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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

The Cousteau Society

Custodians of the sea since 1943

one star

55.70

P.O. Box 506 Etna, NH 03750
tel: (212) 532-2588   Web Site
EIN: 23-7337664

CEO
Francine Cousteau
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 55.70 one star
  Financial 59.74 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 52.00 zero star
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1973 by Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the Society has more than 50,000 members worldwide. Under the leadership of President Francine Cousteau, the Society continues the unique explorations and observations of ecosystems throughout the world that have helped millions of people understand and appreciate the fragility of life on our Water Planet. Half a century of protecting water systems has expanded to embrace a wide variety of programs to encourage communities to achieve sustainable harmony with Nature as the Cousteau Label program. Headquartered in Hampton, Virginia, membership-supported, not-for-profit environmental education organization, the Society is dedicated to the protection and improvement of the quality of life for present and future generations.

Founded in 1973 by Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the Society has more than 50,000 members worldwide. Under the leadership of President Francine Cousteau, the Society continues the unique explorations and observations of ecosystems throughout the world that have helped millions of people understand and appreciate the fragility of life on our Water Planet. Half a century of protecting water systems has expanded to embrace a wide variety of programs to encourage communities to achieve sustainable harmony with Nature as the Cousteau Label program. Headquartered in Hampton, Virginia, membership-supported, not-for-profit environmental education organization, the Society is dedicated to the protection and improvement of the quality of life for present and future generations.

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Financial

one star

59.74

Accountability & Transparency

zero star

52.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
50.5%
  Administrative Expenses 33.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.25
  Program Expenses Growth 2.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 32.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Cousteau Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Cousteau Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Cousteau Society (NH) 55.70 one star
League to Save Lake Tahoe (CA) 90.74 four stars
Great Swamp Watershed Association (NJ) 94.92 four stars
Alliance For The Great Lakes (IL) 92.29 four stars
SoundWaters (CT) 92.06 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,675,157
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,675,157
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,675,157
   Other Revenue $303,760
TOTAL REVENUE $1,978,917
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $627,120
   Administrative Expenses $485,515
   Fundraising Expenses $258,517
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,371,152
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $607,765
   
Net Assets $6,934,015

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
Research And Films $476,963 76.1%
Public Education $91,804 14.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 10/01/2019 55.70 one star
2016-12 06/01/2018 60.10 one star
2015-12 08/01/2017 57.99 one star
2014-12 08/01/2016 53.47 zero star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 23-7337664
Name in IRS Master File THE COUSTEAU SOCIETY INC
NTEE Code C60
NTEE Classification Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Scientific Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (199) Other scientific research activities
(351) Combating or preventing pollution (air, water, etc)
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 May, 1974
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
None reported -- Francine Cousteau President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Cousteau Society (NH) 55.70 one star
Mono Lake Committee (CA) 89.18 three stars
Clean Water Fund (DC) 89.35 three stars
Living Lands and Waters (IL) 88.95 three stars
Waterkeeper Alliance (NY) 91.82 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Cousteau Society
P.O. Box 506
Etna, NH 03750
tel: (212) 532-2588
EIN: 23-7337664

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CEO

Francine Cousteau
President

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