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Research and Public Policy : Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

Earthwatch Institute

Bringing science to life for people concerned about the Earth's future

three stars

87.01

114 Western Ave Boston, MA 02134
tel: (800) 776-0188   Web Site
EIN: 23-7168440

Board Leadership
Amy Ruth Borun
Chair

CEO
Scott Kania
International CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.01 three stars
  Financial 81.64 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 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

three stars

81.64

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

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)
82.0%
  Administrative Expenses 13.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.35
  Program Expenses Growth -4.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Earthwatch Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Earthwatch Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Earthwatch Institute (MA) 87.01 three stars
Global Footprint Network (CA) 87.45 three stars
Santa Fe Institute (NM) 91.71 four stars
North Carolina Agricultural Foundation (NC) 96.12 four stars
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (ME) 91.31 four stars

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Earthwatch Institute is an international organization that brings science to life for people concerned about the Earth's future. Founded in 1971, Earthwatch supports scientific field research by offering volunteers the opportunity to join research teams around the world. This unique model is creating a systematic change in how the public views science and its role in environmental sustainability. Today, Earthwatch recruits close to 4,000 volunteers every year to collect field data in the areas of rainforest ecology, wildlife conservation, marine science, archaeology, and more. Through this process, we educate, inspire, and involve a diversity of people, who actively contribute to conserving our planet.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,809,847
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,809,847
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $7,809,847
   Other Revenue $193,000
TOTAL REVENUE $8,002,847
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,498,146
   Administrative Expenses $1,271,762
   Fundraising Expenses $340,713
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,110,621
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-107,774
   
Net Assets $4,468,069

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
Research Programs $6,498,146 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-09 10/01/2016 87.01 three stars
2014-09 07/01/2016 87.09 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 86.78 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 83.45 three stars
2013-09 12/01/2014 85.39 three stars
2012-09 03/01/2014 84.30 three stars
2011-09 09/01/2013 81.18 three stars
2011-09 12/01/2012 79.44 two stars
2010-09 12/23/2011 81.25 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 82.92 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 10/01/2010 75.84 two stars
2008-09 12/15/2009 70.14 two stars
2007-09 06/01/2009 85.27 three stars
2006-09 12/01/2007 87.91 three stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 90.99 four stars
2004-09 01/01/2006 91.12 four stars
2003-09 12/01/2004 87.50 three stars
2002-09 12/01/2003 85.28 three stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 81.81 three stars
2000-09 04/15/2002 66.73 one star

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

EIN 23-7168440
Name in IRS Master File EARTHWATCH INSTITUTE INC
NTEE Code U20
NTEE Classification Science, General
NTEE Type Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services
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
(59) Other school related activities
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 Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date April, 1972
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
$265,687 3.27% Lawrence Mason President, CEO

Earthwatch Institute is an international organization that brings science to life for people concerned about the Earth's future. Founded in 1971, Earthwatch supports scientific field research by offering volunteers the opportunity to join research teams around the world. This unique model is creating a systematic change in how the public views science and its role in environmental sustainability. Today, Earthwatch recruits close to 4,000 volunteers every year to collect field data in the areas of rainforest ecology, wildlife conservation, marine science, archaeology, and more. Through this process, we educate, inspire, and involve a diversity of people, who actively contribute to conserving our planet.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Earthwatch Institute (MA) 87.01 three stars
New York Academy of Sciences (NY) 88.67 three stars
Mote Marine Laboratory (FL) 87.90 three stars
XPRIZE Foundation (CA) 86.89 three stars
Marine Biological Laboratory (MA) 86.19 three stars

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Earthwatch Institute
114 Western Ave
Boston, MA 02134
tel: (800) 776-0188
fax: (978) 461-2332
EIN: 23-7168440

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Board Leadership

Amy Ruth Borun
Chair

CEO

Scott Kania
International CEO

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