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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Ocean Conservancy

Start a sea change

94.13

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

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.13
  Financial 92.74
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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

92.74

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
77.1%
  Administrative Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.56
  Program Expenses Growth 11.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.9%
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) 94.13
North Carolina Coastal Federation (NC) 99.89
Orange County Coastkeeper (CA) 88.29
Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (WA) 89.32
Coastal Conservation League (SC) 94.46

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $31,325,640
   Federated Campaigns $280,981
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,387,500
Total Contributions $32,994,121
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $32,994,121
   Other Revenue $773,183
TOTAL REVENUE $33,767,304
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $24,813,728
   Administrative Expenses $2,400,704
   Fundraising Expenses $4,879,554
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $32,093,986
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,673,318
   
Net Assets $48,969,047

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
Ocean Policy Science and Governance $9,170,470 37.0%
Marine Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection $7,024,938 28.3%
Trash Free Seas $6,975,221 28.1%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 09/01/2021 94.13
2019-06 12/23/2020 94.03
2018-06 09/03/2019 90.93
2017-06 08/01/2018 91.97
2016-06 10/01/2017 88.54
2015-06 07/01/2016 90.87
2014-06 06/01/2016 86.63
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 88.53
2013-06 10/01/2014 92.63
2012-06 08/01/2013 82.44
2011-06 06/01/2012 85.07
2009-09 09/20/2011 89.64
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 10/01/2010 84.39
2008-09 03/01/2010 77.29
2007-09 12/01/2008 83.34
2006-09 08/01/2007 79.67
2005-09 07/01/2006 77.79
2004-04 04/01/2005 80.09
2003-04 03/01/2004 80.29
2002-04 04/15/2003 77.75

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$425,936 1.32% Janis Searles Jones CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ocean Conservancy (DC) 94.13
Buzzards Bay Coalition (MA) 91.11
Chesapeake Conservancy (MD) 97.09
Orange County Coastkeeper (CA) 88.29
EarthEcho International (DC) 97.06

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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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