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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

87.53

1130 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
tel: (800) 385-9712   Web Site
EIN: 53-0183181

Board Leadership
John Dayton
Chair

CEO
Jamie Rappaport Clark
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.53 three stars
  Financial 82.63 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 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.

Financial

three stars

82.63

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)
71.0%
  Administrative Expenses 14.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.22
  Program Expenses Growth 4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.9%
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) 87.53 three stars
Cheetah Conservation Fund (VA) 96.05 four stars
International Primate Protection League (SC) 93.74 four stars
Big Life Foundation USA (WA) 95.47 four stars
HawkWatch International (UT) 91.84 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $31,915,944
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $298,472
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,371
Total Contributions $32,219,787
   Program Service Revenue $31,665
Total Primary Revenue $32,251,452
   Other Revenue $1,171,290
TOTAL REVENUE $33,422,742
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $23,280,127
   Administrative Expenses $4,742,521
   Fundraising Expenses $4,779,869
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $32,802,517
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $620,225
   
Net Assets $39,947,642

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
Mobilization of Constituency $16,227,144 60.0%
Conservation and Restoration of Biodiversity $10,813,085 40.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 11/01/2020 87.53 three stars
2018-09 09/03/2019 84.62 three stars
2017-09 11/01/2018 81.29 three stars
2017-09 08/01/2018 81.20 three stars
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

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)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$482,360 1.47% Jamie Rappaport Clark President & CEO $429

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Defenders of Wildlife (DC) 87.53 three stars
Wolf Conservation Center (NY) 93.04 four stars
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (GA) 97.47 four stars
International Rhino Foundation (TX) 94.28 four stars
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (FL) 88.16 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Defenders of Wildlife
1130 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (800) 385-9712
fax: (202) 682-1331
EIN: 53-0183181

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Board Leadership

John Dayton
Chair

CEO

Jamie Rappaport Clark
President & CEO

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