Disable all preview features

Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Saving a national treasure

three stars

84.57

Philip Merrill Environmental Center 6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403
tel: (888) 728-3229   Web Site
EIN: 52-6065757

Board Leadership
Harry T. Lester
Chair

CEO
William Baker
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.57 three stars
  Financial 78.55 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the only independent organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States and a national resource in critical condition. Working throughout the Chesapeake's six-state, 64,000 square mile watershed, CBF educates, advocates, litigates, and restores. Our strategy is to hold governments accountable for fully implementing and enforcing clean water laws and regulations and for improving legislative and regulatory protections where appropriate. Our vision is that the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers will again be highly productive and in good health as measured by water quality standards.

Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the only independent organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States and a national resource in critical condition. Working throughout the Chesapeake's six-state, 64,000 square mile watershed, CBF educates, advocates, litigates, and restores. Our strategy is to hold governments accountable for fully implementing and enforcing clean water laws and regulations and for improving legislative and regulatory protections where appropriate. Our vision is that the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers will again be highly productive and in good health as measured by water quality standards.

Impact Information

GuideStar is Charity Navigator's trusted partner in sharing information on how this organization seeks impact.  GuideStar has recognized this organization with a Platinum Seal of Transparency for voluntarily and publicly sharing information about how they measure their progress and results.  Learn More about Impact Information.
Reported Results
Total in 2018
We define a Saved Bay as having a score of 70 (out of 100) on CBF's State of the Bay health index.
33
This impact information is current as of October 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

78.55

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
71.4%
  Administrative Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.40
  Program Expenses Growth 2.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chesapeake Bay Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chesapeake Bay Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chesapeake Bay Foundation (MD) 84.57 three stars
Orange County Coastkeeper (CA) 94.74 four stars
Clean Ocean Action (NJ) 99.87 four stars
Galveston Bay Foundation (TX) 88.19 three stars
The Ocean Foundation (DC) 96.46 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $23,752,476
   Federated Campaigns $273,773
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $862,176
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,606,495
Total Contributions $26,494,920
   Program Service Revenue $1,441,813
Total Primary Revenue $27,936,733
   Other Revenue $7,303,923
TOTAL REVENUE $35,240,656
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $18,701,917
   Administrative Expenses $2,401,211
   Fundraising Expenses $5,389,604
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $26,492,732
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $8,747,924
   
Net Assets $108,073,857

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
Environmental Protection and Restoration $11,700,340 56.8%
Education $6,235,327 30.3%
Communications $2,672,047 13.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 84.57 three stars
2017-06 11/01/2018 84.00 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 83.21 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 84.63 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 82.71 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 82.22 three stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 88.35 three stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 84.79 three stars
2011-06 03/01/2013 87.32 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 94.26 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 10/01/2010 77.58 two stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 81.50 three stars
2007-06 02/01/2009 95.59 four stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 88.13 three stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 88.24 three stars
2004-06 06/01/2005 72.85 two stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 85.15 three stars
2002-06 04/15/2003 97.72 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 83.17 three stars
2000-06 04/15/2002 90.95 four 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 52-6065757
Name in IRS Master File CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code C32
NTEE Classification Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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 April, 1966
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
$227,484 0.85% William C. Baker President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chesapeake Bay Foundation (MD) 84.57 three stars
Chesapeake Conservancy (MD) 96.93 four stars
Healthy Gulf (LA) 88.68 three stars
Gulf of Maine Research Institute (ME) 93.60 four stars
Buzzards Bay Coalition (MA) 91.87 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

Are you the representative for this organization? If so, click here to access the application form. As an official representative you will have the ability to update some of the information on this page.

Charity Contact Info

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Philip Merrill Environmental Center
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403
tel: (888) 728-3229
fax: (410) 268-6687
EIN: 52-6065757

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Harry T. Lester
Chair

CEO

William Baker
President

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.