not create the change we need. Change comes when people organize and stand together for something they believe in. Power shifts when conversations around kitchen tables grow into successful campaigns.

Columbia Riverkeeper's mission is to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. All along the Columbia, we work with people in dozens of communities—rural and urban—with the same goals: protecting the health of their families and the places they love. We enforce environmental laws to stop illegal pollution, protect salmon habitat, and challenge harmful fossil fuel terminals. Legal work makes a difference. But lawsuits alone do not create the change we need. Change comes when people organize and stand together for something they believe in. Power shifts when conversations around kitchen tables grow into successful campaigns.

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Financial

three stars

87.71

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 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)
81.0%
  Administrative Expenses 3.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.78
  Program Expenses Growth 6.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Columbia Riverkeeper on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Columbia Riverkeeper on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Columbia Riverkeeper (OR) 86.28 three stars
American Whitewater (NC) 97.05 four stars
Anacostia Watershed Society (MD) 91.28 four stars
American Rivers (DC) 91.28 four stars
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (GA) 94.13 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,504,922
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $4,895
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,509,817
   Program Service Revenue $87,546
Total Primary Revenue $1,597,363
   Other Revenue $63,079
TOTAL REVENUE $1,660,442
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $955,079
   Administrative Expenses $39,688
   Fundraising Expenses $196,093
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,190,860
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $469,582
   
Net Assets $1,927,271

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
Engaging River Communities $393,895 41.2%
Protecting Our Region from Fossil Fuels $319,776 33.5%
Fighting for Clean Water and Salmon $241,408 25.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 04/01/2020 86.28 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 91-1583492
Name in IRS Master File COLUMBIA RIVERKEEPER
NTEE Code C01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (351) Combating or preventing pollution (air, water, etc)
(149) Other instruction and training
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, 1994
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
$82,000 6.88% Brett VandenHeuvel Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Columbia Riverkeeper (OR) 86.28 three stars
Huron River Watershed Council (MI) 96.21 four stars
River Network (CO) 94.78 four stars
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (GA) 94.13 four stars
Delaware Riverkeeper Network (PA) 86.94 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Columbia Riverkeeper
407 Portway Avenue
Suite 301
Hood River, OR 97031
tel: (541) 387-3030
EIN: 91-1583492

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Board Leadership

Rudy Salakory
President

CEO

Brett VandenHeuvel
Executive Director & Riverkeeper

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