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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Ocean Conservancy

Start a sea change

four stars

94.03

1300 Nineteenth Street, NW 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (800) 519-1541   Web Site
EIN: 23-7245152

Board Leadership
Suzanne Woolsey
Chair

CEO
Janis Searles Jones
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.03 four stars
  Financial 92.57 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1972, Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through research, education, and science-based advocacy, Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans. In all its work, Ocean Conservancy strives to be the world's foremost advocate for the oceans. Ocean Conservancy's four strategic priorities reflect the critical ocean conservation issues that will be the main focus of our efforts, including restoring sustainable American fisheries, protecting wildlife from human impacts, conserving special ocean places, and reforming government for better ocean stewardship.

Founded in 1972, Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through research, education, and science-based advocacy, Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans. In all its work, Ocean Conservancy strives to be the world's foremost advocate for the oceans. Ocean Conservancy's four strategic priorities reflect the critical ocean conservation issues that will be the main focus of our efforts, including restoring sustainable American fisheries, protecting wildlife from human impacts, conserving special ocean places, and reforming government for better ocean stewardship.

Financial

four stars

92.57

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 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)
76.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.61
  Program Expenses Growth 12.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ocean Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ocean Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ocean Conservancy (DC) 94.03 four stars
Chesapeake Bay Foundation (MD) 86.20 three stars
Heal the Bay (CA) 85.50 three stars
Los Angeles Waterkeeper (CA) 88.11 three stars
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast (FL) 100.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $27,433,946
   Federated Campaigns $180,685
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $549,001
Total Contributions $28,163,632
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $28,163,632
   Other Revenue $2,704,870
TOTAL REVENUE $30,868,502
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $23,267,167
   Administrative Expenses $2,455,495
   Fundraising Expenses $4,376,381
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $30,099,043
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $769,459
   
Net Assets $45,988,616

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
Marine Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection $5,954,754 25.6%
Trash Free Seas $5,460,682 23.5%
Ocean Policy Science and Governance $5,351,623 23.0%

Ratings History
Ocean Conservancy has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/23/2020 94.03 four stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 90.93 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 91.97 four stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 88.54 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 90.87 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 86.63 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 88.53 three stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 92.63 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 82.44 three stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 85.07 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 89.64 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 10/01/2010 84.39 three stars
2008-09 03/01/2010 77.29 two stars
2007-09 12/01/2008 83.34 three stars
2006-09 08/01/2007 79.67 two stars
2005-09 07/01/2006 77.79 two stars
2004-04 04/01/2005 80.09 three stars
2003-04 03/01/2004 80.29 three stars
2002-04 04/15/2003 77.75 two stars
2001-04 10/15/2002 79.86 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 23-7245152
Name in IRS Master File OCEAN CONSERVANCY INC
NTEE Code C32
NTEE Classification Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (125) Giving information or opinion (see also Advocacy)
(529) Ecology or conservation
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
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 December, 1972
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$375,118 1.24% Janis Jones President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ocean Conservancy (DC) 94.03 four stars
Healthy Gulf (LA) 86.59 three stars
Surfrider Foundation (CA) 90.69 four stars
The Ocean Foundation (DC) 95.00 four stars
WILDCOAST (CA) 96.19 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Ocean Conservancy
1300 Nineteenth Street, NW
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (800) 519-1541
fax: (202) 872-0619
EIN: 23-7245152

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Board Leadership

Suzanne Woolsey
Chair

CEO

Janis Searles Jones
CEO

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