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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Resources for the Future

Economic thinking for environmental policy

three stars

86.38

1616 P Street, NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 328-5000   Web Site
EIN: 53-0220900

Board Leadership
Sue Tierney
Chair

CEO
Richard G. Newell
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.38 three stars
  Financial 80.75 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1952, RFF is an independent, nonprofit research institution that improves environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. We are committed to being the most widely trusted source of research insights and policy solutions leading to a healthy environment and a thriving economy. Our experts examine a wide variety of topics from climate change, energy, electricity, and transportation to forest management, water resources, and natural disaster risk mitigation. Thanks in large part to RFF's efforts, economists agree that we can put value on things that aren't directly valued in the marketplace, like clean air and water. We recognize that research alone is not enough to create smarter policy, so we engage with policymakers and leaders at the local, state, national, and international levels through targeted events and communications-testing ideas in real-world contexts to create cost-effective and durable solutions.

Founded in 1952, RFF is an independent, nonprofit research institution that improves environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. We are committed to being the most widely trusted source of research insights and policy solutions leading to a healthy environment and a thriving economy. Our experts examine a wide variety of topics from climate change, energy, electricity, and transportation to forest management, water resources, and natural disaster risk mitigation. Thanks in large part to RFF's efforts, economists agree that we can put value on things that aren't directly valued in the marketplace, like clean air and water. We recognize that research alone is not enough to create smarter policy, so we engage with policymakers and leaders at the local, state, national, and international levels through targeted events and communications-testing ideas in real-world contexts to create cost-effective and durable solutions.

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Financial

three stars

80.75

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
77.4%
  Administrative Expenses 16.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.90
  Program Expenses Growth 0.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 29.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Resources for the Future on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Resources for the Future on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Resources for the Future (DC) 86.38 three stars
Chesapeake Climate Action Network (MD) 89.17 three stars
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (DC) 88.22 three stars
Wyoming Outdoor Council (WY) 90.39 four stars
Group for the East End (NY) 91.68 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,113,571
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,716,024
Total Contributions $9,829,595
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $9,829,595
   Other Revenue $2,906,669
TOTAL REVENUE $12,736,264
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,814,010
   Administrative Expenses $2,571,150
   Fundraising Expenses $917,977
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,303,137
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,566,873
   
Net Assets $61,255,213

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 $9,711,845 89.8%
Communications $1,079,214 10.0%
Academic Relations $22,951 0.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 02/01/2020 86.38 three stars
2017-09 03/01/2019 89.69 three stars
2016-09 02/01/2018 88.99 three stars
2015-09 02/01/2017 88.53 three stars
2014-09 07/01/2016 88.17 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 87.84 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 82.29 three stars
2013-09 12/01/2014 87.04 three stars
2012-09 11/01/2013 90.89 four stars
2011-09 09/01/2012 85.56 three stars
2010-09 10/01/2011 94.18 four stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 92.36 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 11/01/2010 97.72 four stars
2008-09 03/01/2010 97.79 four stars
2007-09 04/01/2009 91.39 four stars
2006-09 10/01/2007 79.87 two stars
2005-09 11/01/2006 72.73 two stars
2004-09 11/01/2005 83.89 three stars
2003-09 12/01/2004 82.11 three stars
2002-09 11/01/2003 94.83 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 53-0220900
Name in IRS Master File RESOURCES FOR THE FUTURE 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 (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
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 February, 1984
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$462,715 3.23% Richard G. Newell President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Resources for the Future (DC) 86.38 three stars
Environmental Health Coalition (CA) 86.61 three stars
350.org (NY) 94.99 four stars
1000 Friends of Oregon (OR) 88.80 three stars
Washington Environmental Council (WA) 94.31 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Resources for the Future
1616 P Street, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 328-5000
fax: (202) 393-3460
EIN: 53-0220900

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Board Leadership

Sue Tierney
Chair

CEO

Richard G. Newell
President and CEO

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