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Animals : Wildlife Conservation

Defenders of Wildlife

Dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities

three stars

81.44

1130 Seventeenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
tel: (800) 385-9712   Web Site
EIN: 53-0183181

Board Leadership
Judith Posnikoff
Chair

CEO
Jamie Rappaport Clark
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.44 three stars
  Financial 74.07 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is one of the country's leaders in science-based, results-oriented wildlife conservation. We are committed to saving imperiled wildlife and championing the Endangered Species Act, the landmark law that protects them. Defenders of Wildlife is a national membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. We work to protect and restore America's native wildlife, safeguard habitat, resolve conflicts, work across international borders and educate and mobilize the public.

Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is one of the country's leaders in science-based, results-oriented wildlife conservation. We are committed to saving imperiled wildlife and championing the Endangered Species Act, the landmark law that protects them. Defenders of Wildlife is a national membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. We work to protect and restore America's native wildlife, safeguard habitat, resolve conflicts, work across international borders and educate and mobilize the public.

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Financial

two stars

74.07

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
73.0%
  Administrative Expenses 12.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.83
  Program Expenses Growth -2.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 26.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Defenders of Wildlife on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Defenders of Wildlife on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Defenders of Wildlife (DC) 81.44 three stars
WILD Foundation (CO) 96.66 four stars
Ocean Alliance (MA) 86.33 three stars
The Peregrine Fund (ID) 94.34 four stars
Turtle Island Restoration Network (CA) 96.56 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $27,942,089
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $282,704
   Related Organizations $52,271
   Government Grants $26,023
Total Contributions $28,303,087
   Program Service Revenue $126,780
Total Primary Revenue $28,429,867
   Other Revenue $975,875
TOTAL REVENUE $29,405,742
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $20,617,115
   Administrative Expenses $4,233,100
   Fundraising Expenses $4,345,263
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $29,195,478
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $210,264
   
Net Assets $26,163,788

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
Key Species $10,168,344 42.5%
Endangered Species Act $7,200,174 30.1%
Habitat $6,544,504 27.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-09 10/01/2017 81.44 three stars
2015-09 10/01/2016 83.98 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 86.71 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 86.21 three stars
2013-09 08/01/2014 88.36 three stars
2012-09 05/01/2013 81.80 three stars
2011-09 10/01/2012 71.79 two stars
2011-09 09/01/2012 72.13 two stars
2011-09 06/01/2012 83.90 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 83.28 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 77.17 two stars
2008-09 03/01/2010 83.09 three stars
2007-09 03/01/2009 87.66 three stars
2006-09 04/01/2008 86.42 three stars
2005-09 12/01/2006 84.06 three stars
2004-09 10/01/2005 75.06 two stars
2003-09 10/01/2004 81.14 three stars
2002-09 10/01/2003 87.66 three stars
2001-09 02/05/2003 90.30 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 53-0183181
Name in IRS Master File DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE
NTEE Code D30
NTEE Classification Wildlife Preservation, Protection
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(59) Other school related activities
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 Central - the organization is a central type organization (no group exemption) of a National, Regional or Geographic grouping of organizations.
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date June, 1948
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$401,385 1.37% Jamie Rappaport Clark President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Defenders of Wildlife (DC) 81.44 three stars
Point Blue Conservation Science (CA) 93.77 four stars
Carolina Raptor Center (NC) 90.07 four stars
American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (NY) 90.70 four stars
EcoHealth Alliance (NY) 92.92 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Defenders of Wildlife
1130 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (800) 385-9712
fax: (202) 682-1331
EIN: 53-0183181

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 1553
Merrifield, VA 22116

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Board Leadership

Judith Posnikoff
Chair

CEO

Jamie Rappaport Clark
President & CEO

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