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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

83.98

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

Board Leadership
Winsome McIntosh
Chair

CEO
Jamie Rappaport Clark
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.98 three stars
  Financial 77.71 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

two stars

77.71

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
74.6%
  Administrative Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.81
  Program Expenses Growth 5.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 27.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Defenders of Wildlife on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Defenders of Wildlife on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Defenders of Wildlife (DC) 83.98 three stars
Point Blue Conservation Science (CA) 94.15 four stars
HawkWatch International (UT) 98.89 four stars
Boreal Songbird Initiative (WA) 86.79 three stars
Loggerhead Marinelife Center (FL) 90.17 four stars

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $29,079,938
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $276,417
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,450
Total Contributions $29,358,805
   Program Service Revenue $20,000
Total Primary Revenue $29,378,805
   Other Revenue $1,278,526
TOTAL REVENUE $30,657,331
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $22,352,122
   Administrative Expenses $3,614,207
   Fundraising Expenses $4,432,125
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $30,398,454
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $258,877
   
Net Assets $25,652,568

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 $11,149,157 43.2%
Endangered Species Act $7,798,462 30.2%
Habitat $6,860,142 26.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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]
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012
  • September, 2011

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 Compensation from Affiliates
$376,698 1.23% Jamie Rappaport Clark President $4,938

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Defenders of Wildlife (DC) 83.98 three stars
WildAid (CA) 100.00 four stars
Snow Leopard Trust (WA) 93.60 four stars
The Marine Mammal Center (CA) 94.94 four stars
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (OR) 93.63 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

Winsome McIntosh
Chair

CEO

Jamie Rappaport Clark
President & CEO

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