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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

The Wilderness Society

Protecting wilderness and inspiring Americans to care for our wild places

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three stars

87.11

1615 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
tel: (800) 843-9453   Web Site
EIN: 53-0167933

Board Leadership
David Churchill
Chair

CEO
Jamie Williams
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.11 three stars
  Financial 82.03 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has led the conservation movement in wilderness protection, writing and passing the landmark Wilderness Act and winning lasting protection for 109 million acres of Wilderness, including 56 million acres of spectacular lands in Alaska, eight million acres of fragile desert lands in California and millions more throughout the nation. It is our calling and our passion to protect America's wilderness, not as a relic of our nation's past, but as a thriving ecological community that is central to life itself. Our goal is to ensure that future generations will enjoy, as we do today, the clean air and water, wildlife, beauty and opportunities for recreation and renewal that pristine forests, rivers, deserts and mountains provide.

Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has led the conservation movement in wilderness protection, writing and passing the landmark Wilderness Act and winning lasting protection for 109 million acres of Wilderness, including 56 million acres of spectacular lands in Alaska, eight million acres of fragile desert lands in California and millions more throughout the nation. It is our calling and our passion to protect America's wilderness, not as a relic of our nation's past, but as a thriving ecological community that is central to life itself. Our goal is to ensure that future generations will enjoy, as we do today, the clean air and water, wildlife, beauty and opportunities for recreation and renewal that pristine forests, rivers, deserts and mountains provide.

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Financial

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82.03

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
78.4%
  Administrative Expenses 4.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.70
  Program Expenses Growth 6.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Wilderness Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Wilderness Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Wilderness Society (DC) 87.11 three stars
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association (NJ) 93.34 four stars
Sustainable Conservation (CA) 88.59 three stars
California Native Plant Society (CA) 93.87 four stars
Anacostia Watershed Society (MD) 90.58 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $40,678,895
   Federated Campaigns $69,601
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $40,748,496
   Program Service Revenue $180,148
Total Primary Revenue $40,928,644
   Other Revenue $1,909,039
TOTAL REVENUE $42,837,683
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $26,182,322
   Administrative Expenses $1,411,692
   Fundraising Expenses $5,555,161
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $33,149,175
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $9,688,508
   
Net Assets $62,625,935

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
Wild Public Lands Protection $13,611,058 52.0%
Guiding Energy Development $8,687,301 33.2%
Programs in Urban Areas $3,883,963 14.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 09/03/2019 87.11 three stars
2017-09 09/01/2018 89.71 three stars
2016-09 10/01/2017 85.65 three stars
2015-09 10/01/2016 84.19 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 86.16 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 09/01/2015 85.92 three stars
2013-09 11/01/2014 85.73 three stars
2013-09 10/01/2014 83.99 three stars
2012-09 11/01/2013 81.26 three stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 81.61 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 87.85 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 09/01/2010 81.10 three stars
2008-09 12/01/2009 68.37 one star
2007-09 04/01/2009 71.87 two stars
2006-09 05/01/2008 76.97 two stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 84.19 three stars
2004-09 11/01/2005 78.09 two stars
2003-09 10/01/2004 80.02 three stars
2002-09 12/01/2003 76.20 two stars
2001-09 04/15/2003 84.42 three 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 53-0167933
Name in IRS Master File WILDERNESS SOCIETY
NTEE Code C34
NTEE Classification Land Resources Conservation
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
(279) Other services or benefits to members or employees
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 May, 1942
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$351,617 1.06% Jamie Williams President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Wilderness Society (DC) 87.11 three stars
Natural Resources Council of Maine (ME) 93.11 four stars
Sky Island Alliance (AZ) 97.70 four stars
Land Trust Alliance (DC) 90.85 four stars
California Native Plant Society (CA) 93.87 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Wilderness Society
1615 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (800) 843-9453
EIN: 53-0167933

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Board Leadership

David Churchill
Chair

CEO

Jamie Williams
President

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