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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

The Connecticut Audubon Society

Protecting Connecticut's birds, other wildlife, and their habitats through conservation, education, and advocacy

99.39

314 Unquowa Road Fairfield, CT 06824
tel: (203) 259-0416   Web Site
EIN: 06-0653531

Board Leadership
Kathy Van Der Aue
Chairman

CEO
Patrick Comins
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 99.39
  Financial 99.14
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1898, Connecticut Audubon Society protects Connecticut's birds, other wildlife, and their habitats through conservation, education, and advocacy. The Connecticut Audubon Society operates nature facilities in Fairfield, Milford, Hampton, Pomfret, Old Lyme, and Sherman, as well as an EcoTravel office in Essex. The Connecticut Audubon Society manages 21 wildlife sanctuaries around the state, preserves over 3,300 acres of open space in Connecticut and educates over 100,000 children and adults annually.

Founded in 1898, Connecticut Audubon Society protects Connecticut's birds, other wildlife, and their habitats through conservation, education, and advocacy. The Connecticut Audubon Society operates nature facilities in Fairfield, Milford, Hampton, Pomfret, Old Lyme, and Sherman, as well as an EcoTravel office in Essex. The Connecticut Audubon Society manages 21 wildlife sanctuaries around the state, preserves over 3,300 acres of open space in Connecticut and educates over 100,000 children and adults annually.

Financial

99.14

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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 6.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.27
  Program Expenses Growth 18.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Connecticut Audubon Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Connecticut Audubon Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Connecticut Audubon Society (CT) 99.39
Massachusetts Audubon Society (MA) 93.12
Audubon Society of Rhode Island (RI) 90.02
Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (PA) 93.04
Audubon Society of Portland (OR) 96.10

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $17,680,774
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $238,196
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $17,918,970
   Program Service Revenue $1,510,476
Total Primary Revenue $19,429,446
   Other Revenue $1,386,822
TOTAL REVENUE $20,816,268
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,952,351
   Administrative Expenses $404,181
   Fundraising Expenses $280,666
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,637,198
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $16,179,070
   
Net Assets $54,070,952

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
Educational Programs $2,444,934 61.9%
Conservation Research $1,048,721 26.5%
Advocacy $221,961 5.6%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-04 11/01/2020 99.39
2018-04 07/01/2019 98.62
2017-04 06/01/2018 94.19
2016-04 05/01/2017 86.55
2015-04 06/01/2016 87.38
 
CN 2.0
2014-04 08/01/2015 83.98
2013-04 07/01/2014 86.95
2012-04 05/01/2013 89.29
2011-04 07/01/2012 86.86
2010-04 09/20/2011 87.46
 
CN 1.0
2010-04 06/01/2011 81.45
2009-04 08/01/2010 77.91
2008-04 07/01/2009 85.72
2007-04 04/01/2008 95.51
2005-04 07/01/2007 71.80
2004-04 11/01/2004 74.70
2003-04 01/01/2004 69.89
2002-04 04/15/2003 82.74
2001-04 10/15/2002 80.62

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

EIN 06-0653531
Name in IRS Master File THE CONNECTICUT AUDUBON SOCIETY INCORPORATED
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 (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(59) Other school related activities
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, 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 August, 1942
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End April
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • April, 2018
  • April, 2017
  • April, 2016
  • April, 2015
  • April, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$129,773 2.79% Patrick M. Comins Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Connecticut Audubon Society (CT) 99.39
Audubon Society of Portland (OR) 96.10
New Hampshire Audubon (NH) 85.62
Audubon Society of Rhode Island (RI) 90.02
Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (PA) 93.04

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Official Charity Response

 

In FYE2020, which ended at the start of the pandemic closures, Connecticut Audubon’s financials reflected the extreme market downturn. Therefore almost $800,000 in unrealized market losses reduced the total revenue.

In FYE 2021, Connecticut Audubon’s financials reflected the market recovery and included revenue toward capital campaigns. Therefore approximately $5.8 million in realized/unrealized gains and $4 million of capital revenue was reflected in total revenue.

Throughout the pandemic, Connecticut Audubon connected with its communities to meet their needs for outdoor access, virtual programs, and science enrichment for students.

Charity Contact Info

The Connecticut Audubon Society
314 Unquowa Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
tel: (203) 259-0416
EIN: 06-0653531

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Board Leadership

Kathy Van Der Aue
Chairman

CEO

Patrick Comins
Executive Director

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