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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

World Resources Institute

Working at the intersection of environment & human needs

four stars

98.23

10 G Street, NE Suite 800
Washington, DC 20002
tel: (202) 729-7600   Web Site
EIN: 52-1257057

Board Leadership
James A. Harmon & David Blood
Co-Chairs

CEO
Andrew Steer
President and 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 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more. WRI's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. WRI's more than 450 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources-the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transport.

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more. WRI's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. WRI's more than 450 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources-the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transport.

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Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 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)
90.6%
  Administrative Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.02
  Program Expenses Growth 10.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by World Resources Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by World Resources Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
World Resources Institute (DC) 98.23 four stars
Trustees for Alaska (AK) 87.25 three stars
Oregon Environmental Council (OR) 96.66 four stars
Environmental Health Coalition (CA) 86.60 three stars
Coming Clean (VT) 88.79 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $133,178,110
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,504,911
Total Contributions $138,683,021
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $138,683,021
   Other Revenue $1,551,141
TOTAL REVENUE $140,234,162
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $94,488,644
   Administrative Expenses $7,088,210
   Fundraising Expenses $2,461,553
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $104,038,407
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $36,195,755
   
Net Assets $123,230,194

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
Food, Forest, Water Program $34,767,276 36.8%
Ross Center for Sustainable Cities $21,283,995 22.5%
Climate Program $17,872,236 18.9%

Ratings History
World Resources Institute has received 12 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 11/01/2019 98.23 four stars
2017-09 09/01/2018 95.47 four stars
2016-09 12/01/2017 96.46 four stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 96.46 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 100.00 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 97.46 four stars
2013-09 11/01/2014 97.23 four stars
2012-09 08/01/2013 97.26 four stars
2011-09 07/01/2012 97.23 four stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 97.15 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 10/01/2010 95.84 four stars
2008-09 09/01/2009 98.15 four stars
2007-09 10/01/2008 91.26 four stars
2006-09 05/01/2007 88.91 three stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 86.72 three stars
2004-09 07/01/2005 85.24 three stars
2003-09 08/01/2004 82.33 three stars
2002-09 08/01/2003 98.51 four stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 95.94 four stars
2000-09 04/15/2002 93.78 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 52-1257057
Name in IRS Master File WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE
NTEE Code Q05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (379) Other conservation, environmental or beautification activities
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, 1982
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
$416,554 0.40% Andrew Steer President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
World Resources Institute (DC) 98.23 four stars
Ceres (MA) 96.52 four stars
Conservation Minnesota (MN) 88.06 three stars
Wyoming Outdoor Council (WY) 90.39 four stars
Property and Environment Research Center (MT) 90.88 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

World Resources Institute
10 G Street, NE
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20002
tel: (202) 729-7600
fax: (202) 729-7610
EIN: 52-1257057

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Board Leadership

James A. Harmon & David Blood
Co-Chairs

CEO

Andrew Steer
President and CEO

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