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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Environmental Defense Fund

Finding the ways that work

four stars

91.06

257 Park Avenue South New York, NY 10010
tel: (800) 684-3322   Web Site
EIN: 11-6107128

Board Leadership
Carl Ferenbach
Chair

CEO
Fred Krupp
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.06 four stars
  Financial 88.02 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Environmental Defense Fund's mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.

What distinguishes EDF from others is the combination of what we protect and how we protect it. We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet, focusing on mitigating climate change, restoring the ocean's bounty, protecting wildlife and their habitats, and safeguarding our health. Since these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations-as well as with business, government and communities-and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.

Environmental Defense Fund's mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.

What distinguishes EDF from others is the combination of what we protect and how we protect it. We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet, focusing on mitigating climate change, restoring the ocean's bounty, protecting wildlife and their habitats, and safeguarding our health. Since these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations-as well as with business, government and communities-and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.

Financial

three stars

88.02

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 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)
78.1%
  Administrative Expenses 6.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.15
  Program Expenses Growth 9.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Defense Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Defense Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Defense Fund (NY) 91.06 four stars
Galapagos Conservancy (VA) 93.13 four stars
The Conservation Foundation (IL) 93.62 four stars
Minnesota Environmental Fund (MN) 86.29 three stars
Alaska Conservation Foundation (AK) 85.53 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $143,294,395
   Federated Campaigns $348,673
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $691,128
Total Contributions $144,334,196
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $144,334,196
   Other Revenue $2,316,698
TOTAL REVENUE $146,650,894
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $132,001,003
   Administrative Expenses $10,782,179
   Fundraising Expenses $28,757,508
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $171,540,690
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-24,889,796
   
Net Assets $185,063,884

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
Climate and Energy $75,531,282 53.1%
Ecosystems $24,511,913 17.2%
Oceans $22,259,763 15.6%

Ratings History
Environmental Defense Fund has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 02/01/2019 91.06 four stars
2016-09 02/01/2018 92.89 four stars
2015-09 12/21/2016 94.81 four stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 94.48 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 94.42 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 94.24 four stars
2013-09 08/01/2014 94.59 four stars
2012-09 05/01/2013 92.03 four stars
2011-09 06/01/2012 90.42 four stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 87.10 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 07/01/2010 95.54 four stars
2008-09 10/01/2009 95.65 four stars
2007-09 03/01/2009 93.01 four stars
2006-09 05/01/2008 90.48 four stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 86.91 three stars
2004-09 02/01/2006 86.64 three stars
2003-09 10/01/2004 88.19 three stars
2002-09 10/01/2003 87.92 three stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 93.10 four stars
2000-09 04/15/2002 93.06 four 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 11-6107128
Name in IRS Master File ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND INCORPORATED
NTEE Code C60
NTEE Classification Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
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
(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 September, 1969
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, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$650,591 0.37% Frederic D Krupp President
Other Salaries of Note
$370,931 0.21% Diane Regas Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Defense Fund (NY) 91.06 four stars
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (PA) 92.69 four stars
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (LA) 85.48 three stars
LightHawk (CO) 85.34 three stars
Greenpeace Fund (DC) 92.38 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Environmental Defense Fund
257 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
tel: (800) 684-3322
fax: (202) 234-6049
EIN: 11-6107128

Mail donations to:
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009

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Board Leadership

Carl Ferenbach
Chair

CEO

Fred Krupp
President

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