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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Environmental Defense Fund

Finding the ways that work

four stars

90.57

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 90.57 four stars
  Financial 87.29 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of first-time donors
71,363
Number of overall donors
223,231
Cost to raise $100
12
Percent of total budget spent on programs
82
Average number of dollars given by new donors
122
This impact information is current as of October 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

87.29

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
77.4%
  Administrative Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.20
  Program Expenses Growth 9.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.6%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Defense Fund (NY) 90.57 four stars
North Carolina Coastal Federation (NC) 100.00 four stars
WildEarth Guardians (NM) 90.97 four stars
LightHawk (CO) 85.34 three stars
North Cascades Institute (WA) 95.46 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $206,995,763
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $833,174
Total Contributions $207,828,937
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $207,828,937
   Other Revenue $2,767,303
TOTAL REVENUE $210,596,240
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $140,334,144
   Administrative Expenses $12,359,064
   Fundraising Expenses $30,917,023
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $183,610,231
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $26,986,009
   
Net Assets $211,976,209

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 $75,839,546 50.4%
Ecosystems $28,032,980 18.6%
Oceans $23,755,088 15.8%

Ratings History
Environmental Defense Fund has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 10/01/2019 90.57 four stars
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

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)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$665,748 0.36% Frederic D. Krupp President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Defense Fund (NY) 90.57 four stars
As You Sow (CA) 93.98 four stars
Galapagos Conservancy (VA) 88.96 three stars
The Garden Conservancy (NY) 91.90 four stars
Rails-To-Trails Conservancy (DC) 90.82 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

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Board Leadership

Carl Ferenbach
Chair

CEO

Fred Krupp
President

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