Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Saving a national treasure

three stars

86.20

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

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.20 three stars
  Financial 80.72 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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

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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 August 2020, 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

three stars

80.72

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
71.1%
  Administrative Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.40
  Program Expenses Growth 4.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.0%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $23,667,569
   Federated Campaigns $309,630
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $867,528
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,568,624
Total Contributions $26,413,351
   Program Service Revenue $1,547,757
Total Primary Revenue $27,961,108
   Other Revenue $1,875,865
TOTAL REVENUE $29,836,973
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $21,098,610
   Administrative Expenses $2,579,075
   Fundraising Expenses $5,602,636
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $29,280,321
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $556,652
   
Net Assets $111,503,840

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$236,014 0.80% William C. Baker President

Mission

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.

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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

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Board Leadership

Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow
Chair

CEO

William Baker
President