Disable all preview features

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

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

The science behind environmental solutions

89.50

Plant Science Building 2801 Sharon Turnpike
Millbrook, NY 12545
tel: (845) 677-5343   Web Site
EIN: 22-3232968

Board Leadership
Irene W. Banning
Chair

CEO
Joshua R. Ginsberg
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.50
  Financial 85.70
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 11/01/2016 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

85.70

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2016 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)
72.0%
  Administrative Expenses 24.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.95
  Program Expenses Growth 0.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (NY) 89.50
Global Footprint Network (CA) 87.34
Marine Biological Laboratory (MA) 86.19
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (NY) 92.40
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (DC) 92.02

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

Founded in 1983 by Dr. Gene E. Likens, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is a leader in applying the ecosystem approach to some of society's most pressing problems, from the quantity and quality of freshwater resources to the health of our forests. The Institute is dedicated to the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge about ecological systems. This knowledge is created through scientific research, disseminated through teaching, writing, and exhibits, and applied through participation in decision-making regarding the ecological management of natural resources and through promotion of a broader awareness about the importance of ecological relationships to human welfare.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $352,347
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $458,053
   Fundraising Events $12,788
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,281,780
Total Contributions $5,104,968
   Program Service Revenue $139,954
Total Primary Revenue $5,244,922
   Other Revenue $10,346,562
TOTAL REVENUE $15,591,484
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,012,022
   Administrative Expenses $2,695,603
   Fundraising Expenses $338,396
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,046,021
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,545,463
   
Net Assets $123,069,839

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 $6,089,673 76.0%
Education $695,985 8.7%
Outreach $296,554 3.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-06 11/01/2016 89.50
2014-06 06/01/2016 85.90
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 06/01/2015 78.08
2013-06 06/01/2014 83.48
2012-06 07/01/2013 82.24
2011-06 05/01/2012 85.08
2010-06 09/20/2011 79.28
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 73.18
2009-06 08/01/2010 79.14
2008-06 10/01/2009 82.63
2007-06 02/01/2009 71.60
2006-06 04/01/2007 70.83
2005-06 06/01/2006 79.15
2004-06 04/01/2005 68.53
2003-06 05/01/2004 72.60
2002-06 04/15/2003 79.98
2001-06 10/15/2002 75.98

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

EIN 22-3232968
Name in IRS Master File CARY INSTITUTE OF ECOSYSTEM STUDIES INC
NTEE Code C05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (199) Other scientific research activities
(149) Other instruction and training
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 June, 1993
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, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 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).

We invite you to share your opinions, thoughts, experiences, and stories about this charity here to help inform the decisions of other donors.  
Need more help getting started? Check out our FAQs.
 
This tool is not for questions about Charity Navigator, such as how we derived this charity’s rating. We will happily answer those questions if you contact us directly. Likewise, if you have questions for this charity, then we encourage you to contact the charity directly (we include the charity’s contact information in the upper left-hand corner of this page) since few charities regularly monitor this commenting tool.

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$84,859 0.76% Joshua Ginsberg President
Other Salaries of Note
$163,713 1.48% Steward Ta Pickett Distinguished Senior Scientist
$147,981 1.33% Holly A. Talbot Comptroller, Assistant Director
$144,115 1.30% Richard S. Ostfeld Senior Scientist
$138,899 1.25% Peter M. Groffman Senior Scientist

Founded in 1983 by Dr. Gene E. Likens, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is a leader in applying the ecosystem approach to some of society's most pressing problems, from the quantity and quality of freshwater resources to the health of our forests. The Institute is dedicated to the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge about ecological systems. This knowledge is created through scientific research, disseminated through teaching, writing, and exhibits, and applied through participation in decision-making regarding the ecological management of natural resources and through promotion of a broader awareness about the importance of ecological relationships to human welfare.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (NY) 89.50
Global Footprint Network (CA) 87.34
Carnegie Institution for Science (DC) 95.34
Mind & Life Institute (MA) 89.35
Santa Fe Institute (NM) 91.71

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Plant Science Building
2801 Sharon Turnpike
Millbrook, NY 12545
tel: (845) 677-5343
fax: (845) 677-5976
EIN: 22-3232968

Mail donations to:
Development Office
Box AB
Millbrook, NY 12545

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Irene W. Banning
Chair

CEO

Joshua R. Ginsberg
President

[ X ]

Did You Know We Are a Charity, Too?

If even a third of the 7 million people who visited our site last year had donated a dollar to Charity Navigator, we would comfortably meet our annual budget and be able to do what so many of you ask us to do every day--rate more charities!

With the support of users like you, we are currently investing in staff and technology. This will allow us to improve the search and organizational features of our site, making it easier to find the information that matters most to you. We will also continue to enhance our evaluation system and metrics.

So, whether you're a first time visitor or a long time user, we ask for your help in achieving our goal. Your gift of any size is most deeply appreciated! Thank You!

With the support of users like you, we are making it easier to find the info that matters most. Thank you!

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.

Help & Support