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Animals : Wildlife Conservation

Ducks Unlimited

A world leader in wetlands conservation

three stars

84.48

One Waterfowl Way Memphis, TN 38120
tel: (800) 453-8257   Web Site
EIN: 13-5643799

Board Leadership
Paul R. Bonderson Jr.
Chairman Of The Board

CEO
Adam Putnam
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.48 three stars
  Financial 78.27 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 using data provided by the charity on a consolidated pro forma 990 which was verified against 990s received from the IRS.

The vision of Ducks Unlimited (DU) is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. DU conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

The core values and guiding principles of Ducks Unlimited's team of staff and volunteers are:

  • conserving North America's waterfowl and wetlands;
  • acting to uphold the reputation of DU, treating people and wildlife with respect;
  • evaluating our programs to guide us and ensure credibility;
  • working together as volunteers and staff;
  • valuing and enjoying the sport and heritage of hunting;
  • partnering with those who share common goals and values; and
  • celebrating the culture of DU as we serve our members.

The vision of Ducks Unlimited (DU) is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. DU conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

The core values and guiding principles of Ducks Unlimited's team of staff and volunteers are:

  • conserving North America's waterfowl and wetlands;
  • acting to uphold the reputation of DU, treating people and wildlife with respect;
  • evaluating our programs to guide us and ensure credibility;
  • working together as volunteers and staff;
  • valuing and enjoying the sport and heritage of hunting;
  • partnering with those who share common goals and values; and
  • celebrating the culture of DU as we serve our members.

Financial

two stars

78.27

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 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)
77.1%
  Administrative Expenses 3.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.02
  Program Expenses Growth 3.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ducks Unlimited on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ducks Unlimited on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ducks Unlimited (TN) 84.48 three stars
National Deer Association (GA) 93.65 four stars
Boone and Crockett Club (MT) 88.91 three stars
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (MT) 92.24 four stars
Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation (OH) 86.17 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $65,034,869
   Federated Campaigns $214,897
   Membership Dues $21,984,270
   Fundraising Events $27,354,060
   Related Organizations $733,643
   Government Grants $84,454,022
Total Contributions $199,775,761
   Program Service Revenue $6,288,001
Total Primary Revenue $206,063,762
   Other Revenue $29,959,663
TOTAL REVENUE $236,023,425
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $174,521,538
   Administrative Expenses $7,871,023
   Fundraising Expenses $43,154,589
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $225,547,150
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $10,476,275
   
Net Assets $250,188,563

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
Conservation $122,727,301 66.5%
Education $21,449,019 11.6%
Member Services $3,523,991 1.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 05/01/2021 82.46 three stars
2018-06 05/01/2021 82.46 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2019 86.57 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 88.38 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 83.81 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 84.23 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 82.43 three stars
2014-06 07/01/2015 79.68 two stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 77.90 two stars
2012-06 05/01/2014 85.73 three stars
2011-06 11/06/2012 73.47 two stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 75.53 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 75.04 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 65.63 one star
2008-06 09/01/2009 93.86 four stars
2007-06 03/01/2009 80.54 three stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 71.73 two stars
2005-06 09/01/2006 88.62 three stars
2004-06 06/01/2005 87.00 three stars
2003-06 09/01/2004 84.66 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 13-5643799
Name in IRS Master File DUCKS UNLIMITED INC
NTEE Code C32
NTEE Classification Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name DUCKS UNLIMITED INC
Ruling Date June, 1956
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Adam Putnam Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$503,224 0.22% Dale Hall Former Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ducks Unlimited (TN) 84.48 three stars
Trout Unlimited, Inc. (VA) 86.83 three stars
Boone and Crockett Club (MT) 88.91 three stars
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (MT) 92.24 four stars
California Waterfowl Association (CA) 90.17 four stars

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Note: This rating represents consolidated financial data for these organizations:

  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Wetlands America Trust (36-3330394)
  • Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Group Return (91-2009004)

Charity Contact Info

Ducks Unlimited
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, TN 38120
tel: (800) 453-8257
EIN: 13-5643799

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Board Leadership

Paul R. Bonderson Jr.
Chairman Of The Board

CEO

Adam Putnam
Chief Executive Officer

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