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

Earthwatch Institute

Empowering people to save the natural world.

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three stars

86.99

2nd Floor, Suite #1-1 1380 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02135
tel: (800) 776-0188   Web Site
EIN: 23-7168440

Board Leadership
Kevin J. Anton
Chair

CEO
Scott Kania
CEO, U.S.

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.99 three stars
  Financial 81.61 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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 providing research grants to scientists while also offering everyday volunteers the opportunity to work alongside them on conservation efforts around the world. This unique model is creating a systematic change in how the public views science and its role in environmental sustainability. Earthwatch volunteers help collect field data in the areas of climate science, rainforest ecology, wildlife conservation, marine science, archaeology, and more, in order to guide sustainable and effective restoration and management plans and government policies. Through this process, Earthwatch educates, inspires, engages and empowers a diversity of people in actively working to conserve our planet in their communities and throughout their daily lives.

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 providing research grants to scientists while also offering everyday volunteers the opportunity to work alongside them on conservation efforts around the world. This unique model is creating a systematic change in how the public views science and its role in environmental sustainability. Earthwatch volunteers help collect field data in the areas of climate science, rainforest ecology, wildlife conservation, marine science, archaeology, and more, in order to guide sustainable and effective restoration and management plans and government policies. Through this process, Earthwatch educates, inspires, engages and empowers a diversity of people in actively working to conserve our planet in their communities and throughout their daily lives.

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Financial

three stars

81.61

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
81.9%
  Administrative Expenses 14.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.40
  Program Expenses Growth -3.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 23.5%
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) 86.99 three stars
The Rodale Institute (PA) 95.85 four stars
Marine Biological Laboratory (MA) 86.19 three stars
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (NY) 94.02 four stars
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (ME) 96.10 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,947,298
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,947,298
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $7,947,298
   Other Revenue $178,744
TOTAL REVENUE $8,126,042
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,230,586
   Administrative Expenses $973,384
   Fundraising Expenses $254,408
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,458,378
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $667,664
   
Net Assets $4,667,197

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 $6,230,586 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 09/01/2018 86.99 three stars
2017-09 08/01/2018 86.69 three stars
2016-09 02/01/2018 87.44 three stars
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

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$193,834 2.59% Scott Kania President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Earthwatch Institute (MA) 86.99 three stars
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (DC) 95.43 four stars
Carnegie Institution for Science (DC) 88.76 three stars
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (NY) 92.85 four stars
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (NY) 94.02 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Earthwatch Institute
2nd Floor, Suite #1-1
1380 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02135
tel: (800) 776-0188
fax: (978) 461-2332
EIN: 23-7168440

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Board Leadership

Kevin J. Anton
Chair

CEO

Scott Kania
CEO, U.S.

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