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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

The Conservation Fund

Conservation Working for America

four stars

98.23

1655 North Fort Myer Drive Suite 1300
Arlington, VA 22209
tel: (703) 525-6300   Web Site
EIN: 52-1388917

Board Leadership
R. Michael Leonard
Chair

CEO
Lawrence Selzer
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.23 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
97.5%
  Administrative Expenses 1.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.58
  Program Expenses Growth 9.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 23.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Conservation Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Conservation Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Conservation Fund (VA) 98.23 four stars
PATH Foundation (GA) 94.34 four stars
Land Stewardship Project (MN) 91.78 four stars
Appalachian Voices (NC) 95.31 four stars
Pacific Crest Trail Association (CA) 85.50 three stars

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At The Conservation Fund, we believe that conservation should work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are re-defining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. We have the highest program allocation - putting 97% of our resources toward mission - and lowest fundraising costs in our field and continue to outperform for our efficiency and effectiveness. Since 1985 we have protected more than 7.5 million acres of land, working in all 50 states; we've preserved forests, deserts, parks, waterways and every type of landscape in between. From historic places that tell the story of America to helping communities grow smarter, greener cities, our work benefits all Americans.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $114,224,958
   Federated Campaigns $127,009
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $9,723,802
Total Contributions $124,075,769
   Program Service Revenue $90,762,036
Total Primary Revenue $214,837,805
   Other Revenue $258,661
TOTAL REVENUE $215,096,466
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $174,530,077
   Administrative Expenses $2,810,944
   Fundraising Expenses $2,144,456
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $179,485,477
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $35,610,989
   
Net Assets $547,104,097

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
The Conservation Fund has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 03/01/2017 98.23 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 94.19 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 95.82 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 85.67 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 85.39 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 86.47 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 99.32 four stars
2010-12 12/23/2011 97.16 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 94.33 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 99.72 four stars
2008-12 03/01/2010 99.71 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 97.27 four stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 97.15 four stars
2005-12 09/01/2006 93.49 four stars
2004-12 11/01/2005 93.48 four stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 87.07 three stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 79.49 two stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 79.55 two stars
2000-12 04/15/2002 99.47 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 52-1388917
Name in IRS Master File THE CONSERVATION FUND A NONPROFIT CORPORATION
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 (529) Ecology or 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 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 July, 1985
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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
$480,674 0.26% Lawrence A. Selzer President, CEO

At The Conservation Fund, we believe that conservation should work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are re-defining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. We have the highest program allocation - putting 97% of our resources toward mission - and lowest fundraising costs in our field and continue to outperform for our efficiency and effectiveness. Since 1985 we have protected more than 7.5 million acres of land, working in all 50 states; we've preserved forests, deserts, parks, waterways and every type of landscape in between. From historic places that tell the story of America to helping communities grow smarter, greener cities, our work benefits all Americans.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Conservation Fund (VA) 98.23 four stars
LightHawk (CO) 92.09 four stars
Minnesota Environmental Fund (MN) 85.38 three stars
NatureServe (VA) 85.57 three stars
SOLVE (OR) 90.03 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Conservation Fund
1655 North Fort Myer Drive
Suite 1300
Arlington, VA 22209
tel: (703) 525-6300
fax: (703) 525-4610
EIN: 52-1388917

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Board Leadership

R. Michael Leonard
Chair

CEO

Lawrence Selzer
President, CEO

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