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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Earth's best defense

four stars

96.56

40 West 20th Street New York, NY 10011
tel: (212) 727-2700   Web Site
EIN: 13-2654926

Board Leadership
Daniel R. Tishman
Chair

CEO
Rhea Suh
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.56 four stars
  Financial 97.24 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life - air, land, and water - and to defend endangered natural places. We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment. We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations. We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment.

The Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life - air, land, and water - and to defend endangered natural places. We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment. We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations. We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment.

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Financial

four stars

97.24

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2017 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)
84.1%
  Administrative Expenses 7.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.72
  Program Expenses Growth 9.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Natural Resources Defense Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Natural Resources Defense Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Natural Resources Defense Council (NY) 96.56 four stars
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Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association (NJ) 91.01 four stars
Anacostia Watershed Society (MD) 90.88 four stars
Greater Yellowstone Coalition (MT) 98.21 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $100,107,177
   Federated Campaigns $162,934
   Membership Dues $26,781,107
   Fundraising Events $237,390
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $208,644
Total Contributions $127,497,252
   Program Service Revenue $1,089,789
Total Primary Revenue $128,587,041
   Other Revenue $1,222,220
TOTAL REVENUE $129,809,261
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $112,671,530
   Administrative Expenses $10,654,286
   Fundraising Expenses $10,109,673
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $133,435,489
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,626,228
   
Net Assets $236,526,628

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
Curbing Global Warming and Creating a Clean Energy Future $56,039,672 49.7%
Defending Endangered Wildlife and Wild Place $15,714,551 13.9%
Fostering Sustainable Communities $13,860,453 12.3%

Ratings History
Natural Resources Defense Council has received 10 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 12/01/2017 96.56 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 96.35 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 95.48 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 95.17 four stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 93.07 four stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 91.79 four stars
2011-06 08/01/2012 90.22 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 95.59 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 09/01/2010 98.27 four stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 95.82 four stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 95.34 four stars
2006-06 10/01/2007 89.55 three stars
2005-06 12/01/2006 95.53 four stars
2004-06 02/01/2006 86.48 three stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 93.09 four stars
2002-06 11/01/2003 92.93 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 95.61 four stars
2000-06 04/15/2002 92.95 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 13-2654926
Name in IRS Master File NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL INC
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(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 March, 1970
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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$541,142 0.40% Rhea Suh President
Other Salaries of Note
$567,053 0.42% Peter Lehner Former Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Natural Resources Defense Council (NY) 96.56 four stars
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Sustainable Conservation (CA) 90.38 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Natural Resources Defense Council
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
tel: (212) 727-2700
fax: (212) 727-1773
EIN: 13-2654926

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Board Leadership

Daniel R. Tishman
Chair

CEO

Rhea Suh
President

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