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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Environmental Defense Fund

Finding the ways that work

four stars

94.81

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 94.81 four stars
  Financial 93.31 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/21/2016 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

four stars

93.31

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 12/21/2016 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)
79.1%
  Administrative Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.58
  Program Expenses Growth 10.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Defense Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Defense Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Defense Fund (NY) 94.81 four stars
Conservancy of Southwest Florida (FL) 94.03 four stars
National Environmental Education Foundation (DC) 85.90 three stars
Grand Canyon Trust (AZ) 90.11 four stars
Yosemite Conservancy (CA) 88.52 three stars

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $132,621,467
   Federated Campaigns $164,825
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,694,319
Total Contributions $135,480,611
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $135,480,611
   Other Revenue $3,052,680
TOTAL REVENUE $138,533,291
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $106,959,190
   Administrative Expenses $8,800,435
   Fundraising Expenses $20,506,936
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $136,266,561
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,266,730
   
Net Assets $204,077,422

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 $60,216,603 54.1%
Oceans $20,503,338 18.4%
Ecosystems $19,802,271 17.8%

Ratings History
Environmental Defense Fund has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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]
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, 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
$545,247 0.40% Frederic D. Krupp President

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Defense Fund (NY) 94.81 four stars
SOLVE (OR) 90.03 four stars
Beyond Pesticides (DC) 90.68 four stars
Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (NC) 91.98 four stars
Bioneers (NM) 85.33 three 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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