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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Friends of the Earth

Championing a healthy and just world

88.72

1101 15th Street NW 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (866) 217-8499   Web Site
EIN: 23-7420660

Board Leadership
Jayni Chase
Chair

CEO
Erich Pica
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.72
  Financial 84.34
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Friends of the Earth and our network of grassroots groups in 77 countries fight to create a more healthy, just world. Our current campaigns focus on clean energy and solutions to global warming, protecting people from toxic and new, potentially harmful technologies, and promoting smarter, low-pollution transportation alternatives. Friends of the Earth U.S. is also a part of Friends of the Earth International, the world's largest grassroots environmental network. Our dedicated staff fights to protect the rights of all people to live in a safe and healthy environment, both at home or in countries around the world. Our campaigns demonstrate our belief that the fight for justice and the movement to protect the health of the planet are part of the same struggle.

Friends of the Earth and our network of grassroots groups in 77 countries fight to create a more healthy, just world. Our current campaigns focus on clean energy and solutions to global warming, protecting people from toxic and new, potentially harmful technologies, and promoting smarter, low-pollution transportation alternatives. Friends of the Earth U.S. is also a part of Friends of the Earth International, the world's largest grassroots environmental network. Our dedicated staff fights to protect the rights of all people to live in a safe and healthy environment, both at home or in countries around the world. Our campaigns demonstrate our belief that the fight for justice and the movement to protect the health of the planet are part of the same struggle.

Financial

84.34

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
81.2%
  Administrative Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.01
  Program Expenses Growth 2.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 23.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the Earth on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the Earth on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the Earth (DC) 88.72
Ecology Center (MI) 92.92
The Conservation Alliance (OR) 91.89
Environmental Defense Fund (NY) 86.78
Environmental Initiative (MN) 93.70

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,295,107
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $358,365
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $11,653,472
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $11,653,472
   Other Revenue $308,111
TOTAL REVENUE $11,961,583
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,062,256
   Administrative Expenses $861,436
   Fundraising Expenses $1,370,717
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,294,409
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $667,174
   
Net Assets $12,118,282

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
Outreach and Membership Program $4,965,286 54.8%
Food & Technology $1,373,544 15.2%
Climate and Energy $1,023,198 11.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 08/03/2021 88.72
2019-06 06/01/2021 88.44
2018-06 12/01/2019 90.57
2017-06 02/01/2019 94.64
2016-06 12/22/2017 97.13
2015-06 10/01/2016 97.85
2014-06 06/01/2016 96.34
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 95.80
2013-06 11/01/2014 94.15
2012-06 10/01/2013 92.64
2011-06 11/06/2012 91.96
2010-06 11/01/2011 91.05
2009-06 09/20/2011 91.06
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 10/01/2010 96.05
2008-06 10/01/2009 90.25
2007-06 09/01/2008 67.90
2006-06 07/01/2007 63.70
2005-06 07/01/2006 68.42
2004-06 07/01/2005 64.35
2003-06 06/01/2004 81.36

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

EIN 23-7420660
Name in IRS Master File FRIENDS OF THE EARTH
NTEE Code C01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing activities
(124) Study and research (non-scientific)
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 December, 1974
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$171,000 1.51% Erich G. Pica President $19,000

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the Earth (DC) 88.72
Pacific Environment (CA) 89.21
The Marion Institute (MA) 89.17
The Nature Conservancy (VA) 85.32
EarthShare Texas (TX) 92.92

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This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Official Charity Response

In June 2021 Friends of the Earth’s rating on Charity Navigator slipped just below the four star rating for the first time in thirteen years.  
One of the primary reasons this happened is because we made a deliberate decision to hold fewer funds in reserve and instead put that money to work on the immanent threats facing our environment, especially the climate crisis.
As a result of this strategic decision our “working capital” score in Charity Navigator declined, pushing us below the threshold for four stars.
Friends of the Earth stands by this decision.  As an environmental advocacy charity, we are confronting the dire and timely threat that is already impacting all life on Earth – i.e. climate change.  The window of opportunity to prevent the most catastrophic impacts of this crisis will permanently close in the next decade.  
Moreover, most of our donors are gravely concerned about climate change.  We therefore have a responsibility to our donors to use our resources to greatest effect in the next 10 years before the climate crisis spirals completely out of control.
Sacrificing a four star rating in order to do our utmost to fight the climate crisis is a trade off we are more than willing to make.

Charity Contact Info

Friends of the Earth
1101 15th Street NW
11th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (866) 217-8499
fax: (202) 783-0444
EIN: 23-7420660

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Board Leadership

Jayni Chase
Chair

CEO

Erich Pica
President

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