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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Massachusetts Audubon Society

Protecting the Nature of Massachusetts

four stars

95.84

208 South Great Road Lincoln, MA 01773
tel: (800) 283-8266   Web Site
EIN: 04-2104702

Board Leadership
Jared Chase
Chair

CEO
Gary Clayton
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.84 four stars
  Financial 95.70 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

95.70

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
82.0%
  Administrative Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.41
  Program Expenses Growth 3.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Massachusetts Audubon Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Massachusetts Audubon Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Massachusetts Audubon Society (MA) 95.84 four stars
Audubon Society of Portland (OR) 94.74 four stars
Connecticut Audubon Society (CT) 86.55 three stars
New Jersey Audubon Society (NJ) 90.59 four stars
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (WI) 88.31 three stars

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Established in 1896, the Massachusetts Audubon Society (Mass Audubon) is the largest conservation organization in New England, working to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Mass Audubon cares for more than 37,000 acres of conservation land, provides educational programs for 200,000 children and adults annually, and advocates for sound environmental policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Our statewide network of 57 wildlife sanctuaries welcomes visitors of all ages and serves as the base for our conservation, education, and advocacy work as well as providing people with much-needed places for recreation and relaxation, and a home for more than 150 endangered and threatened native species.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $12,973,840
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,582,643
   Fundraising Events $225,685
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,864,492
Total Contributions $18,646,660
   Program Service Revenue $8,338,816
Total Primary Revenue $26,985,476
   Other Revenue $1,910,990
TOTAL REVENUE $28,896,466
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $22,396,588
   Administrative Expenses $3,191,944
   Fundraising Expenses $1,747,665
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $27,336,197
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,560,269
   
Net Assets $230,059,264

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
Environmental Education & Sanctuary Stewardship $18,258,521 81.5%
Member Services $2,491,735 11.1%
Conservation Science and Land Protection $1,075,779 4.8%

Ratings History
Massachusetts Audubon Society has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 06/01/2017 95.84 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 94.66 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 95.90 four stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 92.93 four stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 87.43 three stars
2011-06 04/01/2012 85.33 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 87.16 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 80.87 three stars
2009-06 08/01/2010 91.37 four stars
2008-06 07/01/2009 91.51 four stars
2007-06 07/01/2008 84.92 three stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 74.01 two stars
2004-06 04/01/2005 76.93 two stars
2003-06 04/01/2004 82.83 three stars
2002-06 02/05/2003 82.22 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 78.08 two 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 04-2104702
Name in IRS Master File MASSACHUSETTS AUDUBON SOCIETY INC
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (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 August, 1951
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$178,975 0.65% Gary R. Clayton President
Other Salaries of Note
$236,633 0.86% Henry G. Tepper Former President

Established in 1896, the Massachusetts Audubon Society (Mass Audubon) is the largest conservation organization in New England, working to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Mass Audubon cares for more than 37,000 acres of conservation land, provides educational programs for 200,000 children and adults annually, and advocates for sound environmental policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Our statewide network of 57 wildlife sanctuaries welcomes visitors of all ages and serves as the base for our conservation, education, and advocacy work as well as providing people with much-needed places for recreation and relaxation, and a home for more than 150 endangered and threatened native species.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Massachusetts Audubon Society (MA) 95.84 four stars
Connecticut Audubon Society (CT) 86.55 three stars
National Audubon Society (NY) 92.05 four stars
Audubon Society of Portland (OR) 94.74 four stars
New Jersey Audubon Society (NJ) 90.59 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Massachusetts Audubon Society
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
tel: (800) 283-8266
fax: (781) 259-8899
EIN: 04-2104702

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Board Leadership

Jared Chase
Chair

CEO

Gary Clayton
President

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