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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

84.62

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 84.62 three stars
  Financial 78.47 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Percentage of congressional attacks against the ESA that Defenders has stopped
98
This impact information is current as of October 2019, 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

two stars

78.47

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
70.9%
  Administrative Expenses 14.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.24
  Program Expenses Growth -0.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.0%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Defenders of Wildlife (DC) 84.62 three stars
Carolina Raptor Center (NC) 85.13 three stars
International Primate Protection League (SC) 92.02 four stars
Primarily Primates (TX) 91.36 four stars
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (FL) 88.36 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $37,477,703
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $281,255
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $37,758,958
   Program Service Revenue $116,454
Total Primary Revenue $37,875,412
   Other Revenue $1,240,716
TOTAL REVENUE $39,116,128
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $22,179,219
   Administrative Expenses $4,686,755
   Fundraising Expenses $4,475,447
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $31,341,421
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $7,774,707
   
Net Assets $38,982,349

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 $10,718,811 41.6%
Endangered Species Act $7,689,291 29.8%
Habitat $7,372,616 28.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2003-09 10/01/2004 81.14 three 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
$435,925 1.39% Jamie Rappaport Clark President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Defenders of Wildlife (DC) 84.62 three stars
Wild Salmon Center (OR) 87.82 three stars
Wildlife Center of Virginia (VA) 94.28 four stars
International Rhino Foundation (TX) 96.81 four stars
Georgia Wildlife Federation (GA) 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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