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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Saving a national treasure

83.66

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

Board Leadership
Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow
Chair

CEO
William Baker
President

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.66
  Financial 77.10
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

77.10

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 10/01/2021 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)
70.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 20.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.89
  Program Expenses Growth 3.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.0%
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) 83.66
Coral Reef Alliance (CA) 85.22
Ocean Conservancy (DC) 94.13
Center for Coastal Studies (MA) 91.33
North Carolina Coastal Federation (NC) 99.89

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $30,180,091
   Federated Campaigns $271,105
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $684,303
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $954,733
Total Contributions $32,090,232
   Program Service Revenue $1,153,629
Total Primary Revenue $33,243,861
   Other Revenue $4,392,066
TOTAL REVENUE $37,635,927
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $19,954,779
   Administrative Expenses $2,574,827
   Fundraising Expenses $6,387,025
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $28,916,631
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $8,719,296
   
Net Assets $119,955,897

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 $13,025,501 57.4%
Education $6,617,421 29.1%
Communications $3,067,902 13.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 10/01/2021 83.66
2019-06 11/01/2020 86.20
2018-06 09/03/2019 84.57
2017-06 11/01/2018 84.00
2016-06 02/01/2018 83.21
2015-06 10/01/2016 84.63
2014-06 06/01/2016 82.71
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 82.22
2013-06 12/22/2014 88.35
2012-06 11/01/2013 84.79
2011-06 03/01/2013 87.32
2010-06 09/20/2011 94.26
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 10/01/2010 77.58
2008-06 10/01/2009 81.50
2007-06 02/01/2009 95.59
2006-06 07/01/2007 88.13
2005-06 06/01/2006 88.24
2004-06 06/01/2005 72.85
2003-06 10/01/2004 85.15
2002-06 04/15/2003 97.72

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
$255,270 0.88% William C. Baker President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chesapeake Bay Foundation (MD) 83.66
Heal the Bay (CA) 85.50
North Carolina Coastal Federation (NC) 99.89
Coastal Conservation League (SC) 94.46
Buzzards Bay Coalition (MA) 91.11

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

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Board Leadership

Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow
Chair

CEO

William Baker
President

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