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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

The Nature Conservancy

Protecting nature. Preserving life.

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three stars

84.06

4245 North Fairfax Drive Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203
tel: (800) 628-6860   Web Site
EIN: 53-0242652

Board Leadership
Thomas J. Tierney
Chair

CEO
Mark Tercek
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.06 three stars
  Financial 77.66 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Since our founding in 1951 we have protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide - and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. We have more than one million members. We work in all 50 states and more than 30 countries - protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia. We address threats to conservation involving climate change, fire, fresh water, forests, invasive species, and marine ecosystems. We use a science-based approach, aided by our more than 500 staff scientists, and we pursue non-confrontational, pragmatic solutions to conservation challenges.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Since our founding in 1951 we have protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide - and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. We have more than one million members. We work in all 50 states and more than 30 countries - protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia. We address threats to conservation involving climate change, fire, fresh water, forests, invasive species, and marine ecosystems. We use a science-based approach, aided by our more than 500 staff scientists, and we pursue non-confrontational, pragmatic solutions to conservation challenges.

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This impact information is current as of November 2018, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. Impact information published on this organization's rating page has no effect on its rating at this time.

Financial

two stars

77.66

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
68.4%
  Administrative Expenses 18.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 7.20
  Program Expenses Growth 1.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Nature Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Nature Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Nature Conservancy (VA) 84.06 three stars
Galapagos Conservancy (VA) 91.49 four stars
The Adirondack Council (NY) 97.45 four stars
Conservancy of Southwest Florida (FL) 92.40 four stars
Green America (DC) 88.87 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $663,123,579
   Federated Campaigns $2,031,633
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $259,641
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $108,446,526
Total Contributions $773,861,379
   Program Service Revenue $116,334,566
Total Primary Revenue $890,195,945
   Other Revenue $116,046,018
TOTAL REVENUE $1,006,241,963
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $552,228,504
   Administrative Expenses $156,315,146
   Fundraising Expenses $120,944,681
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $829,488,331
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $176,753,632
   
Net Assets $6,221,760,264

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 07/01/2018 84.06 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 83.64 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 84.35 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 83.86 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 05/01/2015 80.46 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 79.96 two stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 79.04 two stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 86.84 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 84.71 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 88.60 three stars
2008-06 09/01/2009 98.02 four stars
2007-06 07/01/2008 95.45 four stars
2006-06 09/01/2007 87.32 three stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 96.03 four stars
2004-06 10/01/2005 83.60 three stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 95.45 four stars
2002-06 09/01/2003 98.23 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 92.71 four stars
2000-06 04/15/2002 92.81 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 53-0242652
Name in IRS Master File NATURE CONSERVANCY
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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 Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name NATURE CONSERVANCY
Ruling Date March, 1954
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

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
$788,524 0.09% Mark R. Tercek President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Nature Conservancy (VA) 84.06 three stars
Pacific Environment (CA) 86.58 three stars
Conservancy of Southwest Florida (FL) 92.40 four stars
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (PA) 90.64 four stars
Acadia Center (ME) 94.88 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Nature Conservancy
4245 North Fairfax Drive
Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203
tel: (800) 628-6860
EIN: 53-0242652

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Board Leadership

Thomas J. Tierney
Chair

CEO

Mark Tercek
President, CEO

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